Everything You Need to Know About Hiring an Auto Accident Attorney
Last year, there were over 55,000 car accidents in Michigan that caused injuries.
If you’ve been involved in an accident where you’ve experienced property damage or injuries, then you need to speak with an accident attorney. They can help you assess the situation and pursue compensation for your loss.
Here’s what you need to know.
Know When to Hire an Attorney
Knowing when you need to hire an attorney is half of the battle.
There are certain situations when an attorney can best handle seeking compensation for your injuries:
- You’re partially or permanently disabled
- You have lost wages
- Your injuries are chronic or severe
- Your insurance doesn’t completely cover your injuries
Ambulance Chasers Are Bad News
It’s not ethical to do this type of behavior.
If a lawyer is approaching you at the scene of your accident, you need to be wary of them.
This is not the type of lawyer you want to hire.
The Initial Consultation Should Be Free
Some lawyers will charge for the consultation, but the vast majority of lawyers out there don’t.
If you’re on a budget, it may be smart to look for the attorneys who don’t charge for the initial meeting.
The consultation is when you’ll decide if you want to work with the attorney and if the attorney wants to take you on as a client. You should meet with a few lawyers before deciding on one.
Look for Experience
Most lawyers will limit their area of practice to a particular kind of law.
This allows them to hone their knowledge and skills. As such, look for attorneys who have experience litigating accident claims.
You can also narrow down your options to those attorneys who have experience with accidents and injuries that are similar to yours. This will give them a unique perspective on your case.
Understand the Fees
A reputable lawyer will have no problem explaining their fee schedule upfront.
Make sure you understand how the lawyer determines your fee and what is included.
Many personal injury lawyers work based on a contingency fee. With this type of arrangement, you don’t need to pay money upfront. When you win your case, a portion of your award money goes to the attorney.
There are limits on how much the lawyer can charge in this type of agreement. Anything over one-third isn’t ethical. You can look for an attorney with the best rate, but keep in mind that price isn’t everything.
You should look for the best attorney that’s within a budget you can afford.
Hire an Accident Attorney
If you’re injured in an accident, then it can be smart to speak with an accident attorney.
They can help you assess your damages and seek compensation to make you whole.
Arrange a consultation with a few attorneys. Look for the ideal combination of experience and budget.
Contact our office today and let one of our attorneys discuss your case and possible actions you can take to seek recovery.