When you have been hurt because of another person’s negligent behavior, it can be overwhelming. Most injury victims face mounting financial costs, in addition to the challenges of physical recovery.
Fortunately, victims have the legal right to seek financial compensation from liable parties. But choosing the right personal injury attorney for your individual needs can be difficult. Most people do not know where to start.
Most of the time, accident attorneys will provide new clients with a free initial case consultation. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the lawyer, the strength of your case, and the legal process.
Below, we will discuss several important questions to ask during your free legal consultation.
When you are thinking of hiring a particular attorney, make sure to ask about their past experience. It is best to hire a lawyer who has plenty of experience in cases like yours.
Consider questions like the following:
- Have you handled personal injury cases before?
- Have you handled cases involving an injury like mine?
- What was the result of your previous case(s)?
- Do you have trial experience?
It is crucial to find a legal representative who is comfortable managing cases like yours. If you were involved in a car accident, you should hire an attorney with plenty of experience in collision cases.
During your initial consultation, you should also ask questions to gauge the attorney’s evaluation of your case. You should never hire a lawyer that does not believe you can win.
Ask questions like:
- Do you think you can win my case?
- What are the weaknesses and strengths of my case?
- How much do you estimate my case is worth?
- What negotiation strategy would you take in my case?
For instance, if you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you should know that your attorney believes in your case.
Finally, it is vital to ask about the type of payment structure that the attorney or firm uses. Most reputable attorneys operate on a contingency fee payment structure.
Under this structure, the client and attorney agree to a certain percentage of the recovery that will be used to pay the legal fees. That means the client pays nothing unless the lawyer secures compensation for them.
You should never hire an attorney who requires upfront payment.
When you have been injured in an accident, do not bear the financial burdens alone. Reach out to Harlan Law Firm for the best legal representation in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area.
We offer free phone consultations, so contact us today. At Harlan Law Firm, we are ready to fight for you.