If you are in a car accident, then you may wonder how to proceed. Many people don’t know the laws surrounding their case and their rights. Some people may not realize they can file a claim for their injuries, especially if they did not immediately go to the hospital. A Florida car accident attorney can help you determine if you’re able to get compensated for your injury.
Here are some things to consider before you hire a car accident attorney.
The attorney you choose should not just have experience in law, but they should have specific experience in dealing with car accident claims. A knowledgeable attorney will understand how the law applies to your case.
The attorney can explain what you can expect during the claims process and how you will proceed if the claim is denied. If the person is not insured, the lawyer can help you determine the best way to proceed.
When you interview attorneys, ask about their experience with car accident claims and cases. How many years have they practiced law? How long have they been in their current law office? Do they share their case load with another attorney?
2. Success Record
Does the attorney have a record of success? When it comes to filing claims, they should have a good rate of acceptance. If they have to represent their clients in a claim denial, do they have a record of success?
Have they won cases where they represented an injured person? Have they represented many people in such cases? You don’t just want to know how many cases they’ve won. You also need to know how many cases have required legal representation.
The percentage of cases won should be considered. However, you should also take into consideration how many cases the attorney and their office have handled. The more cases they’ve worked on successfully, the better able they would be to provide you with a high-quality legal service.
Your attorney should have a team to support their work. This team may consist of paralegals, case managers, legal investigators, legal assistants and other support members. Their team may work from the office or remotely.
When you work with an attorney, you may be spending most of your time speaking with various team members. They will gather information or evidence needed for your case. They may gather statements from witnesses and keep you updates on the case progress.
When you interview attorneys, ask them about their support team. Will you primarily deal with a team member or the attorney? Who will provide updates? Who should you call if you have questions? If possible, can you meet the people you’ll be dealing with?
Price is always an important factor when it comes to legal service. However, when it comes to a car accident or personal injury claims, the lawyer may have various ways of charging their fees, depending on the type of representation you need.
For personal injury, some lawyers charge a percentage of your claim. This means you won’t have to pay up front for their service. However, some attorney charges you for certain paperwork, although these are small charges.
However, some car accident claims may require an upfront charge, especially if you are at fault. You must discuss the legal fees, costs, and expenses, with the attorney during the interview.
An honest attorney will let you know if you have a good case, or not. An attorney does not want to waste their time or yours, on a case they can’t win. Attorneys have some factors to consider before accepting a case.
If the rate of recovery is low, your lawyer should be honest about the possible outcome and allow you to decide if you want to proceed. If you don’t want to accept the attorney’s opinion, you can seek out the assistance of another attorney.
Since your attorney is representing you, you should feel confident about their ability to do their work properly. You must trust them to provide you with the best legal services and advice. If you don’t trust the attorney during the interview, then you should seek out a different attorney to represent your claim.