Personal injury law is complicated. It involves navigating a maze of insurance claims and reimbursement, medical bills, and much more. You shouldn’t have to deal with this alone. You need a compassionate team of attorneys, but how do you pick them? What are the questions you should ask a personal injury lawyer?
The Berman Law Group is here to help. With decades of experience under our belt, we know exactly what separates successful attorneys from the rest. Keep reading for the top 5 questions to ask your personal injury lawyer to get things started.
Ask for Referrals From Other Attorneys
Lawyers know other lawyers. In fact, the number one source of referrals for many law firms is other attorneys. So if, for example, you were to ask a real estate lawyer to help you with a personal injury case, the real estate lawyer might say something like “I don’t handle personal injury cases, but you should talk to The Berman Law Group.” It’s important to determine approximately what percentage of your lawyer’s caseload comes from referrals from other lawyers. This test isn’t necessarily waterproof. But it is a good starting point. So, the higher, the better.
Ask Them (or Find Out) if They Send Solicitation Letters
Another question you should ask your personal injury lawyer is if they send solicitation letters. Law firms can obtain information about an accident that you may not be able to get via publicly available police reports. Some law firms use this information as an advertising tool to identify potential clients.
The problem is that the vast majority of firms sending these solicitation letters are volume-based businesses. They make money by having a quick turn-over rate. This is why these firms are in constant need of new clientele. They can’t get client-based referrals because none of their past clients will recommend them! Several states are trying to enact rules to prohibit attorneys from soliciting to accident victims.
Ask About Potential Case Expenses
One of the most important questions you can ask your personal injury lawyer is about case expenses. Most personal injury cases are paid for on what is called a “contingent fee basis.” This simply means that your lawyer doesn’t get any money unless you win, in which case they will take a percentage.
This sounds pretty great, right? Wait a second. First, there are a few things that you need to understand. One is that personal injury attorneys will not even take your case in the first place unless they think they have a reasonable chance of winning. So, if you get an attorney to agree to take your case that means they think they can win. Otherwise, in most cases, they simply wouldn’t take it. Let’s say you hire an attorney on a contingent-fee-basis and they lose. Well, in this case, you wouldn’t owe them anything. That doesn’t mean that you get off completely free. Nearly all personal injury cases involve some “expenses” that need to go to third parties. Such costs can include court reporter expenses, medical record attainment-expenses, expert witness expenses, and more.
In a conventional personal injury case, like a car accident, in which the settlement is $100,000 or less, the court expenses will only usually be about 5% of that. In more severe cases, like catastrophic injuries, expenses can skyrocket. So, this is something to be aware of, and it is a question you should ask your personal injury lawyer about beforehand. Now that you know the most important questions to ask your personal injury attorney, it’s time to take the next step. Contact The Berman Law Group. We’re experienced in all areas of personal injury, from workers’ comp to slip and falls.
Call The Berman Law Group, South Florida’s most compassionate and aggressive personal injury firm, today at (800) 883-5206.