Were you recently injured in an incident that was no fault of your own? Are you now needing money to pay your medical bills and other expenses? Unfortunately, people may be unwilling to give you the money you deserve if you don't hire a personal injury lawyer to fight for your case. But instead of hiring the first lawyer you can find, you'll probably want to find the best attorney for your circumstances. Here are some questions to consider asking during your first meeting:
Do I even have a case? While you may think that you have a very strong case, there may be extenuating circumstances that could actually prevent you from having a strong case. A good personal injury lawyer will be able to explain why or why not your case has a likelihood of success. He or she will also be able to tell you if there is anything you can do in order to have a stronger case. For example, you may have forgotten that your friends or relatives took pictures or video at the time of the incident. Giving these things to your attorney may help you build a better case.
Have you ever handled a case like this? Every personal injury case is slightly different and there may be different laws that pertain to each case. If you were injured by falling construction debris, you'll want a lawyer who is familiar with those laws. You may not want a personal injury lawyer who handles mainly slip and fall cases. While your potential attorney may never have handled a case exactly like yours before, you probably want one with as much experience with similar cases as possible.
What court costs am I responsible for? If you are talking to a personal injury lawyer who works on a contingency fee basis, you may assume that you won't have to pay anything at all until your case has successfully been completed. However, you may still be responsible for the fees for filing various court documents. A good attorney will be able to tell you what sort of fees to expect and whether or not it's possible to have those fees waived. If the fees can be waived, he or she will be able to tell you exactly how that can be done in the court your case is filed in. He or she may even be able to help you fill out the relevant paperwork, in order to get your case going as soon as possible