Five Questions to ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are going to want a competent personal injury lawyer by your side while you pursue the compensation that you are legally entitled to. How do you pick the attorney who is right for you? While there is no magic formula to follow during the selection process, asking the following five questions during your initial consultation with a personal injury attorney will help ensure that you know what you are paying for and that the lawyer you retain is a good fit for you and your case.Question 1: Have You Handled My Type of Case Before?
Personal injury lawyers see a broad spectrum of cases, therefore it is a good idea to select a lawyer who has experience handling your particular type of injury case. Keep in mind that a personal injury lawyer who specializes in workers’ compensation claims may not be well versed in the law surrounding defective drug claims, and vice versa. Therefore, be sure to ask the lawyer that you are interviewing whether he or she has handled your particular type of personal injury case before, approximately how many times, and how those cases turned out.Question 2: Will Other Attorneys Also Be Working on My Case?
Be aware that the attorney you are interviewing may not be the only person working on your case. In many law offices a good deal of your case work will actually be completed by junior attorneys, paralegals, and non-attorney case managers. This is not a bad thing, as these employees are often completely competent and bill at a lower hourly rate than the head attorney on the case. What is important is that you ask who will be working on your case, and in what capacity, so that you do not run into surprises later on down the road.Question 3: Have You Ever Been Disciplined by a State Bar Association?
Most attorneys have never been disciplined by a state bar association, therefore, if an attorney answers yes to this question that should be a big red flag for you. If the attorney has had any ethical or other violations in the past be sure to inquire as to why the attorney was disciplined.Question 4: Will I Be Able to Contact You Personally Anytime?
While interviewing the attorney be sure to ask about how you will be able to contact him or her during the case. You may want to ask whether you can call, email, or text. Additionally, be aware that some law firms require you to speak with a secretary or paralegal before you can speak with the attorney handling your case. Asking this question will help provide insight as to how this particular attorney and the firm handles business.Question 5: What is Your Fee Structure?
Be sure the ask the attorney at the outset to explain his or her fee structure to you. This is particularly important when interviewing personal injury lawyers, as some work on a contingency fee basis while others charge an hourly rate. Most personal injury lawyers in Georgia work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they will not charge for their services unless you receive compensation for your injury. What is important is that you thoroughly discuss the details of the attorney’s fee structure so that you know what you will be expected to pay and when.Need Legal Advice?
It is important to hire a personal injury lawyer whom you trust. The experienced Atlanta injury attorneys of the Angell Law Firm are committed to providing exceptional legal services while keeping their clients well informed during every step of the process. Call us today at (770) 217-4954 to see if we are a good fit for you during a free consultation.See Related Blog Posts