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. They can also guide you to a satisfactory settlement. These six questions can help in retaining the services of a qualified and conscientious lawyer to represent your interests.
How much will it cost?
You should not let the fear of the initial cost stop you from seeking legal representation. 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. Your initial consultation with your injury attorney will be free!
In what area of law do you specialize?
You would not call on a cardiologist to set a broken ankle, in the same way, 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. Making sure to choose someone who has experience working on personal injury claims will only be beneficial for you. Your attorney knows the ins and outs of the insurance adjusters and how to deal with them.
Beyond the initial visit how much will this cost?
By in large, most lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. In other words, 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 payment upfront. 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. Your attorney and/or your case manager will go over these costs with you. You will never be left in the dark.
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. Or the attorney is not actually interested in your case and is just looking to get a quick settlement. Make sure you do not choose an attorney who will do this. This is in your best interest. You want an injury attorney who will not back down when insurance companies are being bullies.
Suffering from injuries? Contact an injury attorney today!
If you have been injured it is important to seek legal representation to protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Silverthorne Attorneys specializes in personal injury law and are available to provide a no cost, obligation free consultation.