Fiol Law Group|Posted in Personal Injury on January 15, 2021
The search for the right personal injury lawyer is an important part of your case. You need to find an attorney who not only has experience in your practice area but shares your goals for the case. Choosing the right lawyer can be daunting due to the number of options in your city. The best way to make the right choice is to schedule an initial consultation (most personal injury lawyers offer them for free) so you can get to know the lawyer by asking key questions.
1) How Long Have You Been Practicing Personal Injury Law?
The lawyer you choose should have enough experience in personal injury law to make you feel confident in his or her skills and abilities. Search for a lawyer with at least several years of experience representing clients specifically in personal injury law. Personal injury is not like other types of law, such as employment or insurance law. Your lawyer should provide tailored services specifically for personal injury based on years of hands-on experience.
2) Do You Have Experience With My Type of Case?
Check the lawyer’s website for a list of practice area pages. You should be able to find the specific type of accident that injured you, such as a car accident or slip and fall, on the list. If you do not see your accident type, ask the lawyer for more information. You must find an attorney with on-the-job experience representing clients in cases like yours. Otherwise, your lawyer might not understand the exact laws connected to your case.
3) What Is Your Success Rate?
Don’t be afraid to ask the attorney straightforward questions about his or her results. Ask for a success rate, if the law firm has one. You can also ask to see real-life examples of settlements and jury verdicts won on behalf of clients. Although this does not guarantee that the attorney will win your case, it does show that the lawyer has the resources and skill to secure positive results.
4) Can You Provide Testimonials From Past Clients?
Look for testimonials and reviews from the lawyer’s past clients to get a feel for the lawyer’s services. Past client testimonials can describe the attorney’s strengths and weaknesses, preparing you for what to expect should you choose the lawyer. Make sure to go to a third-party website to look for unbiased reviews as well, rather than only relying on the reviews posted on the law firm’s website.
5) Can Your Law Firm Go to Trial?
Although most personal injury cases in Florida do not go to trial, it can be helpful to find an attorney with trial capabilities, just in case. That way, if insurance settlement negotiations fail and your case does turn into a personal injury lawsuit, you will not have to switch attorneys halfway through the legal process. Your lawyer should be able to do it all – negotiate a fair insurance settlement and represent you at trial, if necessary.
6) Who Will Be Representing Me?
It is not uncommon for a large, mill-type law firm to set up a free consultation with a lead attorney only to pass the case off to a paralegal or associate later. During your consultation, ask the lawyer directly if he or she will be the person handling your case. If not, ask to speak to the lawyer who will be handling things. You deserve to talk to the professional who will be doing the actual work before you choose a law firm.
7) How Much Do You Charge?
You don’t want any surprises when it comes time to pay your personal injury lawyer for his or her services. Ask the lawyer upfront for a straightforward overview of how he or she charges. Many personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency fee basis. This could be the best choice for you if you do not have a great deal of capital to pay a personal injury lawyer upfront. With this payment arrangement, you will not pay your attorney until and unless he or she wins your case. That way, you won’t take on any of the financial risks of your injury case.
If you’re ready to schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Tampa, contact Fiol Law Group 24/7.