Auto accident injury attorneys are an important resource if you’ve been injured in a car accident and need money to pay for damage, medical bills, lost wages or other expenses. Ultimately, hiring one will greatly increase your odds of getting the compensation you need and deserve. But calling auto injury attorneys should never be your first step. Here are some things to consider before you enter into any agreement with a lawyer:
- Specialization Matters
Though there aren’t extra certificates or degrees that designate auto accident injury attorneys from other types of personal injury lawyers, finding a lawyer who concentrates on the particular area of law that applies to your case is important. The law is far too vast for any one lawyer to understand all the details of every aspect, and you shouldn’t listen to anyone who says that he or she does.
- Lawsuits Aren’t Always Necessary
Often, a lawyer can help you reach an agreement with the relevant insurance companies without ever filing a lawsuit. And even if a suit is necessary, almost no personal injury cases (2% to 4%) ever go to trial.
- Fees Aren’t the Same as Expenses
Lawyers’ fees (which in personal injury cases are often paid after you receive your settlement) generally don’t include expenses, which are incurred whenever a lawyer contracts someone else to work on your case. A lawyer will probably pay these for you as the case progresses, but bill you for them in the end. Let your lawyer know what your concerns are and make sure the process is transparent so you don’t get blindsided.
- Settlements Take Time
It can be tempting to go with an attorney who promises you fast cash, especially if you have medical bills to pay. But the legal system takes time, and you should beware anyone who doesn’t inform you of the realistic timeline of such cases.
- Guarantees Are a Warning Sign
Finally, know that there are no guarantees when it comes to legal matters. If you consult with an attorney who promises to win your case, you should immediately move on to a lawyer who will give you an honest assessment of your situation.
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