The safety of yourself and your family is undoubtedly one of your priorities. When you or a family member is injured through no fault of our own, be it at work, at school or on someone’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering.
It is often in your best interest to consult with a personal injury lawyer before you speak with any individual party or insurance agent. An attorney with experience in personal injury law can give you much needed advice regarding your rights and eligibility to receive compensation.
If you have never experienced an issue that necessitated the contacting of an attorney, you may be overwhelmed by your choices. There are dozens of lawyers in the area that claim to be experts at this type of litigation. Unfortunately, not all of these attorneys have the experience that they claim.
Before you take any steps forward, it is important that you hire the right lawyer to handle your case. To assist you in that endeavor, here is a list of questions that you must ask before you hire any personal injury attorney.
1. What is your area of specialty? While an attorney may be licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction, they must have knowledge of personal injury law in order to assist you.
2. How many personal injury cases have you handled? Everyone needs to start somewhere, but you don’t want to be the first.
3. What were the results of your personal injury cases that went to trial? No lawyer wins every case, but their average should be in our favor.
4. How long will it take to resolve my personal injury case? Every case is different, but an experienced attorney should be able to give you a fairly accurate time line.
5. How often will you communicate with me? You want to be kept abreast of your case without finding it necessary to track your attorney down for an update.
6. Are you handling a great number of cases currently? It’s not unusual for lawyers to handle multiple cases, but you want to be sure that your attorney has time for your case.
7. Will you be the attorney that handles my case should it go to trial? Some lawyers will offer you a consultation and then hand your case off if it goes to trial.
8. Do you have references? Be sure to perform due diligence and speak to several past clients.
9. What is your license number? You can look up an attorney on the state’s State Bar website to be sure they are licensed in good standing.
10. Do you have a contingency fee? This is a fee that you will pay your attorney should your case go to trial and the judge rules in your favor.
If you have been injured, it is in your best interest to consult an attorney that can assist you. At Auger & Auger, we have successfully handled personal injury cases of all types. Please contact us today so that we can begin discussing your rights immediately.