So you've gotten injured at work and now want to hire a personal injury lawyer to help settle your case. Here are some common questions that you may want to ask them in order to find out of they are the lawyer for you.
WHAT IS YOUR CONTINGENCY FEE?
In most cases, you will not have to pay your personal injury lawyer up front. This is a benefit to both parties, as it allows you to not have to put out that much money in advance without knowing what your return will be, and it benefits your lawyer by possibly being able to make more on their time in your case. Thus they generally ask for a percentage of money from your settlement. This allows them to negotiate for a higher settlement for both your sakes. Most contingency fees run between 25-40%, depending on the lawyer and the case that you bring to them.
HAVE YOU TRIED CASES LIKE THIS BEFORE?
Every time you hire a lawyer, regardless of the type of lawyer, this is always a good question to ask. No one wants a lawyer who has never tried this type of case before, or who has never been involved in anything like this. Experience is key in this business, and when dealing with your personal health and safety, you want someone who really knows what they are doing.
DO YOU REALLY HAVE TIME FOR MY CASE?
This question pairs well with the question above. The more well-known and successful a lawyer is, the more likely it is that they will have a lot of business. This becomes a problem when taking on new cases. So while you want an experienced and successful lawyer, you also want one who is going to be involved in your case, instead of just showing up the day of the hearing and faking his way through. An invested lawyer is a good one.
WILL YOU BE THE ATTORNEY HANDLING MY CASE?
Yet another good question that goes to the integrity of the lawyer. Some firms have a tendency to take on cases under the name of the head of the practice, who is incredibly successful, and then pass cases down to the underlings that haven't had chances yet. While this is good news for the underlings, it's not always the best for the clients. Asking this question means you will get a straight answer about exactly who in the firm will be handling your case and whether they are worth the time.
Remember these questions when interviewing your lawyer, and you should have no issues when it comes to getting a good and respectable personal injury layer to take your case.