If you have been in an accident you will want to do everything possible to make a full recovery. This includes going to the right doctor, following a treatment plan specially designed for your specific injuries, and having competent legal representation. We understand you have choices when deciding on a personal injury attorney, but we also understand no two attorneys are the same. Making the right choice depends on the facts of your case, and on your needs. That said, there are some qualities that every attorney you consider should possess.
Three things to look for when picking a personal injury attorney to help you with your case include the following:
- Knowledge of the subject area: just like you would not go to a back doctor to treat a heart problem, you should not pick a banking attorney to handle your personal injury case. The attorney you use should have experience dealing with insurance companies, have a good grasp on the legal deadline to file your case, a working knowledge of certain medial terms, and be able to accurately explain the civil procedure to you. It is OK to ask questions, and if you do not understand the answer to ask for clarification. If you are uncomfortable with the answers, you can seek a second opinion.
- An ability to explain the fee agreement: do not agree to allow any attorney to help you that is unable or unwilling to let you know the cost of legal services up front. Most personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, which means the attorney fee comes out of any award you receive. This makes the case financially feasible for you, because you do not have any out of pocket expenses to cover the cost of litigation.
- You should feel at ease with your attorney: this is different for every person, but if you are hesitant to reveal necessary information about your case to your attorney, you should find an attorney that makes you feel comfortable.
You also need to find out if there is a chance that your insurance company will want to be repaid for any of the expenses already covered, and if so how that will impact your case. During the course of an initial consultation with an attorney, you will be able to tell if meaningful dialogue is possible, and this will put you in a position to make a choice about who is best positioned to help you. Contact us today to make an appointment.
If you have been in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.