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10 Questions to Ask Personal Injury Lawyer

Written by Ankin Law Office

If you have been injured in a personal injury accident, such as an auto accident, trucking accident or workplace accident, or if you have been the victim of medical malpractice, you are likely hurt, angry and confused. Victims of personal injury accidents may be able to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other types of damages in a personal injury lawsuit if another party was negligent. Employees injured in workplace accidents may be entitled to workers’ compensation even if another party was not negligent in causing the accident.

Because personal injury lawsuits fall under a complex area of law called “tort law,” it is highly recommended that you consult with a skilled Chicago personal injury attorney to discuss your legal rights and remedies. When you meet with a potential personal injury attorney, there are several questions you will want to ask him or her. Specifically, you should ask the following 10 questions:

1. What types of cases have you handled?

It is important to hire an attorney that has experience with your type of personal injury lawsuit. Because personal injury, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation involve complex legal issues, it is important to hire an attorney that focuses on these areas of the law and not an attorney that just dabbles in these areas. At Ankin Law Offices, LLC, our Chicago personal injury attorneys focus on all types of personal injury accident, particularly auto accidents, medical malpractice, and workplace accidents.

2.     Do you have trial experience?

Although parties are often able to reach a settlement, sometimes a personal injury lawsuit will require a trial and it is important to hire a personal injury attorney that is well-versed in courtroom procedures and can vigorously advocate on your behalf in from of a judge or jury.

3.     What is your success rate?

Although an attorney will not be able to predict the outcome of your specific case, he or she should be able to provide you with general information regarding their success rate for your type of case.

4.     Can I still file a lawsuit?

Personal injury lawsuits are subject to statutes of limitations, or time restrictions, on when a lawsuit may be filed. It is important to determine at the outset whether or not any statutes of limitations have passed, thus barring a possible lawsuit.

5.     What type of documentation do you need?

Personal injury lawsuits require a considerable amount of documentation in order to substantiate a claim. It is important to determine which documents and evidence should be retained, such as medical bills, medical records, and police reports.

6.     What is the average time to resolution of a case?

An attorney will not be able to give you a precise time table for the resolution of your claim, but he or she should be able to provide you with general information regarding the time it takes to resolve a case similar to yours.

7.     What will happen if I don’t win my case?

Unfortunately, not all cases are successful and you should determine up front what happens in the event that your case does not result in a favorable resolution. You will want to ask a potential attorney about whether they can handle an appeal on your behalf and how they will collect fees if there is no compensation.

8.    What are the goals in this case?

It is important that both attorney and client be on the same page so you should ask a potential attorney what his or her goals are with respect to your case. If your goals differ considerably, you may want to consider other legal counsel.

9.     What is a contingency fee?

Oftentimes personal injury attorneys will collect fees based on a percentage of any settlement or judgment that you receive in your personal injury lawsuit. You should confirm whether this is how the attorney will collect his or her fees, and what percentage contingency fee he or she will collect. You should also ask whether you will be charged for expenses such as court filing fees and copies.

10.What is the settlement value and trial range of a case like mine?

It can be helpful to know what other cases similar to yours have received through settlement or at trial in order to evaluate whether you want to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. The Chicago personal injury attorneys at Ankin Law Offices, LLC focus on handling personal injury lawsuits and make sure to keep their clients informed and to provide clients with realistic and practice expectations.

If you have been the victim of a personal injury accident, contact our office at (312) 600-0000 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled Chicago personal injury lawyers.

Categories: Personal Injury