When you are injured under circumstances that should be taken to court, then you need to be fully prepared in order to make your case. The earlier you get in touch with a personal injury lawyer the better. Make the time now, and review the following tips for your benefit.
What a personal injury case boils down to is who was careless in causing the accident. That is the person who will end up paying the bills of the other injured party. Legal liability tends to fall onto the lap of anyone driving recklessly, or someone who didn’t fix a problem which caused the injury of another.
Don’t pay any money up front to a personal injury lawyer. A reputable personal injury lawyer will not require any money up front; in most cases they will offer a free consultation prior to taking your case. During this consultation be sure to ask them about exactly what you will be charged (whether it’s a flat fee or an hourly rate), and if they offer some sort of payment plan.
Never let a flashy ad convince you to hire an attorney. many bad lawyers use this tactic to reel in large crowds. This type of aggressive advertising makes it nearly impossible to get a good feel for the lawyer’s honesty and abilities. You should always rely on an in-person interview before you make any final decisions.
When you are considering whether to hire a particular personal injury lawyer, make sure you ask questions about their previous case history. How many wins and losses have they had? If they have a history of only obtaining small settlements, or losing a lot of cases, then they probably are not the lawyer for you.
You should not think about settling your case until all of your symptoms have disappeared. This is important because you may settle and then realize later that the injuries you have are much more serious than anyone thought they were, which means you were entitled to receive more than you received.
If you need to hire a lawyer, get a retainer agreement. This lets you know ahead of time how much they will charge to avoid surprises later. Set up a payment schedule through this agreement and ways to sever the attorney/client relationship if things don’t work out.
Choosing a local lawyer is your best bet for many reasons, but the most important is that they have to be accountable to you. You will be able to literally go into their office if you need to get their attention. This is impossible over email, Skype or on the phone.
Just because you saw a lawyer advertised on TV does not mean he is your best option. Pomp and pageantry doesn’t go far in court, so research all of your options and choose the one who wins the most for their clients, both in cases won and monetary damages awarded.
When you are filing a personal injury claim, you need to pull your medical records from the last ten years. Make sure you review them so that you are consistent with any testimony that you give. The insurance company from the other party will be reviewing your medical history to try and find any conflicts in your testimony and find any preexisting conditions.
Now you are ready to make that phone call. Of course, you need to use the tips you have learned to help you find the right personal injury lawyer. It is time to get your case moving, as every day really counts, and you need to be fully prepared once it goes to court.