If you sustained serious injuries in a Florida car accident, a lawyer can help you recover compensation for your damages. However, before you decide on a law firm to handle your case, it is important for you to be sure you are making the right choice. Start by asking these critical questions:
Do I Have a Valid Florida Car Accident Injury Claim?
Before you spend the time and energy filing a car accident injury claim, you need to know if your case has merit.
The attorney must tell you honestly if they believe you have a valid case, and whether you have a reasonable expectation of collecting a settlement for your injuries. You can also ask what type of documentation you will need to produce, to allow your lawyer to build a strong car accident injury claim.
What Is the Approximate Value of My Car Accident Claim?
Although no car accident attorney can give you a specific dollar value of your claim, your attorney must give you a basic idea of what they will include in your claim.
In most cases, you should be able to include all costs you have to date concerning: medical and care costs, lost wages, and out-of-pocket expenses. Future costs for the following should also be added: lost wages, loss of earning potential, and pain and suffering.
Although not every case includes all of these items, it will be important for you to understand what potential damages you have for your claim.
Will My Case Have to Go to Court, or Will We Settle?
If you can settle your claim with the at-fault party’s insurance company, it is generally favorable for everyone involved.
Settling before filing a lawsuit for your injury accident accomplishes two important objectives: it gets money in your hand much sooner than a lawsuit and it saves you money on legal fees.
And, because the at-fault driver’s insurance company understands the importance of saving on legal fees whenever possible, they will usually try to come to an equitable settlement before you feel compelled to file a lawsuit.
Although no lawyer has the ability to see the future, you should ask the lawyer whether your case seems strong enough to settle out of court.
Will I Have to Pay Any Legal Fees Up Front?
If you have just been through a serious car accident, you have many things on your mind – and probably a stack of bills piling up. This is especially true if you cannot return to work because of your injuries.
Some car accident lawyers will represent clients for no money up front. Some will even agree to collect their fees only if you settle your claim. That means you will have no out-of-pocket expenses for legal fees.
When you have more important goals to focus on – like getting the medical treatment you need and recovering from your injuries – not having to worry about paying legal fees can leave you free to focus on healing.
Who Will Handle My Car Accident Injury Case?
In some law firms, the partners and senior associates may take the first client meeting, and then allow your case to be worked on by a lower level associate.
That approach provides a perfectly acceptable level of service in most cases, as long as you know what to expect. However, if you believe the lawyer you meet will be the one handling your claim, it can shake your confidence in getting a good settlement if you learn later that he will not be handling the case.
Ask who will be available to answer your questions as they come up and who will handle negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company.
Do not hesitate to ask how often you will receive updates on your case. You need an attorney who is proactive and eager to keep you updated on your case.
Why Should I Choose You as My Car Accident Lawyer?
The right answer to this question depends on your priorities.
Do you prefer a car accident lawyer who will endeavor to get you a quick settlement, or do you want one who is willing to stick with it as long as it takes – even if that means going to court? Do you want to work with a large, high-powered and resource-rich firm, or do you prefer the personal attention that comes from a smaller firm?
You can have all of these advantages and more when you work with the Law Firm of Anidjar & Levine. Contact us at 800-747-3733 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a Florida car accident lawyer.