Severe injuries are likely to come without warning. If you or your loved one is injured due to someone else’s fault, you might feel confused about how to proceed with a case and how to prepare yourself. After getting immediate medical help, your next step should be speaking with an experienced Personal Injury Attorney before you talk with anyone else.
During that first meeting with an attorney, you will probably have some questions of your own. But here are seven others you should always ask:
1) Have you handled cases similar to mine? What were the outcomes?
It is essential to know that your attorney has handled similar past cases and 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 to 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 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 about your accident and see if they are willing to work with you or work out a more flexible payment arrangement. Your attorney should be willing to send them a letter, too, confirming your situation, if necessary.
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 you must 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 your doctors’ advice and 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, and you get released from your doctor. Since insurance companies only pay you one time in one lump sum to settle your case, you must get all the medical treatment you need before settling your case. Talk to your attorney about what may trigger a settlement for your case, so you know what to expect.
Your list of questions should not be limited to this list. Every case is unique and calls for individual decisions. 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.
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