What questions should I ask before hiring a personal injury attorney?
After an accident, you may be wondering how you will move on with your life. Focusing on your own healing, paying medical bills, and taking time away from work can be daunting, but you don’t have to do it all alone. Hiring a personal injury attorney may help you get back on your feet. With so many lawyers out there, choosing one can be overwhelming. When you call for an initial consultation, ask the following five questions before making a final decision on who should handle your case.
Do you exclusively handle personal injury cases?
Many law firms in the Tampa Bay Area claim to specialize in numerous practice areas. Consider selecting a team that exclusively represents people who have been physically injured through no fault of their own in events such as car accidents, slip and falls, nursing home abuse, or taking unsafe medications. When it comes to personal injury law, both experience AND expertise matter!
How much will a personal injury attorney cost?
Many personal injury firms, like The Ruth Law Team, work on what’s called a contingency fee basis. That means you will not be required to pay any upfront costs or fees. In fact, you’ll pay nothing unless we make a financial recovery on your behalf.
Who will handle my case?
Not all attorneys can make the claim that they’re highly involved in their clients’ cases. When you call for an initial consultation, you should speak directly with an attorney—not a clerk or intake specialist. Choose a firm with a team of highly qualified attorneys who will oversee your case from start to finish, and ask who else will be involved in the process.
Will you take my case to trial if needed?
Many firms do not have trial experience and don’t see filing a lawsuit as an option, always opting to settle your case—even if it isn’t the best decision for the client. Select a law firm with extensive trial experience. You should feel confident your attorney will do what it takes to obtain the financial recovery you deserve, even if it means going to trial.
Will you come to my home or hospital?
Personal injury attorneys should understand it’s not always physically possible to get around—especially after an accident! During your initial consultation, ask if your attorney will come to your home or hospital to meet with you. Getting legal representation after sustaining an injury should be an easy and smooth process.
We know there are many personal injury attorneys in the Tampa Bay Area, and we thank you for considering The Ruth Law Team to represent you in your personal injury case. We have been practicing personal injury law for 30+ years and strive to make the process of hiring an lawyer easy as possible for our clients. To speak directly with one of our attorneys for a free case evaluation, call us toll-free at 1-888-345-5849 or fill out our online contact form.