Securing fair compensation for your injuries and other relevant losses after a severe accident can be very challenging. There are other financial and emotionally-tasking issues like the medical expenses, lost wages if you’re unable to go back to work, and having to deal with insurance companies. During this period, you need an experienced attorney on your side. He or she can represent your interests during settlement negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurer. A personal injury lawyer is an expert with whom you can work very closely. Hire someone you feel comfortable with and consider a trusted advisor. It is wise to interview two or more lawyers before choosing who you want to handle your lawsuit. Here are the important questions you must ask potential personal injury attorneys.
Question 1: What’s your level of experience with cases similar to mine?
Many personal injury lawyers handle several types of cases including car accidents, medical malpractice, animal bites, slip & falls, and product liability. However, there’s no lawyer who can handle all types of personal injury cases. Look for a lawyer who has outstanding experience in handling cases similar to yours.
Question 2: Who will be handling my case?
The attorney you hire may not be the only expert handling your case. Most attorneys and legal firms have a paralegal or a legal secretary to help in the preparation of legal documents. If you want to have a reliable relationship with your attorney throughout your case, find out if you will be working with the lawyer directly.
Question 3: How much is my case worth?
Your lawyer should be able to offer you a rough prediction regarding the amount of compensation you can expect and the chances of winning. To ensure that the lawyer is not overpromising, try to keep track of responses from several lawyers you interviewed. Analyze these answers and see if they’re all in the same ballpark. If you come across a lawyer promising a significantly higher value, be wary, unless he or she can explain why your case may be worth more.
Question 4: Will my case go to trial?
Your attorney should expect that your case will go to trial and adequately prepare for it. While settling out of court makes sense in most cases, your attorney must have the necessary skills and experience to take your case to trial. Remember, the difference between settling out of court and fighting your case in court is substantial to your overall compensation.
Question 5: What level of participation do I have?
Your attorney will be defending you in a way that you can’t do on your own. Focus on understanding the nature of the client-attorney relationship you intend to establish. Do you want to get heavily involved in your case, or are you seeking a hands-off experience? Make sure the specific attorney you hire aligns with your preferences.
Question 6: Why should I hire you?
This question can help gauge an attorney’s confidence in and interest in your case. Pay attention to how the lawyer can contribute to getting you the amount of compensation you are entitled to. Your personal injury attorney must have enough time and energy to help ensure your case is a success.
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Ultimately you should choose a lawyer who isn’t afraid to represent you in settlement negotiations or take your case to trial when necessary. Contact the experienced West Palm Beach personal injury lawyers at Fetterman & Associates, P.A. today for aggressive professional representation. Schedule a free consultation by calling 561-845-2510 or visit our online Contact Us page.