You should get answers to some important questions when selecting a personal injury attorney to represent you.
Not every attorney is right for every case or every client. Here are 10 questions to ask when hiring a personal injury attorney.
What Is Your Experience in Practicing Personal Injury Law?
Ask how long the attorney has handled personal injury cases and what percentage of their caseload involves personal injury claims. Having a seasoned personal injury lawyer is essential. Weigh the attorney’s experience and its relevance to the type of case they may handle for you.
What Types of Personal Injury Cases Do You Normally Handle?
Personal injury law encompasses many types of cases including car accidents, slip and fall accidents, commercial truck accidents, dog bites, and motorcycle accidents. Ask what types of personal injury cases the attorney handles. It is important to select a lawyer who has handled a number of cases similar to your case.
What Results Have You Obtained in Cases Like Mine?
Past cases are not predictive of future results. But positive results reflect an attorney’s experience handling cases and show that an attorney knows what is necessary to develop a successful case. At Sam & Ash, we have recovered more than $400 million for clients in Nevada and California. Our goal is to make a positive difference in the life of every client we represent.
What Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
The value of a case depends on many factors including the severity of the accident victim’s injuries and the insurance policies available to provide compensation. After discussing your injuries, a personal injury attorney may offer a general idea of the value of your claim. Be wary of any attorney who promises a certain result. No attorney can guarantee a specific outcome to a case.
What Do You Charge for Your Services?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This arrangement allows the injured individual to have the representation of an experienced lawyer. The client only pays a legal fee if the attorney secures a settlement or court award. Most personal injury lawyers take 30 to 40 percent of the settlement or jury award as their fee, plus expenses.
Do You Have the Time to Work on My Case Right Now?
You want to have a clear understanding of whether the lawyer you meet will handle your case or whether it will be assigned to another attorney. In some large firms, an attorney may have many active cases and have staff to handle most of the client interactions. Smaller firms handle fewer cases and spend more face-to-face time with clients.
How Long Should It Take to Resolve My Case?
An attorney should be able to sketch out a general timeline for your case. But the timeframe to resolve your case depends partly on how long it takes for you to recover from your injuries and whether litigation is necessary. It is important to wait to settle until you have recovered and your medical expenses can be accurately estimated. If you have suffered severe injuries and losses, the financial stakes will be higher. The case may take more time to resolve.
Do You Expect My Case to Go to Trial?
Most accident claims are settled out of court. But sometimes, taking a case to trial offers an accident victim the best chance of seeking justice. Ask what percentage of cases the attorney takes to trial. You will want to be sure your attorney has litigation experience if the case goes to trial. At Sam & Ash, we have built a reputation for fighting for What’s Right.
What Will My Participation in the Lawsuit Look Like?
Law firms differ in the level of services they provide to clients. At Sam & Ash, we take the time to get to know clients. We work to understand what each accident victim is experiencing and what they need to rebuild their lives. We make sure our clients have access to the medical specialists they need. We develop a personalized legal strategy tailored to meet your individual needs and stand by you throughout the process.
How Will You Keep Me Updated on the Progress of My Case?
It’s a common complaint that attorneys do not maintain good communications with clients. At Sam & Ash, we understand that good communication is essential to a successful attorney-client relationship. It provides peace of mind to the clients. We believe you deserve an attorney who you can talk to on a first-name basis and who will return your phone calls within 24 hours.
Sam & Ash Injury Law in Las Vegas offers a free initial consultation to review your accident and discuss your legal options. We look forward to answering your questions. Our commitment to doing What’s Right has improved the lives of thousands of people.