How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve suffered an injury caused by the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. In order to ensure that your compensation adequately covers the total extent of your damages, it’s important to work with an experienced personal injury lawyer. With so many attorneys providing these services, choosing the right lawyer can be an overwhelming process. The following tips will help you feel confident that you’ve made the right decision.
Criteria to Evaluate When Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
There are several important criteria to evaluate when deciding whether a personal injury lawyer has the proper background to handle your case. Make sure to assess their:
- Experience handling your specific type of case
- Track record of success
- Level of attention they provide
- Reviews from previous clients
Experience Handling Your Specific Type of Case
Experience is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a personal injury lawyer. Not only do you want to work with an attorney who focuses on personal injury cases, but you want your lawyer to have extensive experience handling your specific type of case. Each different type of personal injury case comes with its own set of unique nuances. Your lawyer must have a deep understanding of all the laws that apply to your case, the characteristics associated with the most common injuries that occur, and the biggest obstacles associated with proving negligence.
Not all personal injury lawyers handle every type of personal injury case. In addition, some choose to focus on specific case types, and this provides additional expertise that many other attorneys don’t possess. When evaluating lawyers, always make sure you work with one that has the extensive experience handling your case type necessary to deliver the successful outcome you desire.
Track Record of Success
While experience handling your specific type of case is important, it doesn’t help you evaluate the lawyer’s track record of success. You want to work with an attorney who can demonstrate a track record that includes winning a large percentage of their cases and earning lucrative verdicts and settlements for their clients.
Keep in mind that every case is unique, and prior results don’t guarantee a successful outcome to your case. However, working with a personal injury lawyer who can demonstrate a proven track record of delivering the results their clients expect will help you feel confident that you’ve chosen the right attorney to handle your case.
Level of Attention the Lawyer Provides
Not all attorneys will provide you with the high levels of personalized attention your case deserves. Some lawyers will hand your case off to less experienced associate attorneys. When evaluating a lawyer, it’s important to understand how involved they will be with your case. Are they going to be the primary person handling these matters? If not, who will be working on your case. Always make sure to evaluate the background and experience of the primary attorney working on your case.
In addition, you want to make sure your lawyer is responsive to your questions and addresses your concerns in a timely manner. How quickly can you expect a response when you call? Are you able to contact your lawyer directly or will you have to go through their staff to speak with your attorney?
Reviews from Previous Clients
It’s also a good idea to look at reviews left by previous clients. Reading these reviews can give you a better understanding of the type of care you can expect to receive from the lawyer. Did these clients have a good experience? Was the attorney attentive to their needs? Did the attorney provide high quality representation and achieve a successful outcome?
Ask About the Lawyer’s Fee Structure
Most personal injury lawyers will work on a contingency fee basis. This means you’re not charged an hourly rate or any upfront fees. Instead, your attorney will receive a percentage of your settlement as payment for their services. If you don’t recover compensation, they won’t get paid.
Make sure to ask a lawyer about their fee structure. Be wary of working with a personal injury attorney who doesn’t work on a contingency fee basis. In addition, always ask about any other costs you may be responsible for, such as expert witness fees or court costs.
Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Your initial consultation is an important meeting where you can learn about your legal rights and options. In addition, this meeting provides you with an opportunity to learn more about the lawyer’s background and experience. Asking the following questions during your consultation can help you determine whether the attorney is the right fit to handle your case:
- How long have you been handling personal injury cases?
- How much experience do you have with my specific type of case?
- What issues or challenges do you foresee with my case?
- Do you possess the resources necessary to adequately investigate my case and provide expert witness testimony?
- What is your fee structure?
- How much trial experience do you have, and are you prepared to take my case to trial if a fair settlement isn’t offered?
- Do you have knowledge of the medical issues I experienced from my injuries?
- How will you keep me updated on the progress of my case?
- Can you provide me with past clients who can provide a reference?
- How much time can you devote to my case?
- Who will be the primary person responsible for handling my case?
Pushchak Law Can Help
If you’ve suffered an injury caused by the negligent actions of another, you may be entitled to recover compensation for your damages. At Pushchak Law, we understand the financial hardships that are frequently caused by a serious personal injury, and we’re committed to helping you move on after this difficult time in your life. Mr. Pushchak will fight aggressively for your compensation so you can focus your energy on recovering from your injuries.
Brian Pushchak has developed a unique Informed Decisions™ Approach focused on helping you achieve the best possible outcome to your case. This approach keeps you in control of the entire process. Mr. Pushchak will listen carefully to your goals for the case and answer any questions you may have. He’ll then explain your legal rights and options in detail and recommend the best strategy to achieve your desired outcome. Ultimately, you’ll have final say on the strategy used. This ensures Mr. Pushchak remains aligned with your goals and preferences every step of the way.
Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. Pushchak Law serves clients in Denver and throughout Colorado.
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