If you were recently injured in an accident caused by negligence, one of the most important steps you need to take is hiring a personal injury lawyer to investigate your case, gather evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and maximize your entitled compensation, while you focus on making the best possible recovery from injury. Most attorneys offer free initial consultations that allow potential clients to learn about their legal options and determine if any of these candidates are the right legal professional for their case.
Before you make your decision, be sure to ask the following questions in order to get the most out of your free consultation:
How much experience do you have handling cases like mine? Not only do you want a lawyer who has years or decades of experience on your side, you also want to ensure he/she has handled many similar cases like yours. You may also follow up by asking how many successful verdicts or settlements they have obtained.
Do I have a good case? After you disclose the details of your case, any prospective attorney can determine if there is a good chance you can recover financial compensation and even the general range of your potential damages. Additionally, you should also ask what the weaknesses of your case are.
Are you willing to take my case to trial if you cannot reach a settlement? You also want a lawyer who is not afraid to pursue your entitled compensation in court if the insurer refuses to settle or offer a fair amount. Insurance companies typically make low initial offers before taking all your damages into account.
Will you handle my case directly? You need to know who will handle various aspects of your case. It is not uncommon to first speak with a partner, but the case is then handled by an associate attorney and/or paralegal. Ask who will be your point of contact to answer any of your questions and keep you updated on the progress of your case.
How many cases do you handle at a time? If an attorney has a large caseload, he/she may not have enough time and resources to help you maximize your entitled settlement.
How much are your legal fees? Most attorneys in California work on a “contingency fee” basis, which means you won’t have to pay anything unless you win your case. If the lawyer is victorious, then the fee will be a percentage of your compensation, generally between 25 percent to 40 percent.
Can you refer me to any past clients? Do not hesitate to ask a prospective attorney for references. Be sure the lawyer gives you the contact information of at least one former client.
With nearly four decades of experience, Tedford & Associates has secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients by providing them with compassionate and personalized legal services. Let our award-winning trial lawyers help you obtain the most favorable outcome either inside or outside the courtroom.
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