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What Questions Should I Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

What questions should I ask before hiring a personal injury attorney? If this is something you want to know, it is probably because you have been the innocent victim of an accident in which you suffered injuries and would like to be compensated for those injuries.

If your injuries are minor and your expenses for those injuries are small, you may not need the help of a personal injury attorney. However, if your injuries are serious and have resulted in large medical bills, a great deal of pain and suffering and lost wages; you will definitely need the help of a personal injury attorney to receive fair and just compensation for your injuries.

Finding the personal injury attorney who is right for you is very important. In order to do so, there are some questions you do need to ask before hiring that attorney.

Handled


One of the first questions you should ask is, “Have you handled many cases like mine?” You want a personal injury attorney who has had a lot of experience with personal injury cases, and cases that are like yours. This does not mean that a general practice lawyer or an attorney just beginning their practice could not handle your case and get you fair and just compensation, but do you want an attorney learning the complicated area of personal injury law on your case?

The next question you should ask is, “What were the outcomes of those cases like yours?” You want a personal injury attorney handling your case who has an outstanding record of success in winning for their clients.

One of the important questions you should ask is, “On what basis do you work?” Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This is what you want. It means you will not have to come up with any money “up front”. This means you only owe the attorney a legal fee if they win your case, and you receive monetary compensation for your injuries.

Monetary settlement


The amount you owe is a percentage of your monetary settlement, and you need to find out what this will be at the beginning. It usually amounts to between 25 and 40% of your monetary compensation.

However, this can be negotiable. How well you can negotiate this amount depends on how large a monetary settlement you may be expected to receive and how strong your case is.

Another one of the important questions you should ask is, “Will I be responsible for any case or court costs if I lose?” While not charging a fee if they lose your case, some personal injury attorneys will charge you for court and case costs that can add up to a large amount.

Costs


You should hire a personal injury attorney who will not make you pay for these costs, even if they lose your case. In fact, you should hire a personal injury attorney who will give you a guarantee that you will not have to pay any out-of-pocket expenses.

There are other questions you may want to ask a personal injury attorney before hiring him or her, but these are some of the most important questions you should ask.

Article written by James Shugart

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