When you are suffering from an injury due to another person or business’ negligence, you need a capable personal injury attorney to ensure you are awarded fair compensation for your losses. Knowing how to decide which attorney is right for you takes some research. Knowing what to ask a potential personal injury attorney is the first step. During your initial consultation with an attorney, there are a few essential questions to ask before you determine whether the lawyer is right for you.
Have you represented other clients with similar cases to mine?
Personal injury attorneys handle many types of cases. Most specialize in specific concentrations such as slip and falls, car accidents, or medical malpractice. Since every case is unique and requires a specific field of expertise, be sure to find out what types of cases the attorney typically represents.
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How much are your fees?
The positive aspect of hiring a personal injury attorney is that they work on a contingency basis in most circumstances. This means that they collect their fees from your court settlement. If you don’t win the case, you pay nothing. If you do recover financial damages in your court case, attorneys typically charge anywhere between 25% and 40% of your awarded amount.
What is my case worth?
It is important to know what you are likely to be awarded in court for your specific case, however, many factors figure into a court settlement amount. Attorneys cannot provide an exact amount that you are guaranteed to win, but they should be able to give you a rough idea. If the attorney quotes a figure that seems exaggerated or unrealistic, get a second opinion.
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Who will work on my case?
Be sure to question exactly who will be researching and handling your case and who your contact person will be at the law firm. Sometimes, busy attorneys have less experienced assistants do their research or even subcontract the work outside the firm. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but it may affect your confidence in the attorney.
Can you provide references?
Any confident, experienced attorney should be willing to provide you with contact information for former satisfied clients. Be wary of any online reviews, as they are not always a reliable resource.
If you are searching for an attorney to fight for compensation in your personal injury case, call Gallon Law today at (419) 843-6663 or reach out to us online to speak with an experienced Michigan and Ohio personal injury attorney about your case.
Drew Masse, a Personal Injury Attorney, joined GT&B in 2008, bringing with him 25 years of legal expertise in personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance bad faith claims. He practices in both Ohio and Michigan. Drew’s drive and commitment to right the wrongs inflicted on those who have been injured, has built his reputation as a strong advocate for his clients.