Posted in Personal Injury on May 22, 2019
Hiring the right personal injury attorney for your case is important. With skilled legal representation by your side, you are more likely to collect the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Before hiring a lawyer, however, you should know a bit more about them and their legal practice.
If you sustain an injury or lose a loved one in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or reckless actions, reach out to an experienced Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs at (954) 568-3636 today. A free, initial consultation of your case can also be scheduled by reaching out through the online form.
Before hiring an attorney for your personal injury case, you should ask the following:
Regardless of the size of the firm they work at, it’s essential to determine the attorney you hire has handled cases similar to yours in the past. Find out what types of personal injury cases they focus on to see if they truly have what it takes to help you with your car accident, truck crash, slip and fall, or another type of case.
Sometimes, personal injury lawyers that provide your initial consultation aren’t actually the ones that represent you throughout your claim. Make sure you know exactly who will be working on your case. Will it be the personal injury attorney you’re speaking to, or another less experienced attorney at their firm?
One of the best ways to determine whether a personal injury lawyer is skilled and experienced is to call their references. Ask the attorney to provide you with some names and numbers of previous clients they’ve represented with cases similar to yours.
Although a personal injury lawyer won’t be able to give you an exact dollar amount right off the bat, they should be able to provide you with an estimate of what your case is worth. In addition, they might be able to share examples from similar cases they’ve settled in the past.
To avoid financial surprises, it’s vital to learn how a personal injury attorney charges for their services. Most attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they’ll only be paid if they win your case.
If the attorney you’re speaking to works at a small firm with only a few other lawyers and states they are currently working on a dozen cases, they may not have the time to give your case the attention it deserves. Find out how many cases they’re handling at the moment, and make sure they truly have time for your case.
The reality is that not all personal injury lawyers have the skills and experience to file a claim and litigate it all the way to trial. Many attorneys take on personal injury cases with the hope that they’ll quickly settle and avoid trial. Be sure the lawyer you select has trial experience.
You should be able to call or email your lawyer directly with any questions you might have. If an attorney makes it seem like they don’t have time to speak to you and promptly address your questions and concerns, look elsewhere for legal representation.
There are national and state organizations designed specifically for personal injury lawyers. If an attorney is affiliated with any of them, they are likely well-connected and respected in the community.
Every personal injury lawyer has their own unique process for handling cases. Find out the process of the lawyer you’re speaking to, and make sure you feel comfortable with it.
In addition to asking these questions, when you’re considering hiring an attorney, go with your gut. If you feel like a personal injury attorney is knowledgeable, experienced, and has your best interests in mind, hire them.
At the Law Offices of David I. Fuchs, attorney David Fuchs is happy to answer these questions for you and explain why he is a valuable resource for your personal injury case. Call us at (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out online to schedule a free consultation of your case.