When injured in a personal injury accident, victims are usually flooded with questions and concerns. Many victims who are involved in a personal injury accident aren’t even aware that they’re likely entitled to compensation for the injuries and expenses they’ve incurred.
Many leading personal injury lawyers will offer you a free initial consultation where you can meet with them to determine if they’re the right fit for your case. However; if this is a new situation for you, you likely won’t know how to tell the difference between a lawyer that does not fit your needs and one that does – a lawyer who would be great for your situation.
To help you navigate your way through a personal injury case and choose the right personal injury lawyer, Steven Polak and his team wanted to give you a list of some of the questions you should be asking a Personal Injury Lawyer to determine if they’re the right one for you.
1. What is your experience and success in my type of case?
Before moving forward with a personal injury lawyer, it’s critical that you ensure that they have experience and success in your type of case. For example, car accidents, slip and fall accidents, Long Term Disability insurance denial cases, and so on. In addition, speak to them about their experiences with other cases to determine their skill set. Consider asking other professionals (insurance professionals, doctors or lawyers) about the reputation of the law firm and the lawyer. Ask the lawyer for decisions that they have argued and what Courts have said about them.
2. Do you have a capped caseload?
Like all professions, sometimes people can spread themselves too thin. However, you want to ensure that when hiring a lawyer they are not overworked by having too many cases on the go. You want a lawyer who is busy, but not too busy to focus on your case. In your first meeting, simply ask them how many cases the lawyer has on the go at a given time and if they have a capped caseload. You should also ask about the number of files that each of the law clerk support staff are expected to carry. Communication is key to any case so make sure you know that your lawyer will work with you.
3. What type of compensation am I entitled to?
There are no guarantees in any case, however your lawyer should be able to give you an approximate idea of the areas of compensation and ranges of damages available in compensation from your case. They should also go over any of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and inform you of how those will be addressed. Understanding the amount and type of compensation you’ll potentially be receiving can help you determine if the lawyer you’re meeting with is the right one for you.
4. What information do you need from me?
When filing a claim, it’s important that your lawyer communicates the necessary information they need from you (i.e., medical records, reports, accident information). Determining what information you need and already have will make the claim process easier for you and your lawyer, giving you both more time to focus on the case.
5. How will we work together?
As we said before, it’s important that you hire a lawyer who wants to work with you. Ask them what type of relationship they like to build with their clients and ensure that they will work with you collaboratively to get you the compensation you’re entitled too.
The first step to filing a personal injury claim is contacting a Personal Injury Lawyer.
If you’re looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer who will work with you in the most respectful, collaborative, and successful manner, contact Steven Polak and his legal team today. Steven offers his injury and disability clients his respect, his calm and experienced guidance and his record for success in obtaining fair and just compensation for injuries and losses.
He and his team have represented clients with numerous conditions, including head injuries, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, chronic pain disorders, TMJ, RSD, fractures, disc problems, whiplash associated disorders and a range of other physical and psychological impairments.
Contact Steven Polak for a consultation today.