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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Visitor Questions on Personal Injury Attorneys
What does a reasonable personal injury lawyer contract consist of? Our son was almost run over by a car. It hit him in a cross walk and his foot was trapped under the right front tire. He had to stand up and motion for the driver to back up off his foot. His foot was not seriously injured, no broken bones, just badly bruised. He’s... Read More >>
Can we sue an attorney found guilty of ineffective counsel? Our attorney advised us to sign documents which we were told were continuances for a trial, when in fact they were not. The commissioner involved with the hearing has refused to release the mandatory recording of the hearing. The other attorney crossed his name off the signature page after the hearing. Our attorney, over 2... Read More >>
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Ethical rules for attorneys asking you to sign a contract after an accident? My 32 year old son was struck by a vehicle while riding his motorcycle and put into the hospital for 3 months, 1 of which he was in a coma. 18 months later my son still requires 24 hours supervision and is still undergoing therapies due to the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to his frontal... Read More >>
Can I replace my lawyer? I have a retainer agreement with a lawyer for a personal injury case. The agreement is no payment due until a settlement or verdict in my favor. The agreement lays out the payment terms, but it doesn’t say anything in regards to my ending the agreement. I’m at the point where settlements have not been... Read More >>
Is my lawyer charging too much? I was in a hit and run accident, and not understanding the Florida no-fault laws and uninsured motorist coverage, I sought the help of an attorney. My insurance paid for the loss of my vehicle and 60% of lost wages, and made no mention of compensation for personal injuries I sustained. I was told I... Read More >>
Lawyer died before giving us our settlement? In 2012 my wife and I were vacationing in Maui. When we were shopping Lahaina there was a big divot in the sidewalk and my wife fell down and broke her ankle. We hired a lawyer and had to go back to Maui for 10 days for mediation. Afterwards our lawyer told us that the... Read More >>
Attorney kept settlement money? I had a slip and fall injury at a hotel. I needed to get medical treatment and the hotel refused payment, so I hired an attorney. They took my case and sent me to one of their contracted chiropractors. They also sent me to get an MRI. A year and half later they let me... Read More >>
My attorney dropped my case, what can I do? I was in a car accident in Los Angeles. While I was heading east bound in busy traffic, there was another vehicle coming the opposite way, from the west, ready to turn left in front of me to get into a parking lot. Despite the traffic being very busy, she jumped into the congested line... Read More >>
Can a law firm put a lien on my settlement money? I talked to a law firm about taking my workers comp case, but decided not to retain them. I signed nothing, nor did I approved them to do anything. But then they ran down to court and filed a LIEN on my workers compensation money! What do I do immediately to reverse this, take this... Read More >>
Dropped by Attorney for ‘Conflict of Interest’? I am a taxi driver and have been working for the same company for four years. In June 2012 an intoxicated driver ran a red light and t-boned my cab on the driver’s side. There was severe damage to the drivers side. The police report agrees with this. I was carrying four passengers, one of... Read More >>
Can a lawyer quit after 3 years of representation over settlement? In a personal injury case, after the lawsuit, depositions, and note of issue has been filed, can an attorney withdraw from the case at anytime or does the attorney need permission from the judge? The same lawyer has been handling case for 3+ years. The client received a phone call from her attorney stating the... Read More >>
Firing My Injury Attorney… I am 5 years into my slip and fall accident case with a major national chain retail store. My injury attorney told me at the beginning that he was going to file my case for up to $300,000. Now that I am two months away from my mediation date, he informed me that he believes... Read More >>
Attorney Misrepresentation? I was in a car accident (not my fault) in April of 2011. I hired an attorney to make sure all of my bills would be paid properly. In the accident I had a concussion, whiplash and an eye injury requiring stitches, and I needed to get a new prescription for my glasses. We are... Read More >>
Can’t find an attorney to take my case… On March 3, 2011 I tripped on a rotted post in the ground that was not visible because of grass. I hit my head on some mailboxes resulting in a 2 day hospital stay, a large cut on my head, and 2 black eyes that covered most of my face and lasted for more than... Read More >>
“Pro Bono” Personal Injury Lawyer for Assault Case? My nephew was beaten by a group of boys from his high school. He was riding his bike to his mom’s house (my sister, he lives with his dad right now) trying to go help his brothers put signs up for a singing performance they were having. As he was close to his mother’s house... Read More >>
Can my lawyer pay medical bills with my settlement check? I did not get enough in my PIP settlement check to cover all my medical expenses in my auto accident case. Now my lawyer is holding my check for a week to ten days making arrangements on my medical bills. Who pays them me or him? I have household help and attendant care which I... Read More >>
Is there a time limitation on hiring an attorney after a car accident? On September 30 I was a passenger in my daughter’s car. We were waiting at a stop light and were rear-ended. I was examined at the emergency room and they took X-rays and a CAT scan. I was released and told to followup with my doctor. My doctor said I had whiplash and wrote an... Read More >>
Legal Malpractice in Car Accident Settlement? In May 2010 I was hit head-on by a drunk driver. He got tickets for leaving the scene of an accident and DWI. I called around and found a lawyer. The accident put a lot of stress on me with all the doctor and lawyer appointments, work and trying to get my car replaced. Three... Read More >>
Do I Have a Legal Malpractice Claim? I live in South Carolina and was injured on the job, not through any fault of my employer, but through the negligence of a roofing company repairing the roof on the leased building. I fell on some very large stones and roofing material because I was reading a document while walking in the courtyard. The... Read More >>
Concrete Hazards Cause Slip and Fall… I slipped and fell in a parking lot at a medical hospital. I stepped over a puddle of leaves, water and debris so I wouldn’t get wet or slip. I needed to get on to the walkway so I could go to my doctor’s appointment. I broke my left leg and took my foot off... Read More >>
Car Collision Injury Settlement… I had a car collision injury in Ohio. The auto accident was the other person’s fault. It happened last May 2010. My back is still in pain. I have been to a chiropractor, pain Dr, had an MRI, X-rays, and physical therapy. I can’t sit for too long without my back really hurting. It hurts... Read More >>
Inadequate Compensation in Rear End Car Accident Settlement… I was rear ended at a stop light and I hired an attorney. I ended up having surgery on my right shoulder and I’ve been through therapy and all. I have lost wages, went through a lot of stress over finances, had to borrow money, sell my truck and now the attorney tells me I... Read More >>
My lawyer accepted a settlement without my consent… Recently my current lawyer settled my automobile accident claim without my accord. The accident happened over a year ago and for months now, I have tried to communicate with his law firm regarding issues and concerns: unpaid medical bills, no information regarding the claim progress and more… I have emails proving my many attempts to... Read More >>
Unhappy with my car accident attorney… I was hit head on when I was sitting in my car at a stop sign waiting for my turn to go. I suffered injuries which are still bothering me. I’d like to know what i am entitled too and what to do if I feel like my attorney is not doing his job? Is... Read More >>
Changing Lawyers in the Middle of a Car Accident Case… Hello, I had a car accident around 2 months ago. I went to this attorney and did not really know what to expect since it was my first car wreck. I was trying to get some advice on what to do. I was asked by his office staff to complete papers and didn’t realize I... Read More >>