One of the biggest decisions you may have to make in your life is whether to file a personal injury claim after you’ve been injured due to another person’s negligence.
Once you’ve decided to pursue a personal injury claim, you need to then determine which personal injury attorney will represent you best. This is a decision that shouldn’t be taken lightly and will require you to do a bit of research. Of course, you’ll want to take into consideration the attorney’s proximity to your location, ease of access, and public reputation, but there are very specific questions that you should ask of any personal injury attorney before you decide to hire her to represent you in your case. Choosing the right attorney can make the difference between a very successful outcome, or an abysmal failure to collect any compensation for your injuries. To that effect, here are nine of the most important questions you should ask before you make your decision.
Many attorneys claim to handle personal injury cases, but you want an expert on your side, not someone who’s simply seen a few personal injury cases come through their doors. You are looking for a specialist in personal injury, such as those at Marathon Law, LLC. It stands to reason that a specialist in any area of law will have far more experience, and will end up with better results.
Do your research and ask specific questions, such as:
In asking these questions, and hearing the answers, you’ll be able to get a good “feel” for the attorney’s personality and whether they’ll be easy for you to work with. This is important, as personal injury cases can take time to settle or litigate, and you want to find an attorney you can get along with well.
You may have your consultation with one attorney, but find that another attorney will be handling your claim, especially if there are several attorneys employed at the firm you choose. Paperwork and routine business can very likely be taken care of by paralegals and junior attorneys, but make sure that there is an experienced attorney in charge of your case, especially where litigation is concerned.
You’ll also need to ask who your main point of contact will be. It will be far more convenient for you if you have one single person with whom you can discuss the details of your case. You are bound to have many questions as the process unfolds.
Look for an attorney who is ready to go to trial, and has done their due diligence and preparation, even if the case settles out of court. The attorneys here at Marathon Law, LLC prepare every claim for trial, even though they may never see the inside of a courtroom for your case. It’s just what experienced lawyers do. We’ll fight to get the true compensation for your injuries that you deserve – whether or not your case ends up in litigation, or we end up settling with the insurance companies involved.
It’s an unfortunate reality that many attorneys wait until the last minute before working on their client’s claims. This could mean that you wait years only to find that nothing has been done on your case. Definitely not the best case scenario for you.
Search for an attorney that will begin taking action on your claim quickly, preserving evidence and gathering the paperwork necessary to move your case forward to a successful conclusion sooner rather than later. The faster your case moves forward, the faster you can gain the compensation that you’re entitled to for your medical bills, lost wages, and other costs that are related to your injuries.
Keeping in mind that every case is unique, your attorney should be experienced enough to give you an estimate of the compensation they’ll be able to secure for you. They’ll look at similar cases they’ve handled, and be able to provide examples from their past that will give you an idea of what to expect. A good attorney will not promise you a specific dollar amount because there are simply too many variables involved.
The industry standard for personal injury attorneys is to work on contingency. This means that they only get paid if they are able to secure compensation for you. In general, look for an attorney who will charge 1/3 of any gross settlement amount and 40% of any gross judgment received at trial.
Because you’ll be sharing personal, professional, and financial details with her, you want to find an attorney you can trust. Choosing an attorney who has never been disciplined is a wise decision. Of course, bad things happen to good people, so find out the details of any disciplinary action before you make your decision.
At Marathon Law, LLC, we have a “client-first” attitude. We’ll fight to see that you receive the compensation you deserve for your injuries, and we’ll be there for you every step of the way. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation at 303-704-1222, or via our website contact page.