Knowing what questions you should ask a personal injury attorney during the initial consultation can help you get the information you need about your case, your legal options, and their services. This insight can help you decide whether the law firm is a good fit for you.
You should go into the free case evaluation prepared to ask questions and learn as much as possible about the attorney, the firm, and how they handle cases like yours. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions about your case and legal rights.
Questions to Ask to Evaluate the Firm’s Ability to Handle Your Case
Let’s take a look at four critical questions to ask an attorney during the initial consultation:
Have You Handled Cases That Are Similar to Mine? What Were Their Outcomes?
There are several legal specializations under the umbrella of personal injury law. This includes medical malpractice, auto accidents, premises liability, and products liability. Just because an attorney has successfully handled medical malpractice cases does not mean that they have the experience, knowledge, or resources to represent a car accident victim.
Make sure the lawyer that you hire has successfully handled cases that are similar to yours. Ask them for testimonials or recommendations from previous clients and go over the outcome of these claims with them in detail.
Why Should I Hire You Over Other Attorneys?
A lawyer should be able to give clear reasons why they can provide representation that is superior to or, at the very least, on par with other well-respected attorneys. Remember that positive case outcomes and extensive litigation experience are far more critical than the size of a law firm or its name recognition.
Who Will Be Handling My Case?
It is common for one team member to handle the initial consultation and another to handle the case. This is not always a bad thing, but you should meet with the lawyer who will be handling your claim to make sure you feel comfortable working with them. Every attorney, even within the same firm, has their own personality, approach, and communication style.
Would You Take My Case to Trial?
While most cases end in a settlement, there are scenarios where going to trial is necessary to fight for fair compensation. If the insurance company undervalues your claim or tries to pin the blame on you, you want to have an attorney who is comfortable in the courtroom and won’t hesitate to advocate for you in front of a jury.
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Why Many People Choose to Work with an Attorney
According to CNBC, medical bills are the primary reason why people file for bankruptcy. After a serious car accident, slip and fall, or medical malpractice incident, the cost of treatment can be exorbitant.
The financial burden can be particularly problematic if you cannot return to work. However, if your injuries were caused by the negligence of another person or organization, you may be able to recover compensation for your losses by filing a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, even if it seems obvious that the at-fault party caused your injuries, recovering fair compensation often involves an uphill legal battle. Insurance companies have adjusters whose sole purpose is to find reasons to undervalue or deny claims.
Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Make This Process Easier
Although you can file a personal injury claim without the help of a lawyer, insurance companies tend to take claims filed by attorneys more seriously. Also, a lawyer familiar with cases like yours can help you avoid costly mistakes, such as:
- Accepting a low settlement
- Overlooking essential damages
- Missing important deadlines
How do you know if an attorney is qualified to handle your case? Sometimes even the most reputable lawyers are too busy to give clients the individual attention that they deserve. Therefore, you should come to the free consultation prepared with a list of questions that will help you determine if the prospective attorney is a smart hire.
In addition, you should write down any questions you have about your accident and injuries, the process of filing insurance claims, recovering compensation, their fee schedule, and more. You deserve an attorney who will take the time to assess the facts of your case and offer compassionate, straightforward answers.
Laborde Earles Law Firm Has Free Consultations Available Today
At Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers, our legal team has recovered more than $200 million for our clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Our attorneys understand what’s at stake in personal injury cases, and we help our clients seek satisfactory outcomes. Let us offer you the support and guidance you seek.
If you would like to discuss your case with a member of the team from Laborde Earles Law Firm, we are here for you. We welcome your questions and are standing by to take your call now. Get a free consultation today by calling (337) 777-7777.