Hiring an Anderson personal injury attorney is not something someone typically thinks about until the situation requires it. After an accident, a South Carolina personal injury attorney can advocate for your interests in filing a lawsuit or negotiating with your insurance company. When you meet with a lawyer, think of it as your opportunity to interview them. You can make the most of your consultation by being prepared with a list of questions. Here are some common questions to ask:
An Anderson personal injury lawyer is not paid by the hour, and instead, receives a percentage of the amount recovered. This is called a contingency fee, and may be called “no fees unless we win.” In your consultation, ask what your potential law firm’s prices are and how additional costs are handled. Be cautious of any attorney that advertises they will process your case cheaply.
A strong record of success in personal injury cases will indicate that your attorney is capable of recovering maximum compensation for your claim. Although each case will have unique aspects, your lawyer should have an idea of what kind of payment you may be entitled to based on who was responsible, the extent of your injuries, and the available insurance.
Your lawyer should have a general understanding of the local courthouse and legal system and how long the major car insurance cases typically take to settle claims. Ask for specific examples of past cases from sign-up to resolution.
Not all “trial attorneys” actually try cases. Some attorneys settle car accident cases quickly, cheaply and for less than they are worth. Your lawyer should have the knowledge and experience to take your case to trial.
In your consultation, your attorney can explain how your case will be handled, and who will be your primary contacts for updates. This could be legal assistants, paralegals, associate attorneys, or your lawyer directly.
If and when an accident occurs, call the team at KMD Lawyers for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will answer all of your questions and provide an honest, experience-based opinion of your case.
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.