If you have been involved in a car accident, you are probably overwhelmed by the thought of what steps you should take next to ensure that your case works out in your favor. This is where a car accident attorney can help. By hiring a reputable car accident attorney to represent you, you can ensure that all of the necessary steps are taken to fight for your compensations. This will also enable you to put your mind at ease by making sure that all your questions are answered. If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys will offer you quality legal representation.
Upon retaining an attorney to represent your case, it is crucial to make sure that you address some essential questions with your attorney to ensure that you are in agreement with how your case will proceed. Understanding the legal system with regard to your accident can help make the process much less stressful for both you and your attorney.
The first and probably most important question to ask your attorney is how their retainer fee works. In other words, how they will get paid for their services. Most car accident victims are hesitant when hiring an attorney after a car accident because they want to sue, but don’t want to incur outrageous legal fees in the event they don’t win the case. Many attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that they only get paid if they win your case. Attorneys who charge a contingency fee, usually get a percentage of the money you win from the case, sometimes around thirty percent. It is important to make sure you establish how your attorney will get paid before you retain them, to prevent any problems or surprises.
Another important question to ask your attorney, is whether or not you actually have a case that will hold weight. In order to recover any damages from your case, you must be able to prove that the other driver acted irresponsibly by violating a driver’s degree of care, leading to your accident. You must also be able to prove that you suffered damages as a result of the accident. It is important to provide your attorney with as much information and evidence from the accident as possible. They will then be able to look through the information you’ve provided to determine whether or not you have a strong enough case to recover your damages.
You’ll also want to ask your attorney the difference between settling and suing, as well as which situation is right for your case. The majority of these types of cases settle outside of court. This means that your attorney is able to reach an agreement with the defendant or defendant’s insurance company. They will offer you a lump sum of money in exchange for you waiving the lawsuit. If you should decide not to settle, your case will go to a court trial to determine how much of the accident the defendant is liable for, and in essence, how much you will be able to recover in damages.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys of Finkelstein and Partners, LLP today. Our team of personal injury professionals have the knowledge and experience to offer you quality legal representation while fighting for your compensation. Call us today at (800) 529-2676. You may also email us at [email protected]