After sustaining an injury that is caused by the fault of another person, one of the best things that you can do to improve your odds of recovering your full compensation amount is to contact a skilled San Diego injury attorney. But unless you have worked with an attorney in the past, you may have questions about what exactly you should be looking for and where to start. The following provides some information regarding questions that you should ask an injury attorney before hiring him or her:
How Much Do You Charge?
One of the first questions that you should ask an attorney is how, and how much, he or she charges. Unfortunately, there are too many attorneys in California who are trying to make a quick buck, and will take advantage of accident victims by charging them high hourly rates or ridiculous retainer fees. If your attorney requests that you pay him or her upfront, it is within your best interest to seek the counsel of someone else.
You should hire an attorney that works on a contingency fee basis. This means that your attorney will not charge you unless your case is successful. Upon a winning case, you will owe the attorney a percentage of your winnings (an amount that is agreed upon in advance).
What Is Your Experience in Personal Injury Law?
Ask the attorney a lot of questions about his or her experience in personal injury law, and, specifically, his or her experience working with accident victims who have sustained injuries in events similar to yours. If you have been bitten by a dog, for example, an attorney who only specializing in car accident law probably is not the best person for the job. You want someone representing you who knows exactly what it takes to win your case.
You should also ask what the attorney’s history is in terms of case success – can he or she tell you about any specific cases where a large compensation amount has been recovered on victims’ behalf?
What Can I Expect During the Process?
Any attorney who guarantees a win or promises that the whole matter will be wrapped up before you know it should not be trusted. In truth, lawsuits take a lot of time, and knowing whether or not your claim will be successful is impossible early on. Your attorney should provide you with honest answers about how long he or she thinks your case will take to resolve, how much you may be entitled to recover, and what your role throughout the process will be.
Reach Out to Our San Diego Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Finding a good injury attorney whom you can trust can be a headache. At Berman & Riedel, LLP, we want to take the stress out of your decision. Our experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers have represented dozens of injury victims, and have a record of success.
Time is running out to file your claim and recover your compensation. For a free case consultation today where you can learn more about our team and what we can do for you, visit us online or call 858-350-8855 now.