If you’ve never met with a personal injury lawyer before, you may be uncertain what to expect from your initial consultation. However, it is vital that you come prepared with questions to ask. Here is a list of topics that you and your potential personal injury lawyer should discuss:
Ask the attorney how long he or she has been practicing, how much experience they have in personal injury law, and how many cases they have won that are similar to yours. Experience is one of the most necessary criteria to look for in a personal injury attorney.
Before committing to a personal injury lawyer, make sure that he or she has the time to handle your case. Due to heavy caseloads, some attorneys will delay taking your case to court until just before the statute of limitations runs out, leaving you with months of uncertainty and unpaid medical bills. Be sure to ask about the policy regarding returning phone calls—your attorney should be available to speak with you within a reasonable amount of time after you contact them.
Though you may feel strange asking about the size of your potential settlement, it is one of the most important matters that you and your attorney should discuss. You both must be in agreement about how much money you can expect if you win your case. This will help dictate a course of action.
Most personal injury lawyers charge a contingency fee, which is a percentage of your settlement paid only if you win your case. This fee is sometimes negotiable; you and your attorney should come to a solution that is comfortable for both of you. Be sure to ask what fees you will be charged if you do not win, as many lawyers will still charge for certain services.
At The Carlson Law Firm, our staff of attorneys and medical professionals will work to get you the compensation you deserve while keeping your best interests at heart. Call us at (888) 335-7492 or stop by our Austin office for a consultation.