3 Things to Consider Before Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

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Personal injury

If you’ve recently been injured through no fault of your own, you may be weighing the possible outcomes of hiring a personal injury attorney. In many cases of personal injury, an attorney can be a valuable and necessary asset who makes sure your rights are defended and that your needs are properly cared for.

But hiring a personal injury attorney is a big decision, and it needs to be approached with caution. Not only do you need to scrutinize your own motives and goals of acquiring legal representation, but you also need to understand what you can expect from that representation. Here are three key considerations to keep in mind before you hire a personal injury attorney.

1. What can be gained?

An injury doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you are owed anything. So, that’s a great reason to involve a lawyer. A lawyer can guide you on whether or not you have a good case. He or she will help  determine not only if it wasn’t your fault, but if there’s another party who is to blame. Keep in mind that the extent of your injuries and the ensuing complications also matters-reparations are typically awarded in proportion to the extent of your injuries, so the more major the injury, the more payout potential there is.

2. Understand the full cost of an attorney.

Whether you live in New York, Los Angeles or

somewhere in between, a personal injury attorney will charge you by the hour for his or her services, and this can add up quickly. It doesn’t mean it’s not worth it, but it’s good to know about costs involved before you begin your case. Most attorneys also charge for expenses they incur during the legal process. If your attorney hires someone else to perform certain duties or services for him, he will pay for it himself and charge you at the end of the process for all expenses incurred. Ask any prospective attorney what type of fees you should anticipate; a full understanding of the costs will help you when readying yourself for a legal battle.

3. If you’re looking for a quick fix, this isn’t it.

There seems to be a perception that personal injury cases mean easy money. This is simply not the case. These processes can take months or even years to work themselves out, and in the meantime you won’t have any idea how the lawsuit will end. Pursuing legal action is largely a waiting game, so be ready to wait out the resolution, and don’t lose hope! The wait will be worth it.

Not only could an attorney help you attain the justice and compensation you deserve, but the monetary reward could have a demonstrable effect on your quality of living. Personal injuries can have long-lasting complications and consequences for victims, and it’s unfair to expect those victims to resolve these problems on their own. This is where an attorney can make a world of difference-not only now, but well into the future. 

Comments

  1. Also – it’s important to go to a company that isn’t too big. Sometimes big law firms have legal assistants or paralegals handle cases. Make sure that At Halcomb Singler the lawyer you work with will be personally familiar with the facts of your case. Have them review your medical records, draft necessary pleadings and speak with you directly about your case.

  2. Also – it’s important to go to a company that isn’t too big. Sometimes big law firms have legal assistants or paralegals handle cases. Make sure that the lawyer you work with will be personally familiar with the facts of your case. Have them review your medical records, draft necessary pleadings and speak with you directly about your case.

  3. Andrew Needle says:

    Most personal injury firms will take your case on a contingency basis especially if they feel it is a viable case. When dealing with the attorney, make sure you feel comfortable working with them and find out if they will be handling your case personally or handing the case off to someone else. The last thing you want to do is meet with an attorney you feel is going to be working with you one on one and then after the first meeting or two, find yourself dealing with someone else.

  4. Greg Sgro says:

    Thanks for the good read. Many people think attorneys, in particular personal injury attorneys are just out to make a dollar at the expense of someone else. The fact is, most of us truly understand the chaos and life altering changes that a person or family must endure from going through certain tragedies and look to seek justice for those victims.


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    hey matt,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing these important tips with us. I have very few knowledge about this but after reading this post it helps me to enhance my knowledge in this field.
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  6. Good advice for any prospective client. A good personal injury attorney is able to effectively communicate to a prospective client both the positive and negative aspects of their potential claim and provide a realistic assessment of the value of the claim and the length of time reasonably necessary to resolve the claim.
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  7. Hey MattHerndon, Great tips to choose the best injury lawyer attorney. Was that an video or image at the beginning of this post? It shows that it has been removed from flickr. Would you please like to replace it?


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  9. You really give some great tips here. Hiring a personal injury attorney is a big decision, and it needs to be approached with caution. Not only do you need to scrutinize your own motives and goals of acquiring legal representation, but you also need to understand what you can expect from that representation.


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  12. Twitter:
    Very good article. Generally personal injury attorneys work on a contingent basis, meaning you don’t pay anything unless your case is settled or trial verdict found in your favor. Another thing to consider when hiring a personal injury attorney is don’t discount the attorneys that advertise on television. Denver has some of the best attorneys that advertise on television. If they can afford the huge price tag of putting together and televising a commercial, they must be doing something correct.
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