Personal Injury Attorneys / Accident lawyers
Bring your checklist when deciding on a personal injury lawyer.
With so many personal injury attorneys to choose from, deciding on the right legal representation may seem like a daunting task. The personal injury law firm of Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC have handled thousands of injury cases involving auto, motorcycle, truck and pedestrian accidents, and would like to remind you that there are certain things you should look for in a personal injury lawyer or accident attorney. By asking the right questions and crossing off the items on your “Accident Lawyer Checklist,” you can come to an informed decision regarding who can best represent you. Here are some things to inquire about.
Experience – Ideally you would like a lawyer not only with experience but also with the type of experience needed to handle your case. Questions to ask include how long they have been practicing, how many cases like yours have they handled, do they have trial experience, and what percentage of their cases are personal injury cases? If these questions aren’t answered to your satisfaction you should continue your search for the right representation.
Fees – Many personal injury law firms will work on a contingency basis, meaning they will not be paid until or unless you recover a settlement. This isn’t the case with all law firms, however, so it is important to inquire about their fee structure up front. Will you be charged if there is no compensation? Will there be out-of-pocket expenses and if so how much should you expect them to be? No one wants to be caught off-guard by unexpected legal expenses, so make sure to discuss them straight away.
Compatibility – remember that in choosing a personal injury attorney you are choosing someone that you will be spending a lot of time with, and who in a very real way has a significant part of your future in their hands. It is vital then to find someone you are comfortable with; someone you find trustworthy and who you feel will be attentive to your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for referrals, and ask yourself whether or not you feel empathy from this person as well as a commitment to your cause. If something feels “off” about the interaction then it probably is. Listen to your instincts, and don’t settle for a lawyer you don’t feel comfortable with.
Sustaining an injury in an accident that was not your fault can be a chaotic and frightening experience. In such moments it is vital to remember what is important. First, seek medical attention immediately. Next, seek the help of a qualified personal injury attorney. Skousen, Gulbrandsen & Patience, PLC invites you to schedule your free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer from their firm. Call 800-501-2782 or email them today.