Lawyers are the lifeblood of the legal industry in many ways. For better or worse they are an intricate part of what keeps the entire system afloat. One of the most common duties they perform is dealing with personal injury settlements. In 2013 workers missed 917,100 days of work thanks in large part to the 3,007,300 reported occupational illnesses and injuries sustained that year. There are plenty of questions to ask personal injury lawyers before you commit to any sort of agreement or relationship though. Here are three of the most common and important questions to ask personal injury lawyers.
1.) Cost of Services: Obviously one of the first questions you’re going to want to ask of your personal injury attorney is how much he’s going to charge you. Accidents and injuries are common occurrences, which means most lawyers will charge a hefty rate because of the vast supply of cases available to them. One in three older adults fall each year and 2.5 million people were treated for falls in 2013 alone. Although not scientific or precisely accurate, one good way to judge the quality of a lawyer is by how much they’re charging for their services. If they’re asking a lot chances are they have plenty of high-end clients and are probably doing quite well. If their price seems suspiciously low it might be a case of, “too good to be true.”
2.) Strength of Case: Another question to ask of them early on is what they’re honest and professional opinion is of your chances of success in the potential case. Of course, legal cases are complex and subjective things that no one has the answer to until the decision is made, but a good lawyer will be able to tell what the relative probability of winning a case will be after hearing the facts.
3.) Personal Experience: Asking personal injury lawyers about their past experience is a great way to figure out what types of cases/incidents they have particular knowledge and experience with. It naturally tends to go hand-in-hand with their cost. Depending on the level of difficulty and overall importance of your case will determine whether or not you should go the extra mile and find a highly specialized lawyer, or settle for a more garden-variety attorney.
If nothing else these are a couple of the most important questions to ask personal injury lawyers before you begin the process of actually starting a lawsuit or settlement.