All too often a person injured as a result of another’s negligence will fail to seek a legal remedy because they don’t understand or are fearful of the legal system. An experienced personal injury attorney can alleviate those fears and guide you to a satisfactory settlement of your claim. These six questions can help in retaining the services of a qualified and conscientious lawyer to represent your interests.
How much will it cost to determine if you have a actionable case?
You should not let the fear of the initial cost stop you from seeking a legal remedy. A good lawyer will discuss the basic facts of your claim and give you a good idea as to the validity of your claim and the chances for recovering damages.
In what area of law do you specialize?
You would not call on a cardiologist to set a broken ankle, in the same vein a lawyer versed in criminal law may not be the best choice to represent you in a personal injury case. Be sure your prospective lawyer has personal injury litigation experience.
Beyond the initial visit how much will this cost?
By in large, most lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. In other word the attorney gets paid for his services after you have received your settlement. This fee structure allows you to get the best possible representation without a large upfront payment. Although the lawyer is paid on a contingency basis (usually a percentage of your settlement amount) any expenses he may incur will be billed to you at the conclusion of your case. Be sure to understand the fees and expenses when hiring an attorney.
Beyond the cost of a lawyer how much of my settlement do I get to keep?
If you have made insurance claims as a result of your injury and the insurance company has paid out benefits you may well have to reimburse the insurance carrier from the proceeds of your settlement A competent attorney will work with you and the insurance company to make sure you retain as much as your settlement as possible.
How long will this take, and can you guarantee a positive result?
Litigation takes time; an experienced attorney can provide a realistic idea of how long it will take to hear your case. Avoid an attorney that promises a quick settlement or guarantees a positive outcome, they rarely come true.
If you have been injured it is important to look to experienced legal representation to protect your rights and get the compensation that is due you. Silverthorne Attorneys specialize in personal injury law and are available to provide a no cost obligation free initial consultation.