Need To Hire A Personal Injury Lawyer? 3 Things You Need To Find Out

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If you need to hire a personal injury attorney, you will want to interview the attorney before you hire them. This will allow you to see if you want actually to work with the attorney and if they will be able to meet your needs.

1. Area of Personal Injury 

First, it is essential to find out what area of personal injury law that one practices. Personal injury law is a really big field, and you are going to want to find someone who specializes in the particular type of case that you need assistance with. For example, do they work with wrongful death cases, auto accident cases, or slip and fall cases? There are lots of different types of personal injury cases that one can work on, so you want to find an attorney who has worked with the specific area of personal injury you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit with.

2. Legal Fees

Second, you are going to want to ask the attorney how their fees work. With a personal injury lawyer, generally, the attorney is going to work on a contingency basis. That means that they will get a portion of your settlement as a form of payment.

There are often layers to a contingency fee, with the attorney getting a smaller fee the sooner the case settles. For example, the attorney may get a smaller settlement fee if you can settle the case before filing any answers or setting up an arbitrator appoints but would get a slightly larger fee if the case had to go all the way to court.

Be sure you fully understand how the fees work and if there are any expenses you will need to cover upfront.

3. Professional Background

Third, you are going to want to find out about the attorney's professional background. Start with the basics, such as where they attended law school and their years practicing law. Then find out if they have earned any honors or awards during their time practicing law. Next, you will want to find out what role they have played at the law firms where they have worked. Then, get case-specific and find out how many cases they have settled and how many cases they have won and lost in court. 

You should also find out if the attorney has any conflicts of interest with your particular case. This information will help you determine better if they are the right attorney for your case.

When you have a personal injury case you want to work on, it is important to ask the attorney questions so that you can find the right attorney to work with. For more information, contact a firm like the law office of Robert Karwin.


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