Your personal injury attorney is essentially holding your future in their
hands. Based on their representation and abilities, your case could either
end in a resounding victory, or a disappointing flop. With so much on
the line, you need to know the lawyer you choose can be trusted with your claim.
Ask these 5 questions to your potential Florida personal injury attorney
before retaining them:
Do you only accept personal injury cases?
Many attorneys are interested in many fields of law, and so they practice
personal injury, family law, estate planning, and so on. This is not the
best situation for you: a personal injury plaintiff. You should choose
a law firm and an attorney that intentionally focuses their practice on
personal injury, so you know there are no distractions.
Can you manage litigation?
While most personal injury claims will be ended in a settlement, there
are still a huge number of claims that need to go to court to conclude.
The last thing you will want to do is need to jump to a new law firm for
litigation representation. Choose an attorney initially who knows how
to manage both negotiations and courtroom battles with equal confidence.
How long will it take to end my case?
This question is one on everyone’s mind when they talk to a personal
injury lawyer, but it unfortunately has no clear answer. Many factors
can make a claim take longer or shorter to conclude. Still, asking a potential
attorney this question can help you determine if they are actually familiar
with liability law and legal procedures. If an estimation had to be given,
it could be said the average injury claim resolves in 12 to 24 months.
What is your contingency fee rate?
Personal injury attorneys work for contingency fees, which mean they will
only receive attorney fees if they win your case. But contingency fees
also require an attorney to be paid just a certain percentage of any winnings
earned. This percentage can sometimes be chosen by the lawyer. Many law
firms offer contingency fees between 25% and 40%, which varies depending
on the complexity of your claim. Keep this in mind before hiring a lawyer.
Have you ever been penalized by a bar administration, or had your license
to practice revoked?
You would be hard-pressed to find an attorney who will admit to being
penalized for legal missteps, so you need to ask this question yourself.
License suspensions are usually a red flag.
Looking for a trustworthy, experienced, and dedicated personal injury lawyer
in Dunedin? Come to
Paulsen Law Group! We are confident we can exceed your expectations and
steer your claim towards success. Call (727) 270-8260 or send us an online contact form
to learn more about our reputation and legal services.