I was rear-ended while sitting at a stoplight in Gulfport. I have a lot of neck pain now and I want to find a good lawyer, but I don’t know what questions to ask to make sure I find the best auto accident lawyer to help me with this case. I don’t want to make the wrong decision.
The most important thing you can do is to select an attorney that cares about client satisfaction.
You may be working with the attorney that you select for some time. So, you want an attorney that is friendly and professional, one who will promptly and personally return your calls to keep you informed about the progress of your case and can explain things to you in a way that you understand.
Ask the attorney about how he or she handles client calls?
How promptly will he or she return the calls?
Who does most of the fielding of the phone calls? The attorney? The assistant?
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You should also make sure that your attorney handles mostly personal injury cases and does not just dabble in it.
There are special issues that are unique to personal injury law and practice that you will not find involved with other cases. You want to have an attorney that is conversant in those issues and understands the dynamics. Wrecks might seem simple when it comes to who is at fault in a rear-end collision.
Most attorneys, even if they mostly handle other types of cases, will give it a try and are competent to do so. But, you are asking because you do not just want any attorney.
You want to have an attorney that is going to have the knowledge, skill and experience that will make you feel like you have a great attorney.
Ask the attorney what percentage of his or her cases are personal injury cases. How long has he or she done personal injury work?
This is particularly important when you start dealing with coordinating insurances between you automobile policy, the other driver’s and your major medical. Things become complicated very quick.
You might ask the attorney to explain the process involved from beginning to end. He or she should be able to tell you in general terms how it will play out.
He or she will be knowledgeable about the process, the players, the time involved and possible pitfalls that could jeopardize your recovery. Ask about potential problems with your case and how health insurance and auto insurance coverages work together and how they do not.
Lastly, it is important to select an attorney that has the support structure and staffing to handle the needs of your case.
It is very unpleasant to have questions go unanswered or phone calls not returned because the attorney is too busy and does not have the support in place to assist you. Perhaps, the number one reason attorneys are fired by their clients is not being able to advance the case in a timely manner and failure to address and deal with client concerns about their case. You might ask the attorney what the average turnaround is on a case like yours and what potential delays he or she might foresee.
I hope this helps! Good luck!!!