If you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness, you know that recovering damages and getting the compensation you are entitled to can be complicated. An injured person may seek legal representation from a qualified attorney to recover damages for injuries and losses. Below are five tips that can help you to select the right attorney.
Start by taking the time to communicate with your attorney both in person and over the phone. Ask how they will approach your case. Get an idea of your attorney’s plans to represent you and when you can expect a response.
If you know of someone who has successfully used a particular lawyer, that’s good information to consider. Likewise, if you know of an attorney who missed court deadlines and was not responsive to clients, that may not be the best candidate for your case.
3. Certified specialists
Many attorneys are specialists in one area or another. Some, for example, handle medical malpractice cases exclusively. Others may be more experienced with auto accidents and product liability claims. Working with an attorney specializing in your type of claim can help you get the compensation you need to recover from your injury.
4. Potential costs
Make sure that the costs of your case are explained. Many attorneys charge a contingency fee, which means they will not get paid until they win your case. It can sometimes be advantageous because it gives you time to recover from your injury and fight to get the compensation you deserve. However, some lawyers may not tell their clients about this fee upfront, so you must ask about these costs before hiring an attorney.
5. Negotiating the offer of compensation
Finally, make sure the compensation you receive from your attorney is reasonable. Be aware of what other people have received for cases similar to yours. The information will allow you to compare your claim and make a decision on whether or not it is worth pursuing. It’s also good to know what types of lawsuits have been settled with an attorney to help you estimate how long it will take you to settle and what you are likely to receive as a compensation fee.
In conclusion, don’t make the mistake of hiring a lawyer who will not adequately represent you. Get a good lawyer with the experience and skills in their area of law, and research your options.