- December 21, 2018
- Laura Morris
Have you been injured in a car accident? If you are a San Diego resident, rest assured that the city is working to reduce car accidents.
The Vision Zero plan, adopted by the city, includes stricter enforcement of traffic safety laws, reconfiguring city streets making them safer for traveling, and a full-out media campaign that encourages everyone on the roads to practice safer habits while driving, walking or biking.
If you are one of the unfortunate people to be injured in a car accident or any other accident, you need to ask the right personal injury questions when you are seeking legal representation. Here are 5 questions you should ask your lawyer first.
5 Personal Injury Questions to Ask a Lawyer
Choosing the right lawyer to fight for you is crucial. Educate yourself on the questions to ask a personal injury lawyer.
- What costs will be associated with my case?
- Have you tried cases similar to mine?
- Will you handle my case directly?
- How often do you take a case to trial?
- How long will it take to resolve the case?
Most personal injury lawyers handle your case on a contingency fee basis. You will only pay a fee if you recover money damages as a result of the lawsuit.
These charges range between 25 and 40%. A more qualified lawyer’s fee will be on the higher end of the scale.
Experience With Similar Cases
You want a lawyer who has experience with cases with circumstances similar to yours. Ask for information about prior cases and end results.
This past experience will make the case run more smoothly.
Will You Personally Handle My Case?
A lot of times, your initial meeting will be with a lawyer who you never see or speak to again. You’ll deal with paralegals or other staff members for the duration of your case.
Ask up front if the person with whom you are meeting will be the person to handle your case.
Going to trial usually means a bigger payout. If the lawyer you are interviewing settles out of court all too often, it may mean that he or she is looking for a quick payout rather than seeing the case all the way through.
While your case may be similar to others, your attorney should analyze your special circumstances to determine the best way to proceed.
Average Case Time
Try to find out how long a case like yours typically lasts. What is the average time it takes to resolve similar cases?
The lawyer should be able to give you a ballpark figure. You also want to be sure that they are committed to resolving your case in a timely manner.
The last thing you want is for this to drag out longer than necessary.
Where Do You Go When You Need Help?
An experienced (practice area) attorney can help you get compensation for things like:
- Medical bills
- lost wages
- pain and suffering
- transportation costs
- and more
Whether you have personal injury questions or need any other legal advice, we can help. Visit us to see our proven results.
Call us anytime or contact us online for a FREE consultation.
The Barnes Firm (800) 800-0000.