So you’ve been injured...now what? You might look into a Denver personal injury attorney
, and if that’s the case there are some things you should keep an eye out for, be aware of, etc. We are here to help you navigate these tricky waters, and end up with the attorney that will fight tirelessly for you and your rights.
What Should You Look For?
Let’s start with what you should look for. There are so many personal injury attorneys out there...it can get overwhelming. But there are a few key things you should look for, and we promise you you won’t regret it.
A Focused Practice
You attorney should have a focused practice in personal injury. Why? Some law firms and even attorneys try to do it all, and while some can make that work not all of them can. You want someone who is experienced in personal injury, particularly one who is familiar with Denver laws and work with them day in...and day out. An attorney with a focused practice on personal injury will do just that.
You’d be surprised by the number of attorneys who don’t have any trial experience, and this could put you at a big disadvantage. What if your defendant (the person you are planning to sue), doesn’t settle? What if it DOES have to go to court? If your personal injury attorney has no experience, not only will they be overwhelmed but they might not know how to navigate a courtroom with expertise. It’s extremely important that you find an attorney with trial experience...just in case.
Does the attorney have a positive reputation? Not just in “wins,” but also in personality? If you have an attorney who has a history of winning, but it extraordinarily difficult to work with that might not fit with your goals and what you are hoping for. Make sure you do your research ahead of time, and that means more than just their website. What you should consider is looking into referrals and additional means of recommendations. Don’t just rely on Google or the firm’s website...do some digging and see what you can find.
Whew, this one is an intimidating one. One of the things you should certainly consider is cost. Most attorneys will allow for a free consultation, where they will listen and address different aspects of your case. After an initial consultation, most attorneys will request a contingency fee. In other words, you don’t pay anything upfront and instead pay when your case is settled.
What Should You Ask?
Now that you know what you should look for...there are a few things you should ask when “interviewing” or speaking with potential attorneys. We can promise you while it might seem awkward at first, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
You’ve done the research, but now it’s time to ask the attorney what their experience is with your type of case. Do they align with the research you’ve done? Or does it vary greatly? If it varies greatly… you might want to consider the fact they could be bluffing. Also, listen to how they talk about their wins, loses, and experiences - that can tell you a lot about what type of lawyer they are.
You should always ask the attorney what they think about your case outlook. Do they think you will win? Are they confident in your prospects? If they are confident, you should also ask how much they think you can win - monetary-wise. Chances are you won’t get an exact number but they might be able to get you a range. If they do get you an exact number, take it with a grain of salt. It’s not going to be feasible for them to uphold that type of promise to you.
Logistics and Cost
Finally, always ask about the logistics of the case. Who will work on the case, who will handle the day-to-day operations, will someone argue the case in trial if it comes to that? Also, ask what the costs are associated with the case. Do they work on a contingency fee? If you win, how much will they take?
Questions are always awkward to ask...but it can certainly benefit you in the long run. You’ll need to be careful when choosing a personal injury attorney and it’s going to be important to get an attorney that works for you and your needs.
Mark A. Simon is someone who will fight tirelessly for your rights and ensure that you receive the highest possible settlement for each individual case. He will begin the investigation process immediately, ensuring you receive the best representation possible. When it comes to a personal injury attorney, you shouldn’t sacrifice quality for convenience and opt for the first person you find. Select an attorney who will get you the outcome you desire and the settlement you need. If you are in the Denver metro area and require legal help or assistance, contact him at 303-321-4878 to discuss your legal options during a free consultation.