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7 Things To Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’re facing the possibility of a legal matter and are considering hiring a San Antonio personal injury lawyer to assist you, you will have several law firms from which to choose. How will you know which is the right one for you? When you hire an attorney to represent you in a legal matter in San Antonio, you are basically empowering them to not only protect your rights, but to be your voice before the parties involved. The decision to choose an attorney is a serious one and should never be entered into lightly.

What are the most important factors to consider when deciding on an attorney? To help you answer this question, we’ve created a list of 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. We encourage you to steer clear from them. 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, keeping you informed, and working hard 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 law firms build their reputation on a dynamic team of lawyers and an exceptional support staff. Request 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 shouldn’t be limited to business hours. Make sure you can contact your attorney in San Antonio directly so that your inquiries are addressed quickly. If the attorney you are considering does not want to speak with you, you should 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.

These “7 Things to Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer” is by no means an exhaustive list. No doubt other matters may come to mind and as you meet with prospective lawyers to represent you, be sure to be forthright regarding those concerns. A reputable attorney will not shy away from answering all of your questions with honesty and integrity.

If you find yourself faced with a legal matter and are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you in San Antonio, please give Carabin & Shaw a call. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers will answer your questions and make sure you have all of then information you need to make a fully informed decision.

We hope you’ve found these “7 Things to Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer” one of the many helpful resources available to you. If you have any questions or would like to meet with us in San Antonio, call us today at 1.800.862.1260.

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