Accidents hardly come with a warning in advance, and so they leave most victims unprepared. Because of how accidents happen victims are not too sure how to proceed. This is made worse when the victims suffer injury or property loss. They may not know what decisions to make and when to make them. This article and a subsequent one will discuss important questions to ask a personal injury attorney before hiring them.
Personal Injury Attorney Questionnaire
When you’re choosing your legal representative, it is important that you get the right person for the job. To find out who this right person is you need to ask some important questions. Some of these questions are listed below.
- How often does the attorney go to trial?
This is an important question as it is directly linked to receiving a larger compensation payout. Insurance companies offer settlements that are much less than you may be able to get if you go to trial. Your attorney will need to analyze the factors of your case to decide whether to settle or go to trial. When the attorney rarely goes to trial it may be a sign that they look for a quick pay off. Rather, then taking their chances of maximizing your settlement amount by going to trial.
- If there is a disagreement between you and the attorney regarding settlement, whose will prevails?
Because some attorneys are just looking for a quick pay off, they are more likely to take a settlement. Some may even insist on you taking a settlement even though you do not agree with it. The fact is you are never required to settle a case if you do not choose to. That being said, fighting a case for principal is a terrible idea. However, some attorneys may withdraw from representing you if they believe that you should take a settlement and you refuse.
Asking these questions may greatly increase your chances of finding the best attorney for you. Contact the Vinson Law Office for a free initial consultation.