You've just been injured in an accident. What do you do? What is protocol? How do you approach an Atlanta accident lawyer and what do you ask them to do?
If you are injured and you are looking for a lawyer to help you gain compensation for the injury, here are the five most important questions to ask your injury lawyer:
How do you charge clients for their case?
Not only are you trying to gain compensation but you've got current financial issues to deal with as well. You might not have a lot of money to pay upfront for a lawyer while you wait for the case. Many Atlanta accident lawyers work via a contingency fee. In other words, they only get paid if you win the case or receive compensation. They usually charge a percentage fee (30% of total, for example). You may also be able to negotiate that fee.
Some lawyers may charge an hourly fee so you'll have to find a lawyer that makes sense for your financial situation.
Have you tried a case like mine before?
You've probably read plenty of advertising and heard plenty of radio commercials of personal injury lawyers telling you about their experience and what they'll do for you, but how do you know it's true? You need to ask your Atlanta accident lawyer for actual case results. Even better, ask to speak to former clients to find out how satisfied they were. Don't feel intimidated, you're the client. You're in charge.
Will you be my actual attorney on the case?
Sometimes in larger firms, you'll meet a lawyer who promises the sun and the moon and then never see that person again. Make sure you know exactly who will be handling your case before you sign anything. You need to know your Atlanta accident lawyer explicitly, when you can reach them and who their team is. Don't fall for the bait and switch.
How much will I be participating in the lawsuit?
You have to be sure about how active you will be in the lawsuit from the get-go. What does your lawyer expect you to do or not do, as the case may be? Sometimes your lawyer will leave it up to you how involved you are but make sure you and your lawyer are on the same page. You don't want to overstep your bounds or realize too late that you've failed to meet critical expectations.
How much is my case worth?
This is an extremely important, overlooked question. Any good Atlanta accident lawyer will know a reasonable range that your injury case falls in. Of course, you have to keep in mind that there are variables in play, but make judgements based on the information that your lawyer provides.