Frequently Asked Questions About Hiring an Attorney
When you’ve been injured, both you and the defendant may have a lot at stake. Because of this highly personal interest in the case, you probably have a lot of questions. You’ll find some of the most commonly asked questions here:
Q: When I’m choosing an attorney, does education or experience matter most?
A: Education is always an important part of an attorney’s background, so an attorney’s educational success may factor into your hiring decision. It is important that you understand every attorney is required to pass a stringent standardized licensing exam prior to receiving a license to practice law. Sometimes, you may be able to rely on the number of years an attorney has practices to determine whether they are better equipped to handle your case more effectively. Ultimately, you want to hire an attorney who has the experience to handle your claim. A law firm with a proven track record of winning personal injury cases will be able to put that experience to work for you. It is always good to ask if they attorney has handled cases similar to yours in the past and if they had a successful outcome.
Q: How much will it cost to hire an attorney and get started on the case?
A: David Boehrer Law Firm handles all personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. A contingency fee means there is no up front payment. We get paid only after we win your case. You should check with any firm you decided to hire to make sure they work on a contingent fee basis, as not all personal injury attorneys will extend this payment service.
Q: Do I have to go to court or testify in front of a jury?
A: It is always possible for a personal injury case to go to trial, although many personal injury cases never see the inside of a courtroom. We prepare each case as if it will go to trial. That means even when we believe an out of court settlement is likely, we will prepare for the possibility of a trial hearing. Should your case go to trial, it still does not mean you will have to testify in front of a jury. Should it become necessary to testify in front of a jury, your attorney will prepare you for the process well in advance.
Q: Will it take long to settle my case?
A: There is no way to know in advance how long it will take to settle your case. Your attorney may be able to provide you with an educated guess based on prior similar cases, but as no two cases are alike, it is impossible to provide you with a definitive answer.
Q: What is expected of me?
A: Your attorney will work with you gathering details regarding the accident, discussing your injuries, talking about your lifestyle before and after the accident, going over evidence, and developing case strategy. One of the most important things that only you can control is continuing to see your medical caregiver to ensure that you achieve the best possible state of health. You will also need to attend mediation meetings, court dates, and legal proceedings. Throughout your relationship you will be expected to forward pertinent correspondence about your case to your attorney and be available for questions and clarification throughout the development of your case. You, your attorney and their legal staff will work together throughout your settlement process. It is important to remember that your attorney will be most effective so long as you provide support in the form of information and communication throughout the settlement/trial process.