While most advertisements regarding personal injuries often tell people to “contact an attorney now,” this leaves open what questions should be asked. Because many people involved in an accident are contacting an attorney for the first time, there is usually some hesitation and anxiety in reaching out to one. In order to help alleviate this situation, below is a list of conversation-starters to ask a personal injury attorney if you are hurt in Nevada.
- How much will this cost me if you take my case?
This is a more than reasonable question – what to expect to pay. Depending on the accident and the likelihood of a victory, most personal injury lawyers will take on a case on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay legal fees and costs until monetary compensation is successfully obtained.
- Is it worth continuing with my personal injury claim?
Even if a Nevada attorney or law firm determines the claim has merit, you should ask the value of a potential legal victory and also discuss the amount of time needed in getting this result.
- How much and what kind of experience do you have with these types of cases?
Although it could feel uncomfortable, ask the attorney what experience he or she has in the type of case you are trying to win. A lawyer who has little-to-no experience will put you at a disadvantage.
- What will happen if we lose the case?
This is particularly important to ask if the law firm or attorney is taking your case on a contingency fee basis. Everyone will have some level of concern — even your attorneys — that there is a risk of losing even if there is a high likelihood of success.
- Can I speak with some of your past clients or references?
Just like employers regularly ask for references of job candidates during the application phase, it is perfectly reasonable to ask to discuss the experience others have had with the law firm you are thinking of choosing. This can help you better understand what you can expect from them.
- In the event of a lawsuit, what do I need to do?
All plaintiffs have some level of involvement in a lawsuit. While many of the details will be dealt with by the legal professionals who specialized in the area of law, expect to play an active role in your case in order to be successful.
- What is the typical time frame for my type of case?
Different time frames can be expected from different types of civil lawsuits. The length of the lawsuit depends upon the complexity of the case as well as the information relied upon and the applicable law. A law firm that specializes in this area of law can give you a regularly accurate estimate.
The questions above are just some basic ones that you can go through when interviewing law firms for your personal injury case.
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