Key Questions to Ask Your New Accident Attorney
If you are the victim of a careless, distracted, or negligent driver, you probably need to seek the help of a personal injury lawyer. This type of lawyer can protect your financial rights to be compensated for your damages occurring because of the other driver. You want to make sure that you ask your new lawyer the right questions when you meet with them. For some ideas on that, read below.
"How Do You Feel About Settling Cases?"
When you settle an accident case, you agree to accept a certain sum of money from the other driver's insurer. If you are being paid what you deserve, then settling the case is a very good idea. It means you are paid faster than if you took them to court. Also, it means the case can be over quickly so that you can get back to your life quicker with enough money to cover your accident expenses.
"Do You Accept Contingency Fee Cases?"
It can be difficult to deal with the aftermath of a car accident case when it comes to your budget. Thankfully, some personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, and you only need to pay them at the end of the case and only if you win. That allows the lawyer to work on your case without you having to pay anything upfront. It's a win-win situation for victims suffering from the financial woes brought on by missed work and extra accident expenses.
"How Much Is My Case Worth?
This issue is probably festering in the back of your mind ever since the accident happened, and that is only natural. You know you need your medical expenses covered, your vehicle repaired, be reimbursed for lost wages, and to have other needs covered. Your lawyer may be able to provide you with that information after they have had a chance to evaluate your case. They will look at the evidence, who is at fault, your medical records, and more, and you and the lawyer will together determine how much you should be compensated. Then, the lawyer will probably send the other driver's insurer a demand letter letting them know that you expect to be paid that amount.
"What Should I Not Do?"
Your lawyer should discuss how you should behave while you have an active case going on. They will likely ask you:
- Not to post on social media.
- Not to discuss the case with anyone else.
- Not to talk to the other driver's insurance adjuster.
- Not to agree to anything without consulting the lawyer.
Speak to a personal injury as soon as your injuries allow you to find out more information.