When you’re in an accident, the last thing you need is the additional stress of an unqualified personal injury attorney. Finding the right lawyer can be confusing and if you don’t know what to ask you can end up with the wrong one. We’ve compiled a list of the top 5 questions you should ask any potential personal injury lawyer.
Which types of cases do you typically handle? Have you ever handled anything similar to my case?
Some general practice lawyers work on a little bit of everything, which means they won’t have as much day to day experience in personal injury. They may handle other types of cases like immigration or divorce in addition to personal injury. You want to find someone who focuses on personal injury as they will know the ins and outs of how to best manage your case and how to get you the best outcome.
Who will actually handle my case?
Many practices utilize legal assistants or paralegals to entirely manage cases. Your personal injury case is important and deserves to be managed by a practicing attorney who has the time to attend to your case’s needs. Find an attorney who will handle your case directly and not delegate it to someone without a license to practice law.
Will you handle lost value on my car?
This is important. Not only do you want to make sure your vehicle is taken care of, but if there is a potential diminished value claim will your lawyer be looking to get your FULL recovery. Even if it’s just a few hundred dollars you deserve to be fully compensated for all damages.
What is your track record with personal injury cases?
You want to find someone with a proven track record. Ask the attorney for their success rate with personal injury cases. Insurance companies know which attorneys will actually file lawsuits instead of dropping difficult cases and will use that to assess their risk. If a firm never files a lawsuit, the insurance company won’t be afraid to lowball them. You want an attorney with the right strategies to get you the best result.
Do you have the resources to take on my case?
Lawsuits involving serious personal injury can be expensive to take to court. You’ll want to make sure your attorney is prepared to handle your case. If your attorney lacks sufficient resources, you may be pressured into taking an unsatisfactory settlement. Find an attorney with the internal and financial resources to handle your case for the long haul.
Use these 5 questions to reduce the stress of finding a personal injury lawyer. If the attorney does not satisfy these requirements, it is time to move on.