If you have been injured and need the assistance of a personal injury attorney, there are a few things you should consider asking while interviewing one to handle your case.
The important of experience in this area of law cannot be overstated. Personal Injury is unlike many other areas of law. This is not a simple contract that need draw up and signed. Your personal injury attorneys experience is going to make a big difference in whether or not you awarded enough money to compensate you for current medical bill, lost wages, personal property loss and any future medical needs that may arise due to the accident. You will want to find a lawyer that has a history of success with cases like yours.
Another consideration is compensation, and whether it is going to be very extensive. You should ask what type of compensation your potential attorney plans to seek. Will the dollar amount be enough to cover current and future medical costs, property damage, pain and suffering, and the loss of earnings? If you are the widow in a wrongful death case, will you seek compensation for the funeral and burial expenses, all medical expenses associated with the accident that lead to the death of your spouse or family member, loss of financial support and benefits, and the loss of companionship? Of course, much of the recovery will depend on your relationship with the deceased and his or her circumstances. A knowledgeable attorney will help you to understand the type of compensation you are entitled to and should seek.
The circumstances surrounding each personal injury case is different for every client. An experienced accident lawyer will take a detailed account of the events that lead to the victim’s injuries. Only extremely skilled lawyers will be able to help you to discern the true value of your claim. When seeking compensation, you really should speak with an attorney before talking to the insurance company. You could inadvertently share information about a knee injury that occurred 20 years ago during a high school soccer match, that you fully recovered from, and the insurance company will now try to tie to your current injury thereby reducing your compensation.
Many times, through careful preparation and investigation by a personal injury attorney, cases are settled out of court. On the off chance that your case needs to go to court, your attorneys trial experience is going to play an important role in whether you win your case and the necessary award needed to fully recover from the accident. Be sure to ask the law firm you hire about their trial experience, including what percentage of their cases are settled out of court and their success rate on cases that have gone to court.
Finally, when engaging a personal injury attorney, ask them what the time frame of a case like yours looks like. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done and witness that need to be called, it may take a significant amount of time to reconcile your case. The time frame of an injury case is the leading cause of victims taking a low settlement offer. When working with an experienced attorney, he or she may be able to help you defer certain bills associated with the accident until an equitable agreement has been reached, or until the court awards you compensation.