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What Should I Ask a Potential Personal Injury Lawyer?


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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