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Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney Before Signing on the Dotted Line: Part 1

Unfortunately, being a victim of a personal injury is all too common in the United States. Take this scary fact for example — during daylight hours, about 600,000 people are using their cellphones while driving. This increase of risky behavior is dangerous for everyone involved, and if you have become a victim, this is where personal injury lawyers can help.

Choosing the right injury lawyer is crucial in determining the outcome of your trial and case. To make sure you choose the best attorney for your case, here are some questions you should ask before signing on the dotted line.

Do you work based off contingency?

Some personal injury attorneys choose to work via a contingency fee, which means that they will not charge a legal fee unless there is a monetary gain in the settlement. These fees range per lawyer, but you can come to expect to pay on average 33% in contingency fees if you choose to go this route.

If you work on a contingency, will I have to pay advanced costs if I lose the case?

Unfortunately, there may be a chance you do not win.  Many law firms will not ask you to reimburse the law firm for expenses advanced on your behalf in the case.

What is your area of expertise?

Personal injury attorneys have varying levels of experience on any given case, from car accidents to medical malpractice. It is important to pick a lawyer that has experience handling a case similar to yours, as they are more likely to know what to expect and how best to prosecute your claim.

How do you envision the outcome of my case?

As the client, have some idea of how the lawyer feels about the outcome of your case. For example, if you know your case is difficult to prove, but the attorney you speak to claims it is a slam dunk, think hard about whether you want to go with that attorney.  Your attorney should discuss the strength of your case, but also be forthcoming about its weaknesses.

There are plenty more questions you need to ask your personal injury attorneys before hiring one to take on your case. Make sure to keep an eye out for our next blog post to learn more!

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