Looking for a personal injury attorney to aid in getting compensation for injuries may feel a bit overwhelming. There are many law firms throughout the DFW area, and all of them claim to be the best. How do you know that you are getting the best representative for your case? There are 5 main questions you can ask your potential lawyer to determine whether they will treat you fairly and put your interests first.
1. What Kind of Cases Does This Lawyer Take On Regularly?
Some lawyers claim they can do it all, everything from personal injury to medical malpractice to car accidents. While a jack-of-all-trades lawyer may seem appealing initially, they may not be the best to represent you in your required field. You want to make sure you are getting a lawyer who specializes in personal injury law, so they can help you best claim the compensation you deserve.
2. How Long Has This Lawyer Been Practicing?
It is important to make sure you are investing in experience since many lawyers charge similar personal injury contingency fees. A more experienced lawyer will be able to better help you get the full compensation you deserve. Experience means that your lawyer will be familiar with the different issues surrounding your case and be able to connect with experts who can offer further assistance.
3. How Often Does This Lawyer Settle Outside of Court?
To win a war, you must be prepared to do whatever it takes. Similarly, your potential lawyer should be willing and prepared to take your case through the court system if need be. Some lawyers are more concerned with their caseload, rather than the clients they are representing. These types of lawyers are known as “clearinghouse” lawyers. A clearinghouse lawyer will often try to settle cases quickly, or they will refer you to another lawyer to save themselves from having to do any leg work. They still get a part of the fee if the other lawyer wins the case, and you are often left with less than the compensation you deserve.
Make sure the lawyer you hire has your best interests at heart and is willing to take your case to court should the other side refuse to give you the proper compensation for medical expenses and damages.
It is perfectly normal for personal injury attorneys to consult with one another over cases. This helps them prepare the best possible plan to make sure you are represented well. This is not the same as referring you to someone else, as the original lawyer will still be representing your case.
4. What Are Their Contingency Fees?
Most personal injury lawyers charge contingency fees. This means that you owe them nothing if your case is unsuccessful; conversely, they will take part of the fees if you should win. However, some law firms are tricky in that they fail to include the fees for additional preparation they may have to do, such as research. This means that they will be coming to you to foot the bill, regardless of whether they win or lose. Make sure you and your lawyer are clear on the terms. If you are uncomfortable with the terms or you have questions, feel free to ask about them. If you are still unsure or uncomfortable, it may be beneficial to seek out a different lawyer.
5. Where Can You Find A Team That Puts You First?
Hernandez Law Group, P.C. is dedicated to ensuring that you get the compensation you deserve. We fight hard to ensure that your voice is heard and your rights are protected. We do not back away from a challenge and take everything head-on with dignity and professionalism. Juan Hernandez is one of the 2% of Texas lawyers who is Texas board certified in personal injury law. If you have been injured in an accident, there is no better team to call then the dedicated lawyers at Hernandez Law Group, P.C. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.