7 Things To Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
Question #1: Does the Law Firm offer a free consultation?
Most personal injury lawyers provide no-cost consultations or case reviews. That way they can gather details about your situation and you can receive some preliminary guidance. If a prospective attorney doesn't offer you an initial visit for free, continue your search elsewhere. A small handful of attorneys want $500 up front to review your case, you should not hire such a firm. Carabin Shaw offers free consultations for all prospective clients or callers.
Question #2: How much experience do you have handling claims similar to mine?
In our opinion you are more likely to get a more favorable result if your lawyer handles similar cases on a regular basis. Additionally, an attorney's willingness to discuss this topic is a strong sign of character.
Question #3: How do you guarantee your legal services?
Personal injury lawyers can't guarantee the outcome of a case. But a reputable attorney will have no problem backing up their legal services with a promise to explain each step, to keep you informed and to work to live up to your expectations.
Question #4: What are your fees and how are they calculated?
Make sure you understand your payment responsibilities before you hire your lawyer. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingent-fee basis, meaning your fee is based on a percentage of the recovery.
Question #5: Who will be working on my case?
Find out who will be working on your case. Well-respected lawyers are typically well respected because they have a dynamic lawyers and an exceptional support staff. Have a meeting with the attorney you are going to hire and his staff.
Question #6: How often are you available for questions?
The times you have questions or concerns won't be limited to business hours. Make sure you can contact your attorney directly so that your inquiries get addressed quickly. If the attorney you are considering does not want to speak with you, be concerned.
Question #7: How often will you provide updates on my case?
Lawyers get busy. But that doesn't mean you should have to wait to hear what's going on with your case. It is the policy of the Carabin Shaw Law Firm to keep you updated and to provide additional updates as requested by our questions.