Here at Robert J. DeBry, we recognize that attorneys can be a little intimidating sometimes and that’s why we want to help you feel more comfortable when speaking to a lawyer. One way to break the ice, while finding out everything you need to know about your case, is by asking your personal injury lawyer questions. Here are a few vital questions that you should always ask your potential lawyer.
1. What Are Your Fees?
Often times, personal injury lawyers work based on a contingency fee, meaning that they don’t get paid unless you get paid. Generally, your lawyer will take a percentage of the award, usually ranging between 25 and 40 percent. Always be sure to ask your lawyer what their fee is.
2. Am I Responsible for Any Case-Related Fees If I Lose?
In addition to contingency fees, some lawyers will charge clients for any case-related costs they advance. Make sure to ask your potential lawyer who is responsible for these costs in case you lose your lawsuit.
3. Have You Worked on Similar Cases Before?
Even though your potential lawyer has experience in personal injury law, it is still important that you ask them if they have worked on cases that are particularly similar to yours. If you’ve been injured by a slip-and-fall accident, for example, you’ll want to work with a personal injury lawyer who has dealt with that type of case before.
4. How Long Does It Typically Take to Resolve a Case Like Mine?
It’s always a good idea to ask your potential lawyer approximately how long it will take to resolve your case. Although this number is based on a number of factors, your personal injury lawyer should be able to give you a rough estimate so that you know what to expect.
5. What Is My Case Worth?
Your potential lawyer should have a good idea of how much your case is worth or at least be able to give you a range. Based on discovery, liability and any pre-existing medical conditions, your lawyer should have an idea of how much your case is worth and be able to explain how of these things affect your case’s worth.
6. What Will My Participation in the Case Look Like?
Finally, ask any potential lawyer what your participation in the case will look like. Teamwork is an important aspect of any lawsuit and you should understand what your role is before hiring an attorney.
Here at Robert J. DeBry, we want to make sure that you feel comfortable speaking with your personal injury lawyer and that you trust them to handle your case. Whether you live in Salt Lake City or Ogden, we have a personal injury lawyer that is ready to take on your case and answer any and all of your questions. Contact us today.