Questions to Ask When Consulting Personal Injury Attorney

Thursday, March 15, 2012

If you or a loved one has been injured, it may be time to seek the help of a professional personal injury attorney. Finding an attorney at the best of times can be difficult and time-consuming, so it is even more so when there is an injury involved.

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While many people think of personal injury attorneys in a negative light — that they are ambulance chasers only looking for the easy pay out — this is not generally the case. Most of these types of attorneys are caring professionals who do have your best interests in mind. With their specialized training and knowledge, they can be considered a very good ally to have in your corner during this stressful time.

Here are a few things to look at, as well as questions to ask your potential attorney that will help you make an informed decision.

Referrals
Check with your local bar association for a list of licensed personal injury attorneys. You can also check with the American Bar Association’s website for local attorneys. This website can also provide other legal information that may pertain to your situation.

Ask your friends and relatives for referrals. This is especially pertinent if your friend or family member has experienced a similar situation. You can ask them about how the attorney communicated and treated him or her. Additionally, you may find information about how the legal issues were resolved, and whether your friend felt comfortable with the attorney.

You can also ask your current attorney for a referral. For instance, while your business or tax attorney may handle your business or financial matters, he or she is probably aware of an attorney who could handle your case. Most attorneys are very willing to share referrals with their clients. This is an especially important reference tool if you are looking for an attorney in a specific location, such as a Chicago or Cleveland personal injury claims attorney. Other attorneys in the same area know their colleagues well.

Ask Questions
Once you have a created a list of potential attorneys, set up appointments to meet them personally. During these meetings, you should ask the attorney things such as:
• Has that attorney handled dealt with cases like yours;
• Did he win or lose those cases;
• How difficult will it be to win your particular case;
• What the fees will be for your case.

Your potential candidate may request that he or she be able to get back with you if they can’t provide an immediate answer. This may be because this attorney needs to research the particulars of your case.

Fees
Make sure you ask questions and receive solid answers about the attorney’s billing structure. You should understand whether it will be on a contingency basis, a flat fee or other type of fee basis. Make sure you get this in writing before hiring the lawyer.

With just a little homework and research, you will be able to find an attorney who can help you settle you or your loved one’s injury case in a manner that is satisfactory to all.

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