Before You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer, Ask These QuestionsHow were you injured?
To get you started, in order to see liability, you must first be able to prove injury. If you suffered little injury, filing a lawsuit may be a waste of time. If you suffered serious injury, it's time to consider legal action. Be clear on how you were injured by getting as much details on the accident as possible.
Who's at fault, or holds more liability?
Once you know your injury is severe enough, you have to ask who's at fault. This question can be more complex than you might think. If you walked in front of a car going on a green, you might have trouble proving definite liability. It might be both driver and you hold liability. Liability is crucial. Witnesses, any evidence, and the police report can all influence the decision on who's at fault.
Are you going to miss work?
If you were hurt to an extent where you will have to miss work, it's time to consider proper compensation. If your injury is severe, and you will miss work, it's time to consult with a lawyer. If you, for example, can never work the same job again, the claim could be quite high.
Do you have high medical bills?
If you have spiraling medical bills, even if fault is on both sides you should get some compensation. Usually you will have legal protection if you receive high medical bills you simply have no way of paying.
What were the long term physical and mental effects?
If you cannot work for a long time, you may also lose the ability to do other simple things. You may not be able to go for walks or jogs for some time. You may be confined to a wheelchair. Sexual relations with your spouse may suffer. It's important to ask this question as long term physical effects can lead to long term mental effects.
Do you have evidence?
What evidence proves fault? Are there witnesses? These questions are critical. If you have trouble proving fault, a lawyer may be better able to help you.
What have you said to the defendant and any lawyers?
Before you even hire a lawyer, you may get some questions from the defendant, sometimes an insurer, and often their lawyer. You should say absolutely nothing until you consult with your own lawyer. Sign no documents, agree to nothing, and say nothing verbally. An experienced personal injury lawyer, an officer, and a judge should be the only people you speak to. And if the defendant is offering you a settlement, do not take it without consulting in detail with your lawyer.