After you’ve been in a car accident in Dallas or the surrounding area, you may be dealing with injuries, stress, and confusion about your legal options. Fortunately, you can speak to an attorney at no cost. Here are a few crucial questions to ask the lawyers you are considering hiring during your free, no-obligation consultation.
1. How often do you handle car accident cases?
You want to find a lawyer or firm that has experience in personal injury cases and regularly handles car accident cases on a regular basis. This ensures that your lawyer will have the expertise to competently handle your case and can deal with any unique issues that come up in your case.
2. How often do you take cases to trial?
You don’t want a lawyer who takes every case to court. It can take two or more years to bring a case to trial. Being able to negotiate an early resolution with the insurance company is invaluable. Negotiating settlements makes the legal process much quicker, and can often result in a larger amount of compensation. But while settlements are often better, your lawyer shouldn’t be afraid to take your case to court.
It’s important to find an attorney that has been to trial and has a winning track record. Taking a case to court is a skill that must be learned by experience. Your lawyer and/or their team should have a fair amount of experience in the courtroom to better your odds of winning the compensation you deserve.
3. How closely will we be working together?
There is no wrong answer to this question. It depends in part on how involved you want to be in the case. Some attorneys will make sure you are kept informed regarding any small development in the case, such as certain paperwork being filed. Others will only keep you updated if something major happens, like a settlement being offered or a court date being set.
The ideal attorney will let you choose how involved you want to be. But many lawyers simply have different personalities when it comes to these matters. You should ask any potential attorney to be honest about how involved he or she wants you to be and how involved clients usually are, and pick the lawyer that will best match your personality.
4. How much will my case cost, and how long will it take?
The majority of personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. This means they don’t charge anything upfront, but instead take their payment from the settlement or judgment you’re awarded. They may also advance payments for your case expenses, which you pay back from your settlement. In a contingency-fee case, you are generally not obligated to pay anything except for court costs unless you receive money from a settlement or a judgment.
How long your case will take has essentially the same answer as to how much your case is worth: it depends. Every case is unique and has its own set of circumstances. Your case may be clear-cut and could take only a few weeks to resolve (especially if you settle out of court). Other cases may take months or even years. Your attorney should be able to give you a general timeframe, but understand it can change as the case develops.
Speak to a Dallas Car Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been involved in a car accident in the Dallas area, reach out to the attorneys at Heygood, Orr & Pearson today. Our legal team has decades of trial experience successfully representing car wreck victims. We work on a contingency basis; if we don’t win your case, we don’t get paid!
Give us a call at (877) 446-9001 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced Dallas car accident attorney today.