If you have been injured in West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, or any of the surrounding areas, filing a personal injury lawsuit may be your best bet at pursuing compensation. Before you do, however, you’ll need to meet with an attorney. Here are 10 questions to ask a lawyer before hiring someone
1. What Type of Personal Injury Law Do You Focus On?
You want to work with an attorney who is experienced in the practice area that is relevant to your injury. For example, an attorney who specializes in dog bite claims may not be best for your car accident case. Because there are many types of personal injury cases and practices areas, it is important to clarify.
2. What Is Your Success Rate?
Of course, an attorney with a high rate of success is a plus. Ask the attorney how many cases he or she has won, and what the average settlement or verdict amount is.
3. How Long Have You Been Practicing?
The more experienced an attorney is, the better chance that he or she will have a solid foundation for case building, strategizing, and negotiating.
4. How Much Do You Charge?
Stay away from attorneys who ask you to pay for your initial consultation, want you to pay upfront, or charge hourly fees. A good attorney will be confident in his or her ability to fight for full and fair compensation, and will therefore work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will only pay legal fees if and when the attorney recovers compensation for you.
5. Do You Have Any Client Testimonials I Can Read?
Ask the attorney if he or she has any client testimonials or reviews that you can read before you move forward. In some cases, you may even be able to talk to former clients about their experience working with the attorney.
6. What Is My Case Worth?
Although it can be hard to judge what your case is worth in a single consultation, don’t be fooled by an attorney who promises you millions of dollars. The attorney should lay out the basics for you in terms of types of damages available, and he or she should be confident that your case is worth pursuing without promising unrealistic amounts.
7. Who Will Be Working on My Case?
Some lawyers are so busy that rather than working on your case themselves, they hand off your case to a staff member. You want an attorney working for you.
8. How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
Again, don’t be fooled by promises that your case will be resolved in an unrealistic amount of time, like a few weeks or a month. Most cases take months’ worth of investigations and negotiation to resolve.
9. Have You Ever Been Named in a Lawsuit or Suspended from Practice of Law?
Ask the attorney if he or she has ever encountered any trouble that is directly related to legal practice. Legal malpractice is a real thing, as is being suspended from practicing law. You can look up an attorney through the website of The Florida Bar for more information about whether or not he or she is in good standing.
10. How Many Cases Do You Handle at a Time?
You want an attorney who has enough time to prioritize your case. So don’t be afraid to ask the attorney how many cases he or she handles at a time.
Do You Have More Personal Injury Questions? Contact Us Today
If you have more questions, contact the Florida personal injury lawyers at Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Ryles to schedule a free case consultation today.