Hiring a car accident attorney is a very important decision. You probably have a million questions running through your head right now. How will my car be fixed? Will I be entitled to get a rental car? Who is responsible for paying my medical bills? Will I be reimbursed for lost wages? Contact an experienced vancouver personal injury attorney if you’ve recently been in an accident.
Here are 3 tips you need to know before hiring a car accident attorney:
1. Research an attorney before hiring.
Surprisingly, few people do much research before hiring an attorney. If you want the best attorney to represent your case, you really need to take the time to do it. You need to make sure that the attorney you hire has the knowledge and experience to represent you properly. Research the attorney first by doing a Google search of their name. You can also go to AVVO.com, an expert Q&A forum where people can ask legal questions of lawyers, for free. If the attorney has claimed his profile and updated it, you can get a basic idea of their experience, as well as, viewing client reviews, peer endorsements and see an overview of their practice areas, years in each practice area and how many cases they have done in the past. The AVVO site will also state whether the attorney has been cited for a Professional Misconduct Reprimand.
2. What questions should I ask a car accident attorney?
Once you have researched a few attorneys online and viewed their website, reviews, and background, it is now time to call the attorney and set up an appointment. Most attorneys will start with a phone consultation first to discuss your case and give you some initial information about the practice and about your accident case. If the car accident attorney believes you have a case, they will schedule a “Free Consultation”. Be leery and stay clear of any attorney that charges you for the initial office consultation.
Some of the most important questions to ask are:
- What percentage of your work are car accident cases?
- How recently did you handle a car accident case?
- What experience do you have with my type of injuries?
- What results have you gotten in cases like mine?
- How long do you expect my case to take?
3. Will you personally handle my case?
Some attorneys will take on an accident case and then re-assign it to another attorney in their firm. This can be very frustrating because, more than likely, you have never met this attorney and were not given the opportunity to meet them to see if they have the knowledge and background to fully represent your case.