If you’ve decided to investigate the possibility of filing a personal injury claim after an accident, you will need to spend a bit of time looking for an attorney to represent you. Once you’ve made your selection, you’ll have the opportunity for an introductory meeting with your attorney to get comfortable with them and to provide them with some of the most important information about your case.
This is your opportunity to feel out whether or not your attorney will be a good fit. Here are some of the questions you should ask your attorney to help you determine this.
- What types of cases does the attorney focus on? Personal injury is a broad area of law, so you’ll want to know you’ve got an attorney with a background in handling cases like yours. If so, you should also be sure to find out how those cases have generally turned out for that attorney. A track record of success is important.
- Who will all be working on the case? Will you have other attorneys, paralegals or other legal staff also working on the case? If so, will you have one point of contact? Some people might be more comfortable working with smaller teams and having more individual attention.
- How long will it take to wrap up this case? Every case varies in terms of expected length and outcome, but you should get a sense of what you’re in for with the legal process.
- How are fees handled? Does the attorney work on a contingency basis? Most personal injury attorneys get paid by collecting a portion of money from the settlement or judgment. What would that percentage be?
- Are you a trial attorney? Some attorneys do not like to take cases to trial at all, others actually specialize in trial cases in personal injury attorney. The kind of lawyer you need depends on the type of case you have and what you’re looking to get out of it.
For more information about preparing for your first meeting with a Bradenton personal injury lawyer, contact Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh.