Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
Deciding to hire an attorney is its own personal battle. You’ve been hurt, you may be facing surgery or other medical procedures, and you have to wade through various attorneys to figure out which one is right for you.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, contact Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., for a free initial consultation. We will help you understand the law as it applies to your case and give you a better idea of what you could be entitled to.
10 Questions to Ask a Potential Personal Injury Lawyer
Most personal injury attorneys have no problem giving you a free consultation, which you can use to ask them any questions you have about your personal injury claim. If you’re not sure what to ask, here are ten questions to get you started:
1. Do You Have Experience Handling Similar Cases to Mine?
You should always ask potential lawyers if they have experience handling similar cases. This will give you a good idea of whether or not they are qualified to handle your case. If they do not have experience, they may not have the knowledge and skills necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.
2. How Long Have You Been Practicing Personal Injury Law?
Another important question is how long the lawyer has been practicing personal injury law. You want to hire a lawyer who has plenty of experience and who knows the ins and outs of the legal system. A lawyer with less experience may not be as familiar with the law and may be unable to get you the best possible outcome.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our team has over 100 years of combined experience handling personal injury cases. We have the knowledge and skills necessary to get you the compensation you deserve.
3. How Often Do Your Cases Go to Trial?
Personal injury cases often settle out of court, but some go to trial. Asking how often a lawyer has had to prepare a personal injury lawsuit will give you an idea of their trial experience and whether or not they are willing to take your case to court if necessary.
4. How Much Do You Charge?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means they do not get paid unless you win your case. However, you should still ask about legal fees, as some lawyers may charge for expenses even if you do not win your case.
We do not charge any upfront fees or expenses at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. We only get paid if we recover compensation for you.
5. Does Your Law Firm Have the Resources and Time to Handle My Case?
Some law firms are too busy to take on new cases, and others do not have the proper staff or resources to investigate and prepare for trial. You want to ensure that the firm can commit to your case and that you will have a dedicated team working on your behalf.
6. How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
Settlement and negotiations with the insurance company can take months or even years, and a trial can take even longer. You should ask potential personal injury lawyers how long they think your case will take to resolve. While no lawyer can give you a definite answer, they should be able to provide you with a general idea based on their experience.
It is important to remember that various factors can impact how long it takes to resolve. Sometimes cases settle quickly with no issue, and other times there may be obstacles along the way due to circumstances that are out of our control.
7. Do You Have Any Honors or Awards?
Some lawyers have received honors or awards for their work in personal injury law. While this is not necessarily a requirement, it can indicate a lawyer’s experience and success.
8. What is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
This is a difficult question to answer as every case is different, and many factors contribute to the value of a case. Some of these factors include the severity of your injuries, whether or not you have lost wages, and the amount of medical bills you have incurred.
An experienced attorney may be able to give you a general idea of what your case may be worth. However, it is important to remember that the value of your case can change over time as new information arises.
9. Who is Responsible for any Case-Related Costs If My Claim is Not Successful?
In some cases, the person who is bringing the claim may be responsible for any costs associated with the case if it is not successful. This is typically only the case if there was some sort of agreement in place between the lawyer and the client specifying that the client would be responsible for such costs.
10. What Are Your Chances of Winning My Case?
No reputable personal injury attorney can guarantee that you will win your case, but an experienced lawyer should be able to give you an honest assessment of your chances. Be wary of any lawyer who tries to guarantee a certain outcome. The truth is, there is no way to know for sure how your case will turn out.
Our Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers Are Ready Fight For You
If you are looking for the highest level of representation available for your personal injury case, turn to Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Our firm has helped clients recover more than $500 million in compensation, and we have more than 100 years of combined experience. All of our partners are recognized by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers®, and our firm includes three past presidents of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C.
We work to help our clients obtain fair settlement offers to compensate them for the injuries they’ve suffered, but our attorneys are extremely well-equipped to go to trial if needed. Call (202) 659-8600 or contact us online to get the proven legal representation you deserve.