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5 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer

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By Daniel Taylor, Esq. on January 06, 2015 10:04 AM

When you're considering an injury lawsuit, what questions should you ask a personal injury lawyer?

Any time you suffer an injury, the priority is to get medical treatment if needed. After that, you may want to meet with a personal injury attorney to discuss your legal options.

During this meeting, the lawyer will likely have a number of questions about your injury. But your lawyer shouldn't be the only one with questions. What do you need to know from your potential attorney? Here are five questions you might want to ask:

  1. Can I really sue for my injuries? Unfortunately, it's not always possible to hold another person liable for your injuries. But when an injury may have been caused or worsened because of the intentional or negligent conduct of another person or entity, a personal injury lawsuit may be possible. A personal injury lawsuit may be successful even when your own negligence was at least a partial cause of your injuries.
  2. Is it too late to sue? Depending on the type of injury you may have suffered and the laws in your state, you may have a relatively short amount of time in which to file a lawsuit following an injury. Failure to file a claim before the statute of limitations runs on an injury claim may prevent you from being able to recover for your injuries.
  3. How much is my case potentially worth? Although it may be difficult for your attorney to place an exact value on your potential recovery, at the very least, a personal injury lawyer may be able to provide you with an idea of whether a personal injury lawsuit would be potentially worth the time and expense.
  4. What is your fee arrangement? In many personal injury cases, a lawyer may agree to work on a contingency fee basis. This means the lawyer will not be paid upfront, but will instead take a percentage of any potential recovery. Be sure to discuss the details of any fee arrangement, including what expenses you may still be responsible for even in a contingency fee arrangement.
  5. Have you handled similar injury cases? Although past successes are never a guarantee of future outcomes, knowing that an attorney has successfully negotiated a settlement or brought similar cases to trial in the past may make it more likely that he or she will be able to do so in your case.

To learn more about personal injury lawsuits, head over to FindLaw's section on Accident and Injury Law.

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