Personal injury cases are some of the most difficult cases to handle by yourself. Hiring the right personal injury lawyer for your case is key in order to ensure that your case is handled properly and for the maximum payout. Different personal injury attorneys specialize in different fields of personal injury claims. Here’s where you can find exactly what you need to know when searching for a personal injury lawyer.
What am I supposed to look for in a personal injury lawyer?
When searching for an experienced personal injury attorney, one needs to first find out what the attorney’s firm specializes in. Are they solely a personal injury firm? Or is it a large firm, that works on several areas of law? Firms that tend to not specialize in one area are typically not the attorneys you want to go out to. For example, Jim was injured in a motorcycle accident. It would be in Jim’s best interest to find a lawyer that specializes in motorcycle accidents and not automobile accidents. The more cases a lawyer has won in a field, the stronger they will be, and you could feel more confident in having your case handled by them.
To start looking for the right personal injury attorney, start by checking google. Search for personal injury attorneys there, or on the California State Bar website. Here you’ll be able to search an attorney’s name and see what field of law they practice and specialize in. You could ask family and friends if they have any recommendations for attorneys, or if you’d like to keep your case to yourself, lawyer directories are an option. Using one of these directories, you could input your city/state and what kind of attorney you are looking for.
How can a personal injury attorney help me?
Personal injury cases are some of the most complex claims. Laws are constantly changing, and many people don’t know what exactly they’re supposed to say to their insurance company. With the help of an experienced personal injury lawyer, they would be the one speaking to insurance companies, as well as explain to you your rights. A good PI attorney would explain to their client what their local and state laws are, whether or not they have a viable claim, what kind of evidence is needed, and much more. A common question after an accident is, “Am I at fault?” Speaking with an attorney and allowing them to gather all the evidence of the claim would allow the client to know whether or not they were at fault.
How much does a personal injury attorney charge?
Different attorneys charge different amounts, as well as structure their payments in different ways. Some attorneys charge retainer fees, some charge flat fees, while most attorneys charge hourly. Retainer fees are down payment given to the attorney and would be used to pay off any fees. Clients should be wary of flat fee attorneys, as many flat fee attorneys will not want to work for more than what they have been paid for. For example, Jon has a motor accident and goes to Ken’s personal injury law firm. Ken charges $10,000; since Ken believes it’s somewhat of a complex case. After a few months, Ken realizes that Jon’s case is much more difficult and requires much more time. Jon would then need to pay more money to his attorney to have them continue fighting. If you choose to go with a flat fee attorney, however, it’s important to make sure what is included in the flat fee. Court fees are usually never included in the cost, nor are any trial costs included. Ensure what the attorney would be covering is written down and agreed upon by both parties. Hourly attorneys are the most common types of attorneys. The client will be billed per hour for the amount of time worked on the case, as well as the time when meeting each other. Some hourly attorneys do not charge when a client calls and asks a few questions, but some attorneys do. Be sure to ask your attorney what you will be charged for and what you won’t be charged for.
How much can I receive from a personal injury settlement?
After discussing the case with your attorney, they would advise you on the general amount you could receive. Each case is different, so the amount of compensation would be different. For example, a person who has suffered minor injuries such as a small cut or bruise would not receive the same amount of compensation who has broken a leg in an accident. The general type of compensation included in personal injury claims includes wage loss, emotional distress, lost work hours, compensation, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
Q: What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims?
A: The state of California grants the victim 2 years after the date of the injury to be able to file a claim.
Q: Does California have a cap on personal injury compensation?
A: No, California does not place restrictions on pain and suffering and several other damages.
Q: How long does it take to settle a personal injury claim?
A: This answer is dependent entirely on the circumstances of the case. Some cases are clear-cut and do not require a lot of legwork, while some cases are very complex and could take years to be settled. Very rarely do cases go to trial, but instead settled out of court.
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If you or a loved one has been involved in an auto accident or is searching for a personal injury lawyer, we invite you to contact us at Pride Legal for legal counseling or any further questions. To protect your rights, hire someone who understands them.