The laws and legal requirements related to a car accident case can be complicated and puzzling, and serious injuries to passengers can further complicate a case. Consequently, you may choose to make use of a lawyer to get legal assistance as fast as possible.
However, it may be unclear what you can expect from your car accident lawyer. Can your attorney really help you get fast and fair financial restitution? You need closure for the sake of your financial security both now and in the future.
You can ask your attorney key questions to learn how your car accident lawyer can resolve your case. The answers that you are provided can give you a clear picture of what you can expect from your lawyer and your case. In this article, we will provide you with the pertinent questions that you can ask your car accident lawyer.
For fast assistance with your car accident case, please contact our law office, Gould Injury Law, at 888-WIN-FAST. You can also fill out the online form to schedule your free consultation.
Questions to Ask
Car accidents are a serious issue. According to the Connecticut State Department of Public Health, car collisions are the third-leading cause of death in the state. The consequences of the injuries and damages caused in a car accident can affect your life significantly and for a long time. It’s understandable to be concerned with the efforts and process that your car accident lawyer will take to secure your financial future.
To better understand what actions and efforts your personal injury attorney will take on your behalf, you can ask your lawyer some key questions. Knowing the answers can help you build confidence in your attorney. Further, you may feel less anxious about the legal process that your attorney is pursuing.
Let us examine these concerns.
“How much will your services cost?”
The question of how much the lawyers’ services will cost you is usually the first question on your mind when considering contacting a law firm. This is a reasonable concern. Stress over the financial problems caused by the car accident and its injuries is a primary issue for injured victims.
No doubt, your goal is to get fast relief and minimize the financial costs and worries after your car accident. You don’t want to add to your financial burden. Thus, asking your lawyer how much he or she charges is important.
Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. This means that the client only pays the lawyer when he or she obtains financial compensation for damages obtained by the personal injury claim or lawsuit.
The contingency fee method allows you to proceed without having to pay legal fees initially upfront. After you receive monetary damages for your case, a portion of the money that you have been awarded in your settlement will be paid to the personal injury lawyer.
This amount is a predetermined fixed percentage. It is important for you to ask and find out this percentage amount. Usually, personal injury lawyers will take a percentage between 20 to 40 percent.
“How long have you practiced personal injury law in car accident cases?”
An issue of utmost importance is how long your attorney has been practicing personal injury law – in particular, the length of time your attorney has handled car accident cases. It is in your best interest to seek an attorney who is experienced in car accident cases with details and facts similar to that of your accident.
Knowing how many cases like yours your attorney has handled can provide you with important insight. This knowledge will allow you to determine the level of confidence your lawyer has in himself as he or she pursues your case. The greater your lawyer’s confidence is, the greater confidence you will have in your case.
“What potential problems and challenges do you anticipate with my car accident case?”
It is important that your personal injury attorney is honest and accurate when he or she speaks with you. If your attorney indicates to you that your personal injury case will be problem free with no complications, this itself could be a warning sign.
The legal system is complicated. At-fault parties often try to avoid blame or are outright obstinate, but a trustworthy and reputable car accident lawyer can inform you of the challenges you may face.
It is not enough that your attorney will honestly explain the challenges and difficulties of your case, though. You need a lawyer who is able to express the plans and intentions he or she has to ensure you are on the same page.
“How often will you update me on the progress of my case?”
Uncertainty and a lack of information can all lead to stress, anxiety, and frustration. An attorney who keeps you well informed to the extent you prefer can relieve the feelings of uneasiness that you might have during your legal case.
A key question, then, is: ‘How often will I be updated on the progression of the case?’ Knowing how frequently you want to be informed of what is happening in your case can help you in evaluating the answer the attorney gives.
When you discuss this with your attorney, be sure to clearly and directly express how involved you would like to be in your case. Some clients are happy to hear about the progress of their case only occasionally. Other clients feel better when they know exactly how each step of their case is going.
Inform your attorney which style of updates you prefer. Ask your attorney who will be available to take your calls. How long will you have to wait to hear back when you leave a message? Will your updates come from the attorney, a paralegal, a secretary, or someone else?
Good communication is essential in a working relationship. An attorney that understands what you expect with communication can provide you with the information you need fast. This, in turn, can relieve much of your stress during your case.
“How much time will my case require?”
Of course, you’ll want to receive your settlement as fast as possible. Negotiations for a settlement can be influenced by many factors. These factors can significantly influence whether your case is resolved quickly or may take considerable time. If it is necessary for your case to go to court, the length of time to resolve your case can increase.
Some of the factors that can influence the length of time required to resolve your case are the:
- Severity of your injuries
- Extent of damages to property
- At-fault party’s willingness to cooperate
- Attitude of the involved insurance companies
- Complexity of the case
- Skill of your attorney
- Attorney’s expediency and ability to work well fast
Once your attorney analyzes the factors related to your case, he or she can give you a general idea of how much time your case will require to reach a resolution.
Gould Injury Law’s attorneys are determined to reach the best resolution for our clients as fast as possible. That’s why we are known as “The Fast Firm.” To get your settlement as fast as possible, please contact us without delay.
What Questions Should Your Car Accident Lawyer Ask You?
A car accident lawyer who takes on your case will want to know as many of the details as possible and should ask you for plenty of details. The information that you can relate will help him or her to understand what happened in your accident.
Your attorney might also request medical documentation connected to your accident injury. Your attorney will be interested in all hospital records, receipts for purchased medication, and documentation pertaining to ongoing treatments.
Additionally, your attorney may ask you for accident reports filed either by you or the police.
The answers and documents that you provide can help your attorney prepare a solid case. He or she can estimate the suitable monetary value of all your losses so you can be fairly compensated.
The attorneys at Gould Injury Law can work with you to get these answers fast. Our goal is to get every client on the road to financial recovery as fast as possible.
How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help You Find Answers to Your Questions
The days and weeks following a car accident can be filled with challenges and frustrations. Your stress may be heightened further if you are recovering from injuries. To make matters worse, the legal process to obtain the financial compensation that you need can be problematic and difficult to understand.
However, do not lose hope. A capable car accident attorney can help you understand what to expect when handling your case.
A skilled attorney will also be straightforward when answering your questions. This will give you the confidence and peace of mind that you need while you recover physically. Meanwhile, you can leave it to your lawyer to make sure you recover financially.
To learn more about how our car accident lawyers can help you with your case, please contact us. Our law firm works fast to provide our clients with the vital legal assistance that a car accident case requires. Our goal is to get your results fast.
Call the attorneys at Gould Injury Law in Norwalk, CT, at 888-WIN-FAST, or fill out the online form for a free consultation.