Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney
Hiring a personal injury attorney is an essential step on the path to securing compensation for damages and losses after you have been injured, but it is no simple task. It is never wise to consider filing a lawsuit without first consulting an attorney. You will want to do some research before you hire a personal injury attorney because they will become someone with whom you work closely and must trust.
Where to start though? In the Charleston, South Carolina area alone there are an overwhelming number of personal injury attorneys competing for your business. If you simply hire the attorney whose ad you saw most recently, you could regret it.
Instead, it is important to do some research and find an attorney on whom you can rely. By preparing a list of questions to ask potential lawyers before you decide to hire one, you will be able to compare and contrast firms and find the best fit for you. Below are a few to consider asking.
How much do you charge?
Cost is a huge determining factor when hiring attorneys, but it should never be the only consideration. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that there are no fees until the case is won and money is awarded. When you are successful in your case, whether through a settlement or a jury trial, a percentage of your award will go to your attorney to pay their fees and any costs incurred along the way.
Do you have experience with my type of case?
Personal injury law covers a lot of ground. For example, personal injury attorneys can handle slip and fall cases, auto accidents, defective product claims and much more. A car accident case will be vastly different from a medical malpractice case, so you want to hire an attorney with experience in cases that are like yours.
Who will handle my case?
It is normal for an attorney to have others, such as paralegals or junior associate attorneys, at the firm handle certain aspects of cases. You want to know who your contact person will be and to get an idea of how the firm works.
How many cases like mine have you won?
Some personal injury law firms and attorneys specialize in certain areas of personal injury law. You will want to find one that has a proven track record of success with other, similar cases so you can benefit from their specific knowledge and experience.
The Steinberg Law Firm Can Help
When you are ready to meet with potential attorneys, do your research and be ready with a few prepared questions. Finding the right attorney for you is important when you have been hurt by another person’s negligence and want to hold them responsible.
The Steinberg Law Firm is available to answer your questions and discuss the details of your case. To learn more about how we can help you pursue a claim for compensation based on the injuries you have sustained, call 843-720-2800 or contact us through the online form on our website.
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