If you are hurt by no fault of your own, you may be eager to try and settle with the insurance company. If you can’t work due to your injury and money is tight, the insurance company knows that you may be desperate and try to settle with you for less than you deserve. It’s always a good idea to speak to a Personal Injury attorney before you agree to or sign anything. It doesn’t matter if you were injured in a car wreck, a slip and fall, or a case of negligence. Any injury is more than you deserve and an attorney will help protect you through the confusing maze of doctors and insurance paperwork. There are a few tips to consider before you choose the right attorney for you.
One consideration when hiring an attorney is to understand clearly how they expect to get paid. Many Personal Injury lawyers will work on a contingency basis, if they feel that you will recover money for your case. With this agreement, the attorney will take a percentage of your settlement. Make certain that you understand what the percentage is, usually between 33 1/3 – 50% of your settlement, and know if there will be other fees you will be responsible for too. For this type case, a contingency fee is usually a better arrangement than paying an attorney a retainer fee and payment for hourly work. That may be the agreement for other type legal cases but for personal injury, payment is usually a percentage of the settlement.
Make sure you are comfortable with the attorney that will be working for you. Know if you will be working with the attorney or a para legal for the majority of the case. No matter who will handle the case, make sure you get along well with them, as you’ll be working closely together for probably many months and it’s important to have a good rapport with them.
Choosing the right attorney doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Make sure you understand fully what you are agreeing to and who you will be working with before you sign anything. Take the time to do your homework first and ask the right questions. This way you’ll be pleased with you you choose to handle your case.