If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, filing a personal injury claim may be something you’re considering. But before you rush into the claim process, you may want to have your case reviewed by a lawyer.
As you navigate hiring a lawyer to manage your personal injury case and initiate the claims process, you should have an idea of what questions to ask. We’ve compiled a list of some questions to ask an attorney before hiring them – if you have further questions, please call our personal injury lawyers at BBGA today.
We offer free consultations and there’s no charge unless we win your case.
- What Type of Personal Injury Law Do You Practice?
While most personal injury lawyers are skilled in a variety of different practice areas, not all personal injury lawyers may be familiar with your specific case type, and some may even focus exclusively on certain areas of personal injury law.
It’s important to clarify what type of law the attorney you’re speaking with is most experienced in; you don’t want to hire a dog bite lawyer to manage your car accident claim, or vice versa.
- What’s Your History of Success?
Of course, hiring a lawyer who is experienced in the area of the law that’s relevant to your injury case doesn’t matter much if that lawyer isn’t winning the cases they take on.
While it may seem indelicate, don’t hesitate to ask an attorney about their success rate and any particularly notable case results they can share with you. After all, it’s your future on the line – you want to find the best attorney possible. You may also consider looking up the attorney to ensure they are in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia
- What Resources Do You Have Available to Put Towards My Case?
Some lawyers care about profit more than people. They may take on more cases than they can competently handle, save money by not hiring staff, or be reluctant to spend money on experts’ fees. This is not who you want to take your case. Instead, you want a lawyer who has the resources necessary to thoroughly investigate your case, build your claim, negotiate your settlement, and litigate on your behalf if necessary.
- How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve and How Much Is My Case Worth?
It’s wise to ask how long the lawyer expects your case to settle, and how much the lawyer expects you will receive. This is helpful for two primary reasons: First, it gives you a ballpark idea of how much time and energy you will need to devote to the case, as well as what you’ll get out of it. These are important considerations when deciding whether or not you want to move forward with your case at all.
And secondly, the answers to these questions can serve as a red flag – if the attorney promises you’ll receive millions or that your case will be resolved before you know it, you should search for someone else. In either case, keep in mind that such estimates are hard to predict without a full review of all of the evidence of your case.
- How Much Do You Charge?
Before you hire a lawyer, you need to know how much you’ll be responsible for in lawyer’s fees. A good personal injury lawyer will work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not have any upfront or out-of-pocket fees.
Instead, the lawyer’s fee will be based on your settlement. If the attorney recoups a settlement on your behalf, they will be entitled to a percentage of your winnings. If not, they won’t be entitled to any payment at all.
Call Our Personal Injury Lawyers for Your Free Consultation Today
The above questions are just a few things to ask a personal injury lawyer before hiring them. You shouldn’t hesitate to ask anything you want to know in reference to your case or the legal process.
At Blasingame, Burch, Garrard & Ashley, P.C., our attorneys are happy to answer all your questions. We offer free consultations and if you choose to hire us, we will work diligently on your case and always put your needs first. Please reach us today by phone or online to schedule your case review.
There is no fee unless we win your case.