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When you are injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, consider hiring a personal injury lawyer to help you recover compensation for your damages. If so, you must choose the right lawyer for your case. During your initial consultation with a potential lawyer, be sure to ask the following questions:
1. How Much Experience Do You Have in Personal Injury Law?
You want to hire a lawyer who has significant experience handling personal injury cases like yours. Find out how long the lawyer has been practicing personal injury law and how many cases similar to yours they have handled.
2. What Is Your Success Rate in Personal Injury Cases?
You should also ask the lawyer about their success rate in personal injury cases. This will give you an idea of their experience and whether or not they are likely to be successful in recovering compensation for you.
3. How Much Will It Cost to Hire You?
Contingency fee agreements are common for personal injury lawyers, which means they will not be paid until their clients are awarded compensation. However, there may still be some costs associated with hiring a lawyer, such as a court filing fees. Be sure to ask about these costs upfront, so there are no surprises later on.
4. What Are My Options for Pursuing Compensation?
Your lawyer should also be able to explain the different options available for pursuing compensation in a personal injury case. For example, you may be able to reach a settlement with the at-fault party outside of court, or you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit.
5. What Are the Potential Risks and Rewards of Pursuing a Claim?
There are always risks involved in pursuing a personal injury claim, even if you have a strong case. Your lawyer should be able to explain these risks to you and help you decide whether or not pursuing a claim is in your best interests.
6. What Are the Statutes of Limitations for Filing a Personal Injury Claim in My State?
Each state has its own deadlines for filing a personal injury claim. Be sure to ask about the deadlines that apply in your case so you can make sure your claim is filed in a timely manner.
7. What evidence do I need to prove my case?
Your lawyer will also need to see evidence of your injuries and damages in order to build a strong case. Be sure to bring any relevant medical records, bills, and other documentation with you to your initial consultation.
8. How long will my case take?
The length of time it takes to resolve a personal injury case can vary depending on the facts of the case and the injuries involved. Be sure to ask your lawyer for an estimate of how long they think it will take to reach a resolution in your case.
9. What are my chances of winning?
No personal injury lawyer can guarantee that you will win your case, but they should be able to give you an idea of your chances based on the facts of your case.
10. Who will work on my case?
Junior associates or paralegals handle initial consultations in many law firms. However, actual cases are typically handled by experienced trial lawyers. Be sure to ask who will be working on your case and whether or not you will be able to meet with them in person.
These are just a few of the questions you should ask when meeting with a potential personal injury lawyer. By asking these questions, you can get a better idea of the lawyer’s experience and whether or not they are likely to be successful in handling your case. Be sure to ask any other questions you may have about your case during the consultation as well.
Josh is writer and paralegal, with over 10 years of experience in family law, personal injury, criminal defense and more.