I was recently injured in a car crash near Shreveport. I’m not sure what to do. I know I need help, but I don’t know how to find the best accident attorney to help me. What questions should I ask before hiring a lawyer to take on my case?
Car accidents can be scary and stressful events. There are many aspects to deal with, including medical bills, property damage repair, and insurance claim filings, just to name a few.
Fortunately, a personal injury attorney can navigate the process for you and help make sure you are treated and justly compensated for any damages you may suffer. Choosing the right attorney, however, is crucial to making sure that the outcome of a tough situation is positive.
When choosing an accident lawyer, there are several questions that you should ask up front.
The first is,
“What is your success rate in settling personal injury cases of this type?”
You should never feel embarrassed to ask this question and, as a potential client, it is important for you to know that the attorney you are hiring is experienced in the field of personal injury law. While it is true that attorneys can adapt to different areas of the law, being the “test case” may not be the right move.
The second question to ask is,
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“Will you manage every aspect of my case?”
In motor vehicle accidents, there are numerous aspects to be managed over a period time. Someone must collect incident reports, locate potential witnesses, set up insurance claims, manage property damage, collect medical bills and records, speak to claims adjustors, and verify that there is enough insurance coverage available.
These are just a few things that must be taken care of in a personal injury case. An attorney who is willing to manage all areas of your case will be the most beneficial to you in the long run and will also make the process run most efficiently for you.
The third and most important question to ask is,
“What fee will you charge for your services, and how will costs be billed on my case?”
No attorney-client contract should ever be entered into without the client first knowing what fee percentage the attorney will charge, as well as who will ultimately be responsible for costs in the case. Your attorney should be open and honest with you about the potential costs of managing your case and whether the fee will be billed hourly, based on contingency, or some other form of arrangement. If you have any doubts, you should not agree to the arrangement, and should research other attorneys in the area who may do similar work, or reach out to the local attorney bar association for guidance on what a typical fee may be in your area.
The bottom line is, ask as many questions as you need to ensure that you find an attorney who is the right fit for you. If you feel you are not getting an honest or helpful response, keep searching until all of your concerns are satisfied. Of course, your best option is always Morris Bart, and all it takes is ONE CALL to get the best attorneys around!