6 Questions You Need to Ask Before Hiring an Injury Lawyer

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Finding a reliable car accident attorney to work with is more important than you might think. If you’ve recently experienced a car accident injury, you will need a car accident attorney to support your best interests, so you can focus on recovery. 
A reputable accident lawyer should be able to make sure all the right documents are filed, offer general legal advice, determine a precise settlement estimate, gather evidence to support your personal injury case, negotiate with insurance agencies, and be ready to legally represent you in court if necessary. 
To make sure you find a reliable car accident attorney you can rely on to handle your case to the best of their abilities, one should make sure their legal representative is interested in the case and has plenty of experience. 
For one reason, a good attorney will make it easy for you to understand what they will do to support your case. From clear information about stringent processes, fees, and values to answer any questions, your car accident lawyer has to be direct and to the point. Don’t make the mistake of hiring a personal injury attorney from ads alone. 
The chance is, you will be finding an unscrupulous attorney who will settle your case quickly for whatever the insurance agency will offer as these agencies operate on a “high volume” and “quick turnover” basis.

1. So how do I find a reliable lawyer for a serious personal injury law? 
Like many other important decisions, you have to do some “research” on the attorneys in your local town. Once you have decided to meet with a lawyer and discuss your case, you should ask the right questions to find out if your soon-to-be legal advisor has a valid track record of success. 
The idea of it is to provide you with valuable information that most injury victims never fuss to research about attorneys who handle personal injury claims. One of the most reliable ways to research an attorney’s experience is to verify the sources that rate car accident lawyers review according to what their fellow attorneys (even their competition) say about them.  

2. Ask your attorney, “What percentage of your cases are referrals from other attorneys”? 
If you need to find out who the top-notch personal injuries attorneys are in your local town, ask the attorneys who practice there. It’s critical to recognize whether a considerable percentage of an attorney’s caseload comes from recommendations from other lawyers. Like other fields or professions, the experts in the field naturally know who’s good and who’s not. 
If you happen to already know someone in the domain, that might be a good place to start. Knowing someone who’s familiar with personal injury or malpractice attorneys who their colleagues know as being the best in your local town remains a viable solution. 

3. Be wary of lawyers who direct “solicitation” letters to your home after an accident. 
Recently, a growing number of personal injury attorneys have been appointing runners to obtain traffic accident reports made by the local and state police officers. When the accident report is obtained, members of the law firm’s team will search the report to identify the victim’s details. The law agency will then direct a “solicitation” letter to the accident victim, notifying her/him that the agency is ready and eager to support the victim in the injury case. 
With that said, it’s perhaps safe to consider that if you’re choosing a lawyer based on solicitation letters, it means you’re not doing a lot of research on the law company you’re hiring. 

4. What does “no fee if no recovery” means? 
All personal injury attorneys are handling injury cases on a contingency fee basis. To be more precise, a “contingent” fee means that there is no lawyer fee unless there is recovery, and the fee is a percentage of the sum recovered (around 33.33 percent of the amount recovered). In simple terms, your attorney will not charge you unless there is a recovery. 
While it might sound simple, you still have to be careful before making a decision on an attorney for your personal injury case. 
If your attorney agrees to support your case on a contingency fee basis and does not wind the case, it’s not going to be a problem whether you owe the attorney anything for his fee. One must understand that there is a huge difference between lawyer “expenses” and fees. 
Like many personal injury cases, you will have to support some case” expenses” that need to be paid in order for the case to be prepared accordingly. These amounts will sustain third parties assigned to keep the case going: charges for medical records, court reporter fees, expert witness fees, and so on. 

5. How long has this attorney been supporting personal injury cases? 
On the whole, attorneys who support malpractice or personal injury cases will require the same “contingency” fee regardless of their experience.
If an attorney with only two years’ experience charges you the same fee as an attorney with 25 years of experience, you should definitely consider hiring a more experienced attorney.  Experience matters, but more importantly, it makes a difference in the outcome of your personal injury case. 

6. What cases does my lawyer handle on a daily basis? 
Many attorneys are “all-purpose practitioners” who tackle diverse legal cases, including sporadic personal injury cases. For a serious personal injury claim, you will need an attorney who handles personal injury cases on a daily basis. Modern law practice has become so strenuous that it is nearly impossible for a general practice attorney to keep up with the latest medical malpractice and personal injury law developments. 
Attorneys assigned to insurance agencies in order to tackle personal injury claims are knowledgeable professionals who limit their practice to the defense of personal injury cases. General practitioners aren’t that performant when they go up against a firm that specializes in the defense of personal injury cases.