What is your contingency agreement and fee?
Most Personal Injury Attorney’s work on a contingency basis, meaning that they are only paid from a percentage of the funds recovered. This should encourage your attorney to maximize your recovery, because if they do not collect anything, they receive nothing. You should not have to pay anything out of pocket. The attorney will advance all costs such as records request and copying fees. The average contingency fee is 33%, and ranges from 25% – 40 % and a higher percentage if the case goes to trial.
How many personal injury cases have you handled before?
Ask the attorney how many personal injury cases they have settled. Also ask about past settlement awards. This will give you an idea of the experience level of that attorney.
Do you have time to take on my case?
Be careful who you choose. Some big name law firms spend millions on advertising and are flooded with clients. You do not end up dealing with an actual attorney and it can take months to be able to get a reply. Choose an attorney that does not have hundreds of clients at one time and can focus on your case.
How long should my case take?
If the case goes to trial, your case could take 2-3 years. If your attorney is able to negotiate a reasonable settlement with the adverse insurance company, you should be done within a couple months after ending your treatment from your injuries.