Questions To Ask A Personal Injury Lawyer During Your Consultation
Q: Is this consultation given without charge to me?
About Your Rights:
Q: What rights do I have that need to be protected?
Q: Who will pay my medical bills; physical therapy bills; drug bills; transportation expenses; temporary or permanent household help; lost income; property damage; and pain and suffering?
Q: What do I have to do to protect my rights to these claims? What forms and papers do I need to obtain? Where do I get these forms? Will you fill out all the forms for me? If needed, will you help me with my medical claim? If needed, will you help me with my property damage claim?
Q: What claim letters need to be sent; How many insurance companies must be notified? Will you do this for me?
How can you determine whether you want to hire a specific lawyer? You may feel nervous when hiring a lawyer, but remember that you are the one doing the hiring. While lawyers who primarily represent people in accidents charge a contingency fee (a fee that is charged at the end of the case and only if you are successful) you will still want to know that you are satisfied with your choice. Even though you pay a fee after you receive a money award, you are the one paying the bill. Serious injuries can result in significant compensation for both you and your lawyer. That makes you an important client!
Q: If I have a question about my case, will I be able to speak with you directly or do I have to speak to a paralegal? Is it okay if I speak with you occasionally when I have a question or to find out the status of my case?
Q: How long have you and your law firm been practicing law?
Q: Do you practice primarily in the field of Personal Injury and accidents?
Q: Do you have professional liability insurance? (Professional liability insurance also protects you, the accident victim, in case an error is made that damages your case.)
Q: When will I be charged? (Personal injury lawyers usually charge a contingency fee.) A contingency fee is one that is charged at the end of the case and only if you are successful.
Q: How much will I be charged?
Q: Will I be charged a legal fee if you do not recover money for me?
Q: Am I liable for case expenses if you do not recover money for me?
Q: What are my alternatives to resolve my claim? Do you ever utilize mediation and arbitration?
Q: Have you or your law firm done any trials?
Q: (If married) Is my spouse entitled to any of the settlement or money awarded? What happens if I get divorced?
Q: (If a child is injured) Which parent will bring the claim? What happens to the settlement money?