If you’ve been seriously injured, you will need an experienced personal injury attorney to negotiate a fair settlement, or to file a lawsuit on your behalf.
But where do you find an attorney you can trust? How much will it cost? What questions do you ask to be sure you get the best attorney for your case type?
Obviously, a good personal injury lawyer brings a lot to the table: knowledge of legal procedure, support staff to process paperwork, negotiating expertise, and more. But they will also take a substantial amount of any compensation awarded to you. This is known as a contingency fee.
You should also know it’s not necessary to hire an attorney for all personal injury scenarios. It really depends on the severity of your injuries and the amount at stake. If your injuries were minor and liability is clear, you might be able to “go it alone.” This approach could save you a lot of money. With more serious injuries, however, you’ll need an attorney.
Deciding whether or not you need a personal injury lawyer can be a tough decision. Learn the types of claims you can probably handle on your own, and those you’ll definitely need a licensed attorney for.
If you’re like most people, you wouldn’t even consider the prospect of handling your own case. Naturally, you’ll want to find the best injury attorney out there. We’ll show you what to look out for and how to make sure you get the right attorney for your case.
Your lawyer’s fees will vary depending on your location and the facts of your case. You should expect the contingency fee to be about 33 percent of your final settlement – that’s after expenses are taken off the top. It rises to 40 percent if you go to trial.
Sometimes you can negotiate attorney’s fees, but it’s not always possible.
If you do hire an attorney, you should know how to stay on top of their progress. Just waiting around for months on end with no word on how your case is progressing can drive you crazy. At the same time, you don’t want to be a pest. Learn how to balance the two here.
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