When you’ve been in an accident, it can seem like your new to-do list is never-ending. Between seeking the right medical treatment, dealing with the insurance companies, and balancing your own healing with the finances of it all, it can be extremely overwhelming!
In most cases, you know that a personal injury attorney can help navigate the stressful encounters with the insurance companies, but how do you know who to work with?
Ask the following questions before you hire an injury attorney
We’ve put together a list of 7 questions to ask your potential personal injury lawyer to help you determine if they are a good fit for you:
- How do you charge for your services?
Some attorneys charge by the hour, some implement a “fixed fee.” Each law group will have different standards when it comes to costs. It can be helpful to ask upfront about any potential costs and an overview of what exactly is covered.
Some attorneys may be able to provide you with a sample outline of what your case may cost. Ask if there are any potential extra costs not listed within the sample. Let them know you’d like to be well prepared for potential financial responsibilities.
- What are your fees? Is there a consultation fee?
For example in the practice area of personal injury, attorneys work on the basis of contingency fees. Working with an attorney on a contingency fee basis means that they only collect their fee if they win your case.
If your case is won, your attorney will charge a contingency fee based on the amount of your settlement. This could range anywhere from 25 percent to 40+ percent of your settlement.
In some cases, you may encounter additional fees. Consultation fees are very common among different law groups, so it is important to ask about this as well.
- How will I be expected to pay for your services?
Once you discuss estimated costs for legal services, it is important to know how and when you will be expected to pay.
Asking about payment plans and timelines can help you prepare for the road ahead, as well as determine which law group may be best suited for you and your situation.
- Can I speak to a past client?
Reviews can only say so much. It can be helpful to hear first hand experiences of past clients and it doesn’t hurt to ask for references. Online, written reviews can help as well if you’re unable to speak with past clients.
This can give you insight as to how potential attorneys work with their clients and can give you a more dynamic overview of each attorney.
- Do you have adequate availability to take on my case?
You want to ensure that you will be well taken care of and that your attorney will have the time to devote to your case.
With personal injury cases, timeliness can be crucial. Ensuring that you’ll be able to contact your attorney in a timely manner is important.
Make sure that the attorney you are considering hiring will be able to personally consult with you on your case and that your case will not be handled by a case manager or paralegal.
- How often can I expect updates regarding my case?
Upfront expectations can be helpful in times of uncertainty with personal injury cases. Knowing how often you will receive information about your case can help ease your mind as the legal process can take time.
- What is my role in the process?
If you’re pursuing a personal injury case, chances are that you’re also in the process of healing. The whole experience can be overwhelming, however, it’s important to know what you will be responsible for within the case.
You may be required to make statements, provide evidence or compile documentation. You can ask your attorney what specifics they anticipate needing from you.
If you have additional questions about working with a personal injury attorney, feel free to reach out to us at Pipas Law Group to discuss your options.