Serious injuries are likely to come without warning. If you or someone you know is injured due to the fault of someone else, you might feel confused about how to proceed with a case and how to get prepared. After getting immediate medical help, your next step should be speaking with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney. Do this before you speak with anyone else.
During that first meeting with an attorney, you probably have questions of your own. But here are seven others you should ask:
1) Have you handled cases similar to mine? What were the outcomes?
It is important to know that your attorney has handled similar cases in the past and ask how many. The more experience your attorney has, the better the chances you have of receiving rightful compensation. Don’t be shy about asking how those cases turned out either.
2) How often will you communicate with me?
Communication is key to a successful personal injury case. Your attorney should let you know exactly where they are in your case so you can prepare for the next step. Don’t be afraid to contact them if you have questions.
3) How can I be involved in my case?
Make sure you meet or speak with your attorney at least once a week. Also, make sure you deliver all necessary documentation or bills related to the accident. Notify your attorney if insurance companies, doctors, or associates ask you questions regarding your case. Getting caught off guard can lead to case disruptions.
4) How will I be paying for your services?
Every case is different and may result in fixed fees and/or contingency fees. The fixed fee amount is determined by the tasks associated with your case. The contingency fee is based upon the result of your case so you don’t have to pay until your case is a success.
5) What if I have problems with creditors?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for financial disruption to occur. Report to your creditors as soon as possible to let me know of your accident. Your attorney should be willing to contact your creditors for you, if you need him or her to do so.
6) Is there anything I can do to help make sure that I get fair compensation?
Getting fair compensation from an insurance company takes work and it is very important that you talk with your attorney about what you can do to make sure that you receive fair compensation. Often insurance companies want to see evidence that you have followed the advice of your doctors and of any restrictions. Talk to your attorney about how you can help ensure you get the compensation you deserve by getting the treatment you need.
7) When can we settle my case?
Every case is different; however, most cases follow a similar pattern: you get injured, you receive medical treatment, you get better, you get released from your doctor. Since insurance companies only pay you one time in one lump sum to settle your case, it is important that you get all the medical treatment you need before settling your case. Talk to your attorney about what your attorney is looking for to trigger settling your case so that you will know what to expect.
Your list of questions should not be limited to this list. Every case is unique and calls for unique decisions to be made. If you are victim to an accidental injury, the attorneys at Kelly & West can get you the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation today and see what we can do for you.
Oliver and Sherrie M. – Car Accident
“We were hit head-on by someone who run a red light. I got bruised up real bad inside and I had just had shoulder surgery and it inflamed that. My wife was hurt the worst. It disfigured her right arm. We were referred to Mr. West through our son-in-law so we went up and set an appointment with him. We went in and met him for the first time and he is a very nice gentleman to say the least. He took over the case and found out who the [driver] was. It had totaled the car and I had just gotten it paid off. They didn’t even get hurt. Mr. West took the case and went way out of his way to help. The lady who hit us … they had only the cheapest insurance to get the car on the road … so he helped us get more money to help us pay the bills. We are very happy with how it turned out. Kelly and West, they’re good people. You can talk to them and they’re down home people.”