If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’ve got a lot on your plate. Aside from seeking appropriate medical care, hiring an attorney is one of the most important things that you can do. So, what do you need to know when looking for a personal injury lawyer?
First things first…
“Personal injury” is a term used for a variety of case types. For example, some personal injury lawyers focus on a specific type of case – e.g., medical malpractice, auto accident, or nursing home abuse. Other personal injury lawyers work on several different types of cases.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, you should consider choosing an attorney who focuses on auto accident cases.
Think about it this way:
If you wanted to be evaluated or treated for a heart issue, you would (hopefully) want to see a cardiologist and not a general practice doctor. The same is true when choosing an attorney.
This in mind, here’s your first tip: (1) Ask your prospective attorney about the scope of his or her work. Does he/she have experience in auto injury cases? Does he/she focus on auto accident cases, or several case types?
(2) You should expect a complimentary consultation with the attorney to discuss the details of the accident. After understanding the basics of what happened, (3) a knowledgeable car accident lawyer should be able to let you know whether it is in your best interest to hire an attorney. If you or your passengers were injured in an accident caused by someone else, it is likely in your best interest to have legal representation.
It’s important to realize that (4) an experienced auto accident attorney will not be paid unless he or she wins your case. When amounts are recovered for you, the attorney is then paid a percentage of the amounts recovered. This is called a contingency fee. During your initial consultation, be sure to ask the attorney about the details of his or her fee structure, which should also be presented in writing. The attorney’s fee depends upon each firm, though typically ranges between 33%-40%. At Baskerville Law, we’re proud to offer high-quality legal representation at a discounted fee, and we only get paid if you get paid.
Depending on how you learned about an attorney, you should (5) take a look at professional memberships, awards, experience, and reviews. Look for reviews that are clearly from clients. You’ll want to get a good sense of how the attorney works with his or her clients. Is the attorney accessible? Is there evidence of good relationships with prior clients? Would prior clients recommend the attorney to friends and family? These are just some of the things to look out for,
(6) Be sure that you’re clear about what your next steps will be, and (7) ask who will be working on your case. Some attorney firms may have one lawyer perform the initial consultation and, afterward, the information is passed on to another attorney who will actually work on the case. At some firms, you might meet with an “intake specialist” or paralegal instead of an attorney. Make sure that you know who will be working on your case, so that you know who to contact with questions.
At Baskerville Law, you’ll always meet with our owner attorney, Rob Baskerville, and Rob will always be the attorney working on your case.
Baskerville Law LLC: Auto Accident Attorney Albuquerque NM
Baskerville Law LLC is a car accident law firm in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Our auto accident attorney is honored to help individuals who have been injured in accidents caused by the carelessness of someone else.
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