5 Questions to Ask When Choosing the Best Personal Injury Attorney
If you are looking for a personal injury attorney then you are obviously looking for the best personal injury attorney you can find. However, if you have never needed to work with this type of attorney before, then you may not know how to find the right one. At Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas we have compiled five questions we recommend asking before you choose an attorney. You can also call us now at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
- What Cases Have You Worked on That Were Similar to This One?
- How Often Do Your Cases Go to Trial
- What Are Your Fees and When Are They Due?
- Who Will Be Handling My Case?
- What Does the Local Community Think of You?
Experience is very important but only if it is relevant to your case. If you find someone who has experience with personal injury cases but has never handled a case with a catastrophic injury, they would likely not be a good candidate to handle a brain injury case.
Most personal injury cases are decided not at trial but at pre-trial negotiations. In most cases, the ideal outcome of your case is that your attorney can negotiate a fair settlement for you without the need to step into a courtroom. However, you do need to hire an attorney with a proven track record who will take your case to trial if necessary.
The vast majority of personal injury attorneys do not take payment until the case is over and take a portion of the settlement. If there is no settlement or jury verdict, then you will likely not have to pay the attorney anything for their services. This is known as working on a contingency basis. Just make sure that you know how much the fees will be and when they will be charged. Ask about additional costs that you may be responsible for, such as expert witness fees.
It is likely that you will have your free consultation with a named partner. While it is reasonably for them to hand over administrative and simple duties to staff members, you want all legal aspects to be handled by a qualified attorney. You want to know who is going to be handling your case. You can count on Attorney Vargas being personally involved in every single case his firm takes on.
Ask if the attorney you are considering has ever won any awards. Ask if they are members of local community or legal groups. You want an attorney with an established history within the community they are serving.
If you are ready to request a free legal consultation then we welcome your call. You can contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 now for more information.