Being injured in a Daytona Beach car accident can be an overwhelming experience. You will be left with a lot of questions to answer and wondering where to turn. One of the most important considerations you will need to make is how to go about selecting a car accident attorney.
Three Basic Steps
There are three basic steps to hiring a personal injury attorney. They include:
- Gathering the names and numbers of qualified car accident attorneys in your area
- Scheduling an initial consultation to review the merits of your injury case
- Selecting the right attorney who can handle your unique case
Ask about Their Experience
The last thing you want is to hire a lawyer who is inexperienced. Not only do you want to ask about their background and know how many years they have been practicing law, you want to ensure they have experience in handling your type of injury case. Your goal is to hire the right attorney for your unique legal needs.
Ask about Fees
There are many pay systems attorneys use to charge clients. You want to make sure you clearly understand the financial requirements and estimated costs that you will be charged. You will want to know:
- If the attorney charges a contingency fee or hourly rate
- If you will have to pay or what you will pay if your case does not settle
- If you will have to pay a retainer fee
- If there are any additional costs involved in your case
If Your Case Goes to Trial
Unfortunately, not all accident injury cases settle. You have to keep in mind that your case may go to trial. You need to make sure that your attorney is comfortable with taking a case to trial and if that attorney has trial experience. Ask about previous case outcomes that they have taken to trial.
Philosophy and Style
Understanding your attorney’s approach to a case is critical. Ask them about their personal philosophy to approaching a car accident case. Make sure you are comfortable with their style. Keep in mind that you will be working with that attorney for a long period of time.
Many attorneys have very little time to keep their clients updated on the progress of their case. You will want to know who will be handling your case and who will be communicating with you throughout the duration of the case. Also, find out how often and what methods they will use to keep you updated.
The Value of your Case
Though no attorney can give you an exact value of your case, they should be able to give you a broad range. They should be able to explain the different variables that will affect your case’s value. Don’t allow attorneys who make unrealistic promises fool you.
Making that Final Decision
Selecting the right attorney will likely be the most important decision you will make. Selecting the wrong attorney can cost you thousands of dollars and jeopardize your medical treatment. That is why you should call one of our experienced Daytona Beach car accident attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (386) 673-4412 or (800) 556-8890.
Our team is dedicated to providing you with the service and respect your deserve. We will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.