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What Should You Ask When Hiring a Car Accident Attorney

After sustaining injuries in a car accident, it is important to find an attorney to protect your interests and work on your behalf to ensure that you receive appropriate compensation; however, not all attorneys are alike. And, although all have received extensive legal training and are held to the same standards, one attorney may have a specific set of skills that are best suited to the needs of your case. Deciding on the right attorney for your claim can appear to be an overwhelming task, but it does not need to be. Following a few simple steps can help you find the right attorney to fit your needs.

As with any legal situation, you will want to find someone who is well-versed in all aspects of car accident laws and who has a proven track record of success handling claims similar to yours. Once you have narrowed down your list, schedule an initial consultation with each attorney. These meetings are almost always offered to potential clients free of charge, and provide an opportunity for you to gain valuable knowledge about the attorney’s experience, qualifications, legal style, strategies for cases like yours, and fees.

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What are the Stages of a Personal Injury Case

A personal injury case begins as soon as a person is injured. Witnesses and other evidence of the injury are essential for establishing the case regardless whether the case develops into a lawsuit that goes all the way to trial, or whether it settles outside of court a short time after the injury. The sooner any witnesses or other evidence are located, the less likely they will be lost or forgotten.

Intake: The Initial Meeting of the Lawyer and Client

When an injured person consults with an attorney to represent him or her, the personal injury attorney typically reviews the facts explained to determine the case’s likelihood for success. The personal injury attorney calls this initial meeting of fact gathering between himself and the injured person the intake. The attorney considers many factors that will affect the case, including the time that has passed since when the injury first occurred, the evidence the client presents to him of the injury, the evidence he can expect to obtain in the future, the availability of any persons who witness what caused the injury, the ability of the person or company that caused the injury to adequately provide compensation, the costs he expects the case will incur, among several other factors. He may want to interview other witnesses or do further investigation before agreeing to accept the case. He may also consider whether the case would best be resolved through litigation or by some alternative method of resolving the dispute, such as through arbitration.

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