Suffering from an accident that leaves you or a loved one injured is an unnerving experience. Not only do you often need to seek medical attention immediately, you also need to contact a personal injury lawyer right away to help you fight for the compensation you or your loved one deserves. Staring down piles of medical bills can leave you with a sinking feeling that there is simply no way out. During this demoralizing time, it can be difficult to concentrate on the tasks at hand. Sadly, people can wind up falling prey to sketchy personal injury lawyer’s claims without any understanding of what the road ahead will bring. It is critical to not just hire a personal injury lawyer, but to hire a personal injury lawyer you can trust. So how do you know who to hire? Check out these three questions every personal injury lawyer should be able to answer satisfactorily for you.
What is your specialty?
Envision this: you are driving down the road and your car’s transmission fails. You call a tow truck and he asks you where you want your vehicle taken. Nearby is a shop that specializes in tires. A little further down the road is a shop that specializes in transmissions. It is pretty obvious you would ask the tow truck driver to take your vehicle to the transmission shop. The tire shop might be able to work on transmissions, but odds are good the bulk of their time is spent focusing on tire related car issues. In the same way, if you need help with a personal injury claim, you want to hire a lawyer who specializes in this part of the law. Sure, maybe any old lawyer could handle the case tolerably well, but you don’t want tolerably well. You want to win, and winning takes real life experience in the specific field of personal injury law. Therefore, the very first question you should ask a lawyer is what their specialty is and how much experience they have in personal injury law.
How do you communicate with clients and with what frequency?
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, they should get to work right away building you a strong case. During this process, there should be a lot of communication between you and your lawyer. Communication is vital for strong cases. Without proper communication you can wind up feeling like you have been left in the dark, and your lawyer might miss out on pertinent information you could have otherwise provided. Ask upfront how your potential attorney plans to communicate with you. Don’t leave it there. Ask how often they communicate with their clients and if they will be easy to reach should you need them. Don’t hire a lawyer who is wishy washy on communication.
Can I do anything to help improve the odds of the case?
A well versed personal injury lawyer should be able to come up with different ideas about how you can help improve the outcome of your case. A lawyer who has experience handling personal injury cases will know the best methods for building a case. This often involves your participation. An astute lawyer will help guide you along the way. Your personal injury lawyer might ask you to talk to different investigators, visit a number of doctors, and be involved as the case progresses.
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