There are 5 Important questions to ask your personal injury lawyer before retaining him/her to represent you in your personal injury case.
First, you should inquire what type of personal injury claims the attorney primarily handles. Personal injury cases can run the gamut – auto accidents, slip and falls, defective products, medical malpractice claims, dog bite injuries, etc. And, each type of personal injury case has different laws and legal procedures that may apply. Therefore, it is a good idea to ask any prospective attorney what his/her area of expertise is in order to gauge his/her knowledge of your potential case.
Once you have described the type of case you have, you should inquire what types of claims are available to you. Depending on your case facts and the applicable laws, personal injury cases may involve claims for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of earning capacity, and/or loss of consortium.
Third on our list of the 5 important questions to ask your Milwaukee WI personal injury lawyer pertains to the medical evidence that typically forms the foundation of any personal injury claim. Acquiring medical evidence for personal injury claims involves frequent communication with medical providers and health insurers regarding medical records, medical bills, and expert reports. Your prospective attorney should have a good working relationship with medical providers and also be familiar with the ins and outs of how medical billing works to ensure that your personal injury case moves forward efficiently and effectively through the legal process.
It may not seem like an important question at first, but understanding how your prospective attorney’s firm handles attorney-client communication may prove crucial to a good working relationship. It is helpful that your prospective attorney and his/her support staff are accessible and available for fielding and answering any and all of your questions and concerns throughout the duration of your personal injury case.
Most important on our list of the 5 important questions to ask your personal injury lawyer is regarding attorney fees and costs. Make sure that your prospective attorney describes in detail how his/her contingent fee works and how any costs of prosecution are recovered. You should fully understand upfront how your attorney gets paid.
Keep in mind these 5 important questions to ask your personal injury lawyer during any initial consultation with a prospective attorney.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from Hickey & Turim, S.C. for their insight into important questions to ask your personal injury lawyer.
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