Personal injury accidents often result in serious physical, emotional, and financial burdens. For these reasons, it is crucial for victims of accidents to seek legal counsel. Exploring legal actions can help an injured party seek justice and recover compensation for any damages sustained. An important initial step is for the injured party to initially discuss their case with a Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney.
The two primary steps for initiating legal action are evaluating personal injury attorneys and preparing for your initial consultation with your selected attorney. Below you will learn more about each step, including important questions to ask a personal injury attorney in the evaluation process and the preparation necessary for your initial consultation.
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Questions to Ask When Evaluating a Personal Injury Lawyer
No matter your personal injury case type, it is important to find a thorough, diligent, reliable, and hard working personal injury attorney. You will probably receive advice and even referrals from family and friends. While that may be helpful, there are some questions that you should ask before choosing your lawyer. Below are some important questions to ask during the evaluation process.
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When you hire an attorney, you want to know that they have experience with your specific category of case. Related questions include the number of years the attorney has been practicing law and the number of similar cases they have handled.
This question is one of the most pertinent to ask. When you are looking to hire an attorney, their track record matters. Find out how successful they have been fighting cases for clients in your shoes. What were the outcomes? Were their clients satisfied?
It is your right to know whether your lawyer has ever been accused or found guilty of misconduct. If this question is uncomfortable, the information about this answer is online, but keep in mind the attorney may have an explanation for the accusation.
While this answer is tough to predict, a lawyer should be able to predict the possible outcomes and the identify the most likely outcome for your specific case.
Your attorney should outline the appropriate approaches for your case, and the strategy they plan to use. Do not shy away from questions related to this topic, because the strategy choice of your attorney will certainly affect the outcome of your case.
Attorneys and other legal staff are busy with numerous cases, so it is important to set expectations regarding communication. This consideration includes who will contact you, the frequency of communication, and available points of contact for questions or concerns. Defining the attorney-client relationship ahead of time will ensure that you have consistent and regular communication with your attorney.
It is important to know exactly how your lawyer calculates fees for their representation. Depending on your case, that charge could be a set amount or an hourly rate. If your lawsuit is for monetary recovery, your lawyer may charge you a contingency fee, which means that your attorney gets paid a percentage of awarded money received after successful litigation or a settlement. Additionally, discussing how expenses are handled and defining cost responsibility are crucial. While your attorney won’t be able to tell you the exact cost of your case, they should be able to provide you with an estimate.
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Finding out what your exact role in the case will be is important. Your responsibilities usually include providing information and documents to your attorney. You will also be advised not to discuss the case with potential witnesses. By asking this question, your personal injury attorney will advise you on what you should and should not do.
This question list is a solid base to consider when searching for an attorney to hire. As you initially speak to lawyers or receive more details on your case, you may add more questions. Since the evaluation process is important, never shy away from asking questions to potential personal injury attorney candidates.
At Spear Greenfield, we invite you to utilize this same evaluation when considering our law firm. Our proven track record speaks for itself. Our customer focus has contributed to our firm’s longevity in the crowded Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury markets. Our “no fee guarantee” ensures our customers that a partnership with Spear Greenfield is not a gamble. To learn more about Spear Greenfield and our successful resume of winning personal injury cases, please click on the link below.
In order to prepare for your appointment with a personal injury attorney, you must gather any necessary documents for your case. This information allows the attorney to have an understanding of the accident and injuries. Important documentation will include the following:
A written, chronological description of how the accident and your injuries occurred.
A copy of the police or incident report from your accident.
The names and contact information of any witnesses at the accident scene.
Your medical records to prove your injuries.
Receipts of any expenses related to the injuries, which can include any out-of-pocket expenses for treatment and in-home care.
Photos or videos of the accident and your injuries.
Your insurance information including health, automobile, renter, or homeowner policies.
A list of any contact with the other party or their insurance company, including letters, emails, phone calls, etc.
The initial consultation is the place to ask case-specific questions to your personal injury attorney, so have questions prepared for this meeting. Since this meeting will be question-driven and include plenty of information, writing your questions down will remind you to ask your lawyer before leaving the meeting.
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Questions a Personal Injury Attorney Will Ask in an Initial Consultation
Along with the documentation, a personal injury attorney will also ask a variety of questions pertaining to your case and life. This information allows the lawyer to better represent you as a person instead of just a case. The questions that may be asked during an initial consultation may include the following:
What injuries do you have? How are you feeling?
Have you seen a doctor? What was the prognosis?
Did you talk to any other lawyers or insurance representatives?
What medical and automobile insurance coverage do you have?
Did you give a statement about the accident to your insurance company?
Where are you employed/what do you do? How long have you worked there?
Have you ever been in an accident before?
The initial consultation is an early part of the legal process, but a personal injury attorney’s guidance does not end there. Learn more about the basics of personal injury cases including an outline of the legal process by clicking the link below.
When considering your legal options, sometimes the initial steps are the most difficult, because of the trauma related to your accident, especially one that caused you physical, emotional, and financial damages. As your legal partner, Spear Greenfield will eliminate the pressure from the legal process by putting our decades of experience and substantial resources to work for you. We will guide you through the legal process and fight for the maximum compensation that you deserve!
If you have been injured in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, click below to follow our step-by-step guide through the process. This guide will help identify your case type, determine whether legal representation is necessary, and educate you on important elements of your case.
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