Because your choice of attorney is so important, it is crucial to know what questions to ask a lawyer after a car accident. Obtaining financial compensation for injuries sustained in a car accident is not easy, and there are lots of mistakes you can make that can put your financial recovery—and potentially your physical recovery—in jeopardy.
But, while it is important to talk to a lawyer promptly, it is also important to make an informed decision about your legal representation. Just like doctors, accountants, and other professionals, some lawyers are more skilled and have more experience than others. To help you make an informed decision, here are seven questions to ask a lawyer after a car accident:
The first question you will want to ask is whether the lawyer is available to handle your car accident. If the lawyer is already handling too many cases, your case might not receive the attention it deserves. Your lawyer should be able to investigate your car accident immediately, and your lawyer should be able to devote the time necessary to handle your case efficiently.
When you have a car accident case, it is important to choose a lawyer who is familiar with the area where the accident happened. This local knowledge can make a big difference when it comes to assessing what happened and guiding you through the recovery process.
You will also want to choose a lawyer who regularly represents car accident victims.
Successfully handling a car accident case is a unique process that presents unique challenges. So, it is important to have a lawyer who has years, if not decades, of experience representing car accident victims on a regular basis.
Inquiries about an attorney’s prior successes are among the most important questions to ask a lawyer after a car accident. While past results do not guarantee future success, a lawyer’s case history can shed light on his or her experience representing car accident victims. If a lawyer has lots of testimonials from past clients, this can help you feel confident in your choice of legal representation as well.
As a client, you are entitled to know what you can expect from your legal representation. What is the lawyer’s process for handling car accident cases? How and when can you get in touch? When can you expect to hear back if the lawyer isn’t available immediately? These are all highly relevant considerations that should factor into your decision.
As a client, you are also entitled to know exactly how much you will pay. While your lawyer won’t be able to predict the exact dollar amount of your costs and fees, your lawyer should be able to clearly explain the costs and fees you will have to pay (if you have to pay them). Typically, car accident lawyers represent their clients on a contingency-fee basis, which means they only recoup their costs and earn their fees if they help their clients obtain a settlement or verdict.
Ideally, your car accident case will result in an out-of-court settlement that fairly compensates you for your current and future losses. But, if this doesn’t happen, you will need your lawyer to take your case to court. When choosing a lawyer, you will want to choose someone who is prepared to fight for just compensation at trial if necessary.
At some law firms, clients are treated like numbers in a case file. Interactions between clients and attorneys are extremely limited and clients can become frustrated wondering about the status of their cases. When you hire a lawyer to represent you, you should be able to contact your lawyer directly throughout your case, and your lawyer should work with you one-on-one to understand your losses, guide you through the recovery process, and help you make informed decisions about settling or taking your case to trial.
If you were hurt or lost a loved one in a wreck, we encourage you to contact a Wisconsin car accident lawyer at Studinski Law, LLC for a free and confidential consultation. We have helped clients achieve justice for their injuries throughout the state for decades. Our firm has the experience, resources, and history of success you can trust.
To speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about your case, please call (715) 343-2850 or tell us how we can reach you online now. Studinski Law, LLC serves clients in Marshfield, Plover, and all areas of Wisconsin.