5 Questions to Ask When Looking to Hire a Lawyer
Finding an accident lawyer can be difficult. You also want to make sure you find someone you trust and who can assist you in getting awarded fair compensation. Here are five questions to ask when you are looking to hire an accident lawyer:
1. Have you handled this type of case before?
There are many different types of accidents and therefore many different types of accident lawyers. Whether you suffered a dog bite, were in a car accident or fell on someone’s property, finding a lawyer with experience handling your type of case will increase your chances of success. Also make to ask whether the people assisting with building the foundation for your case (like private investigators) have experience in this particular field.
2. Can you provide me with references for cases similar to mine?
It is one thing for a lawyer to tell you they have experience, but quite another to have proof of this. Ask if they can provide references for others who had similar situations to yours. Although all accidents are very personal, there are similarities you will share. It is important to know what to expect, and to get a personalized view of your accident lawyer’s ability to achieve successful results in cases similar to your own.
3. How much will it cost?
Many accident lawyers work for “free” and will only take a fee if they win your case. This is all well and good, however you need to ask what percentage they are expecting once you are awarded your compensation. If they do charge a fee, they can give you a pay structure so you understand what you will be charged. You also want to know when they expect to be paid.
4. What will they do for you?
You want them to have a plan to win your case. Asking what they can do for you will allow them to present their approach so you can see if it makes sense to you. They will also tell you their goals in regards to a dollar amount and if they think you have a viable case.
5. Are there any alternatives to a lawsuit?
See if your accident lawyer will discuss options such as mediation, arbitration, or an out-of-court settlement. This will help determine if they have your best interests at heart.
These five questions will help you find the accident lawyer best suited to fight for your interests.