Five Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
When a person sustains a serious injury as a result of someone else’s act of negligence, the next steps can oftentimes be complex. There are a number of things that a victim will have to do in the aftermath of the accident, such as reporting the incident, seeking medical attention, gathering information, and speaking with any witnesses to the accident. One important thing to consider, though, is the personal injury lawyer chosen to represent the victim. Before just hiring an attorney, however, it is important for the victim to ask specific questions to make sure the representation is the right choice for them.
Here are five questions to ask a potential legal counsel:
What Kind of Experience Do You Have?
Because experience also means knowledge regarding the subject, there are a number of benefits to hiring someone who has handled many different cases than only a few. It is a good idea to make sure that the attorney you choose has a distinct focus on personal injury law. Some other firms may practice personal injury here and there but have a focus on another area of law, such as criminal defense. Having an attorney with a strict personal injury practice means that they may have handled many similar cases before and know what it takes to prepare a strong case.
Do You Have Significant Results?
Personal injury law is about helping the victims of a negligence-related incident seek justice and compensation from the responsible party. When the victim has already gone through financial, emotional, and physical hardships, the focus of the personal injury lawyer is holding the at-fault party liable and winning monetary compensation. When someone hires an attorney, they want to know that he or she has been successful in recovering compensation for past clients. An attorney without a successful track record may not have the skill to maximize your compensation or represent you in the most effective way.
Would You Be Prepared to Go to Trial?
A number of personal injury cases can be handled during the negotiation process where a settlement is offered to the victim. However, some cases are best resolved through litigation. Injury victims need someone who has been in this situation before and who is not afraid of the courtroom. Even if the case isn’t taken to court, just having an attorney on their side who is capable of going that route can be enough to compel the at-fault party to offer an equitable settlement.
How Much Is It Going to Cost Me?
With the potential of lost income and medical bills piling up, many injury victims don’t consider hiring an attorney because they worry about how much the legal fees will be. Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is a personal injury firm that works on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victim only pays if the attorney is successful in recovering compensation. Even then, the attorney fees will come out as a percentage of the total compensation, meaning that there are no out-of-pocket costs for the victim.
What Does It Mean to Be Board Certified?
In Texas, certain lawyers pass the rigorous testing and criteria to become board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. This accomplishment allows these attorneys to call themselves experts in their field due to recognition by their peers. Our firm has three attorneys who have earned this recognition—Tommy Fibich is a Board Certified Civil Trial Law Specialist, while Russell Briggs and Jay Henderson are Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Law Specialists. This puts them in the top 10% of practicing lawyers in the state.
Contact Us Today
Anytime someone sustains an injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, the victim has the right to pursue legal action to hold the negligent party accountable. Our legal team is here to help you every step of the way. Our Houston personal injury attorneys have the skill, experience, and knowledge to represent a client through this difficult time.
Call us today to discuss your potential case.