We have previously discussed three things to look for in a personal injury lawyer, but it’s time to go more in depth by covering important questions that you should ask before signing a contract. Keep these questions on hand because it’s important to contact an injury lawyer as quickly as possible. You will have many questions regarding your ability to receive compensation for medical bills, and you will need to know how to respond if another person involved in the incident that caused your injury tries to contact you.
An experienced Calgary injury lawyer will make handling these issues easier, and these five questions will help you quickly identify the best lawyer for your case.
1. Do other lawyers regularly refer clients to you?
This may seem like an odd question to ask, but professionals in most fields regularly refer their clients to one another. If you’re dealing with a trustworthy injury lawyer, then they probably receive their fair share of referrals from other lawyers. They are also likely to return the favor to lawyers whom they trust if they consult with a client they cannot help personally.
2. How many cases similar to mine have you handled successfully?
There are many different types of personal injury cases, and some lawyers have limited experience with some varieties. For instance, the way a chronic pain case is handled may differ significantly from a case involving psychological trauma. You want to partner with an injury lawyer with experience in the injuries that are currently impacting your life.
3. How much jury trial experience do you have?
Don’t assume that every Calgary injury lawyer is in court trying personal injury cases regularly. Many do more settlements than trials, and you want an experienced trial lawyer on your side if your case isn’t settled to your satisfaction outside of court.
4. What fees do you charge, and when are they due?
In most cases, a personal injury lawyer will work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay anything unless a settlement is received, and then the attorney fees are taken out of the settlement before it is released to you. This is convenient because you won’t have to pay fees out of pocket, but you still need to know what percentage of your settlement the injury lawyer will take once you do receive that payout.
5. What resources do you have available to properly handle my case?
Personal injury cases often require more than showing up in court and entering a plea. You will need to prove your case, and that includes proving the extent of your injuries and how they have interfered with your daily life and/or your ability to work. You need an attorney with the staff, professional connections and other resources to effectively prove your case and maximize damages received.
Now that you’re armed with these questions, it’s time to find the right Calgary injury lawyer for your case.
If you need help collecting compensation for an injury you’ve suffered be sure to contact Edwards Injury Law. Edwards Injury Law has successfully fought for the injured for over 25 years. Move forward with dedicated help from a personal injury lawyer, contact us today if you or someone you know has been in an accident or injured.