Frequently Asked Questions
Who you choose as your personal injury lawyer is one of the most important decisions you can make. To find the personal injury attorney who is best suited for your case, it is important to interview more than one. You will ultimately spend a lot of time with this person, so it’s crucial that you feel comfortable with them.
Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions
Here are a few questions to ask personal injury lawyers before hiring them.
What Are Your Fees? Are There Any Other Costs I Should Be Aware Of?
One of the most important questions to ask a lawyer is how much you will ultimately need to pay them. Most personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that they do not get paid for the time they work on your case unless they successfully recover compensation on your behalf. Your lawyer is paid a percentage of the amount you recover. If this amount is zero, then the amount you pay is also zero.
You should also ask your lawyer about other costs and expenses you may be responsible for, such as copying costs, filing fees, payment for expert witnesses, and other litigation costs.
What Cases Have You Handled that Are Similar to Mine and What Was the Outcome?
You want to ensure that the lawyer you choose has relevant experience that they can put to use on your case. Each type of personal injury case is slightly different, so it pays to have a lawyer who has worked on cases similar to yours. For example, if you were injured because of a ceiling collapse in New York, that is much different than injuries stemming from a car accident. Any lawyer you interview should be willing to discuss the outcomes of the cases with you.
How Much Time Can You Devote to My Case?
Ask your lawyer realistically how much time they will be able to devote to your case. While they may have other cases going on, you should not feel ignored.
What Is This Process Like?
You will also want to ask a lawyer questions about the coming process. What should you expect? How long will it take to resolve your case? What are your legal options? When you finish your consultation, you should walk away with a better understanding of the legal process.
What Is My Case Worth?
Personal injury lawyers who have worked on cases similar to yours may be able to give an estimate about the potential value of your case. They can also explain factors that can affect recovery, such as the nature and severity of your injuries, liability, and preexisting medical conditions.
What Are the Strengths and Weaknesses of My Case?
No ethical lawyer can guarantee a particular outcome for your case. However, they should be able to assess its strengths and weaknesses. Your lawyer should be able to give you a realistic perspective on your case.
Who Will Be Involved in My Case?
While your lawyer will work on your case, they may also have support staff and others also working on your case. Ask who will be most in contact with you and the best way to stay in touch about your case.
What Is My Role in This?
It’s important that you understand what your role is in the case and what your lawyer expects from you. You will likely need to provide your lawyer with documentation and evidence, respond to requests for additional information, and follow up with your medical treatment. You ultimately want to do everything you can to strengthen your case so you can maximize your chances of receiving fair compensation.
Can I Speak to A Previous Client?
Don’t be shy about asking the lawyer for references. The stakes are high, and your lawyer should be willing to provide you with contact information from at least one client with whom they have recently worked.
Contact David Resnick & Associates Personal Injury Lawyers Today!
If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, contact our New York City personal injury attorney at David Resnick & Associates, PC. We offer a free consultation where you can ask a lawyer questions about the personal injury claims process and how we can help. We provide personal care and attention to every case.