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If you've been in an accident, and you need to hire an attorney, make sure you the the one that will work best for you. You may have many friends and family who have advice about the attorney you should hire. However, at the end of the day, you're the one who will be working with the attorney you choose. That means you need to make sure that you're going to be comfortable, and satisfied, with your choice. If you're not sure how to choose an attorney to represent you, here are three steps you should take to narrow down the field.
Ask About Experience
When it comes to hiring a personal injury attorney, experience should play a big role in the ultimate decision. This is particularly true if you're dealing with a difficult case, such as medical malpractice, wrongful death, or defamation of character. You want to ensure that you hire an attorney who has experience representing clients facing these types of cases, but also that has a strong track record for settling these types of cases.
Identify the Members of the Team
If you hire an attorney who's in practice for themselves, and doesn't have any associate lawyers on the payroll, your legal team will probably be small; perhaps just the attorney and their paralegal. However, if you hire an attorney from a large practice, your legal team may include the attorney, an associate, the paralegal, and possibly an investigator. When you hire your attorney, it's important that you identify your legal team; all those people who will be working on your case. This will ensure that you know who may be contacting you regarding the case, and you're comfortable discussing the case with them.
Understand the Fee Structure
When you hire an attorney, you're paying for their services, as well as the services of anyone who works on the case. Most personal injury attorneys work off a contingency basis, meaning they won't get paid until your case is settled. However, you'll still continue to build up legal fees throughout the case. Be sure that you understand the fee structure, including how much you'll be charged for phone calls, text messages, and office visits. It's also important to understand what will happen if your settlement isn't big enough to cover all the expenses, or will leave you with a very small settlement for yourself. Your attorney may be able to negotiate with your medical providers – if there are any – to lower their fees, and help you keep a bigger portion of your settlement.
Contact a law firm, like Bellotti Law Group, P.C., for more help.