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5 Questions to Always Ask Your Attorney During an Accident Claim

March 5, 2018

If you’ve been involved in a car wreck or auto accident in Texas that wasn’t your fault, then you may be seeking compensation for damages caused by the other party, whether for medical bills or lost wages. However, as you begin working through the process, you will quickly find that working with a lawyer will make these efforts go much more smoothly. Having an experienced lawyer on your side will allow you to focus on your physical recovery if you’ve suffered injuries and will be someone who you can count on to explain your rights to compensation in Texas, how to prove fault, prove damages, and much more.

While you may think that any lawyer would be sufficient for this task, that simply is not the case. This is why it is important that when you meet with a lawyer about your car wreck, that you ask questions in order to ensure that they are the best fit for the job and for you. These are the top 5 questions to always ask your attorney during an accident claim.

Do you have experience in car accident law?

Not all lawyers focus on car accident law. Due to the large and complex body of law, many lawyers focus on specific areas, much like doctors. You wouldn’t go to a dermatologist to perform open heart surgery, nor should you use a lawyer who specializes in writing wills for your car accident.

How many cases like mine have you handled in the past?

Some lawyers may occasionally take on car accident cases, but it does not represent the bulk of their legal work, whereas other lawyers may specialize entirely in the complexity of car wreck cases. Be sure to ask what percentage of their work is within this field, as well as asking about whether they have handled similar cases to yours, whether that means accidents involving out-of-state drivers, a driver with no insurance, an accident involving serious injuries, or so forth.

Have you taken a car accident case to court?

Not every car accident claim ends with an out-of-court settlement. Sometimes, a claim will end up going to court, which is why it is crucial that your lawyer also has litigation experience and a long history of success in the courtroom.

What are my chances of success?

While it is impossible to know the exact outcome of a case, an experienced lawyer will be able to provide an educated guess based on the nature of your case and the many variables that determine success. A good lawyer will be upfront with you about what to expect and if they make promises that sound too good to be true, then that should be a red flag.

How do you charge and how much do you charge?

Before hiring a lawyer to handle your case, you should be sure to clarify how they plan to charge going forward. In most cases, a car accident lawyer will work on a contingency fee, which means that they only get paid if your case is successful and you receive compensation. This arrangement is beneficial to both parties in that the accident victim does not pay anything out of pocket to retain the services of a lawyer and the lawyer has the motivation to secure the highest compensation possible.

No one wants to have to hire a lawyer following a car wreck, but the fact is that it may be the only way to receive the compensation you need and deserve if you’ve been impacted by the negligence of another driver. Our team at Fears Nachawati has helped thousands of Texans following their auto accident, and we offer a free, no-obligation legal consultation to discuss the details of your case and what an attorney can do for you.

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