Do Not Hire a Personal Injury Attorney Until You Have Asked These Essential Questions
It can be hard to determine who the best personal injury attorney is – especially if you have never hired an attorney before. That is why we have provided five specific questions to ask before you hire a personal injury attorney. Once you have read them, feel free to contact Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.
How Much Does the Initial Consultation Cost?
Not all of the questions you will have will have a right or wrong answer but this one does. The right answer is this: there is no cost for the initial consultation. You do not want to pay an attorney just to find out that you do not have grounds for a case, or that they are not the right fit. A reputable attorney will provide a free legal consultation.
How Many Claims Have You Worked On?
You do not want your personal injury claim to be the first one an attorney works on. You need someone who is truly a specialist and who can handle your case easily. Additionally, they should have experience in the specific type of injury claim you have. For example, if you suffered a traumatic brain injury, you would not want to hire someone who primarily handles spinal cord accidents, and if you suffered an injury a car accident you would not want to choose someone who works primarily with dog bite cases.
How Often Do You Take Your Cases to Court?
The vast majority of claims get settled out of court. This is better for both the insurance company and the plaintiff in most cases. However, if the insurance company is not willing to offer a fair settlement, you want an attorney who is willing to take your case to court. Ask any attorney you are considering working with when the last time they took a case to court was.
What is Your Pay Structure?
In most cases, a personal injury attorney is not paid upfront. Instead, they get a percentage of the settlement. If they are unsuccessful in your case then they do not get paid. These are generally very standard agreements and will be nearly identical from one attorney to another. That said, you do want to make sure that the details are clear upfront.
Who Will Handle My Case?
Some law firms have hundreds of lawyers working for them. If this is the case, then you should get to meet the person who will be handling your case. If there are numerous people and no one is going to take the lead, then this is not a positive sign. You want to know that your case will be a priority and that you have someone to contact if you have questions or concerns. When you work with Law Offices of Fernando D. Vargas, you can always count on us to keep you updated at all times. Call us now at 909-982-0707 for a free legal consultation.