Why do I need a lawyer?
When you or someone you know suffers from an injury due to somebody else’s action, it often seems that the person would offer to compensate you for your injury, or that their insurance company will do the right thing and offer a fair settlement. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Many people will not take responsibility for their actions, and insurance companies profit from under compensating accident victims.
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to build your case, how to negotiate your case with an insurance company, and, if necessary, how to take your case to trial. While it is possible to negotiate your claim with an insurance company yourself, insurance companies will typically do everything they can to give you the lowest possible settlement.
A lawyer is in a good position to help you obtain a favorable settlement. Even with the attorney fee deducted, that settlement significantly exceeds what you can obtain on your own.
Where do I find a personal injury attorney?
With today’s technology, the most readily available source of finding an accident attorney is on the internet. Simply do a search for Atlanta Accident Lawyer and see how many hundreds of results pop up! How would you begin to choose one??? Lawyers depend on referrals for the majority of their business so be sure to check with your family, friends, colleagues, and even lawyers you’ve used in the past for referrals. If you know someone that has had a good experience with an attorney, that is a great place to start. Don’t be tempted by those firms with catchy sayings on the tv or radio. When it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer, many of the best personal injury attorneys do little or no advertising. They get their cases through “referrals” from other attorneys, due to their reputations for doing good work and getting good results.
Schedule Your Consultation
Once you’ve selected an attorney, you’ll want to schedule a consultation. When you meet with a personal injury attorney for the first time, be prepared to present all related documentation, such as the official police report and any correspondence with your insurance company.
In addition to discussing the details of your particular case, asking the following general questions will help you to determine if a lawyer is right for you:
What are your areas of specialization?
Have you handled cases like mine before?
Will you be the only attorney who works on the case? If not, who else will work on it?
How long will it take for this case to be resolved?
Will you take my case on a contingent fee basis?
Are there things I should do to improve my case, or to help you?
How will you keep me informed about the progress of my case?
If I contact your office with questions, how long will you take to return my call?
If you are unavailable or on vacation, who can I speak to about my case?
How often do you go to trial?
If I am not happy with a settlement offer and you want to settle, will you go to court anyway?
If I am happy with the offer but you think we can win more at trial, will you follow my wishes?
Have you ever been disciplined by an ethics committee, or been suspended from the practice of law? If so, why?
Are there any additional fees or potential expenses I should be made aware of?
What should I avoid?
You probably do not want to be represented by an attorney who typically represents insurance companies, but rather by an attorney with proven experience representing injured parties. Also, you do not want to be represented by a lawyer who refuses to honor your wishes. You are the client, and you are hiring the attorney for their service. You want to ensure that your expectations are being met throughout the entire process.
The Angell Law Firm has proven to be a successful personal injury firm. Our attorneys strive to get you the settlement that you deserve. If you are in need of an Atlanta Area lawyer, contact our office today to schedule your FREE consultation. We want to work for you. Get an Angell on your side! 770-217-4954