When hiring a personal injury lawyer, it is important to make sure you are comfortable with the attorney you choose. There are many questions you can ask to help you decide on the lawyer that is right for you. At the same time that you evaluate a potential attorney, you can also learn more about what to expect as your case moves forward.
Discover what questions can best help you choose an attorney while discovering more about your case. The personal injury lawyers at Rand Spear will be happy to answer these and any other questions you might have. Reach out to us today by phone or through our website and get answers to your questions with a free consultation.
How Long Have You Been Practicing Personal Injury Law?
When it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer, experience matters. You want to ensure that the attorney you choose has a history of handling personal injury cases and securing favorable results for their clients.
You also need to realize that all personal injury cases are different. The laws that apply to a case can change depending on a variety of factors. You should ask follow-up questions to make sure the attorney has handled cases similar to your own.
What Is Your Track Record in the Courtroom?
Many personal injury lawyers are able to negotiate settlement deals for their clients. However, far fewer have the necessary experience and skills to take a case to court. While most personal injury cases conclude with out-of-court settlements, there is always the possibility that your case will go to trial.
You need to ensure that the lawyer you choose is capable of handling your case, no matter where it leads. You want someone with plenty of experience litigating cases in court and a high winning rate in those situations.
What Is Your Fee Structure?
It is essential that you understand how your lawyer will charge you for their services. The vast majority of personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means that they don’t charge their clients unless they win money on their behalf. In these cases, if your attorney wins, they will charge a single fee, which will be assessed as a percentage of the money you recover.
However, the percentage of this fee varies from lawyer to lawyer and can also be different depending on whether the case settles out of court or if compensation is won in a trial.
You should also check to see if the lawyer charges case-related costs if they lose your case. While lawyers working on a contingency fee basis will not charge for their time in the event of a loss, some will still charge for money they spent while building your case.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
You can find online calculators that claim to be able to give you an estimate of how much you can expect to recover in a personal injury lawsuit. However, these calculators are highly unreliable as a variety of factors must be taken into account. While these tools can’t effectively estimate the value of your claim, an experienced personal injury lawyer can.
When you speak with an attorney, they won’t be able to give you an exact figure for how much you will receive if you win your case. However, after looking at the damages you suffered and the other details of your case, they should be able to give you a rough estimate of how much you will likely receive should you settle or win your case in court.
Can I Contact a Past Client?
While many lawyers post client testimonials on their websites, these reviews don’t always tell the full story. Speaking directly with a past client can help you better understand what to expect when working with a lawyer.
A past client can have unique insight into how a lawyer operates. They can share what they consider to be the pros and cons of working with the attorney to give you a better idea of whether the lawyer and you will be a good fit.
What Role Will I Play?
You may desire to be very hands-on in your case and attend all meetings and depositions. Alternatively, you could be hoping to have your attorney handle everything on their own so that you don’t have to worry about it. Whatever you desire, ensuring that you and your lawyer are on the same page is essential.
Some lawyers are very willing to work hands-on with clients, while others won’t allow you to participate. Understanding your role before hiring an attorney is essential to ensuring that you are comfortable with how your case will be handled.
Ask All Your Questions in a Free Consultation With an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
At Rand Spear, we are happy to answer all of these questions and any others you may have. We aim to ensure that you are comfortable with your legal representation. We can go over how we will handle your case from start to finish and explain why we feel this is the best approach.
We know how important recovering compensation after an injury can be, and we want to provide our clients with the peace of mind that their case is being handled thoughtfully and capably.
Contact us today by phone or through our website to schedule a free case consultation where you can ask one of our personal injury lawyers any questions you may have. We will review your case, provide you with answers, and advise you of your options for pursuing compensation.