8 Important Questions You Should Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been hurt in an accident that was no fault of your own, it is imperative to immediately contact a personal injury lawyer to represent your case. While you need to act quickly, you also need to make sure you find a lawyer you can trust to represent your case. Here are some questions you should ask before hiring a personal injury lawyer.
What are your fees?
Wondering how much it costs to hire an injury attorney? Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis – meaning you will not have to come out of pocket to pay your attorney. There is no fee unless the attorney recovers money damages in your lawsuit.
Proceed with caution, and always remember, you pay for what you get. Be wary of the low–end attorneys as they may not be qualified to handle your case.
We understand where you are; in fact, one of our partners was in your shoes once. That’s why our fee for our personal injury lawyers will never be more than what our clients receive from the settlement. Not all Tampa injury attorneys can say that. Call Mickey Keenan, P.A., to schedule your free case review.
If my lawsuit doesn’t progress, who is responsible for any case-related costs?
Case-related costs are additional costs separate from a contingency fee. Ask the personal injury lawyer who will be responsible for these costs in the event your lawsuit is unsuccessful.
How much time can you devote to my case?
Many larger Florida injury firms may put your case in the hands of less experienced attorneys, or non-attorneys, or may even put your case on the backburner.
Always ask how much time the personal injury attorney can devote to your case, when your case can be filed, and always stress the importance of filing your case sooner than later.
Do you have experience with this type of case?
It’s not uncommon to ask for a referral to an attorney. However, you should never assume an attorney has handled a case like yours before. We recommend you always ask about his or her specific experience. For instance, if you were injured in a car accident or had a slip and fall, you wouldn’t seek out an attorney who typically handles divorce or family law.
Our Tampa, FL law firm has 13 years of experience in personal injury law. Learn more about our attorneys.
We were in your shoes once. That’s why we believe your personal injury lawyer shouldn’t receive more than a client gets from the settlement.
How long do you think it will take to resolve a case like mine?
Every case is unique, but based on experience, most qualified personal injury attorneys can provide a rough estimate as to how long your case should take.
Again, make sure the lawyer is committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible.
What is your trial success rate?
If a lawyer immediately tells you to settle, you should consider that a warning flag. Qualified injury attorneys prepare the case to go to trial. This enables the attorney to enter settlement negotiations with as much evidence as possible to collect a fair settlement. Make sure the attorney is willing to take cases to trial – the insurance companies know, so should you.
What is my case worth?
At Mickey Keenan, P.A., we’re concerned with making you whole. We’ll make sure you have the treatments you need to recover and will fight for you to get the best outcome. We’ll take the time to gather evidence that will give your case the best chance at trial.
A qualified personal injury attorney will use experience to determine what your case is potentially worth. Be wary of those who make unrealistic estimates.
Who will handle my case?
Many personal injury law firms will put senior partners in front of potential clients who never intend to represent their case. This will not happen at the law office of Mickey Keenan, P.A.
When you choose to work with our firm, you will meet with the attorney that will be representing your case from start to finish. This personalized approach is part of why we’re one of Tampa’s best injury firms.
Your Fight is Our Fight
If you’ve been involved in an accident, it can be overwhelming and difficult to know what to do next. We can help.
For more information on our Tampa personal injury law firm or to schedule an appointment with one of our top-rated personal injury attorneys, please call us today at 813–871–1300.