Q: What rights do I have that need to be protected and how much time do I have?
Q: Who will pay for medical treatment; physical therapy; drugs; transportation expenses; household help; lost income; property damage; and pain and suffering?
Q: What do I have to do to protect my rights to these claims? What forms and papers do I need to obtain? Where do I get these forms? Will you fill out all the forms for me? Will you help me with my claim for medical treatment? Will you help me with my property damage claim? Are there any additional charges for you to represent me for these claims?
Q: if you take my case, will you be working on my
case or will another lawyer? If it is another lawyer, is it a lawyer in your office or a different office?
Q: Will I be able to speak with you directly or do I have to speak to a paralegal when I have a question or to find out the status of my case?
Q: Are you a member of the state Trial Lawyers Association or the American
Association for Justice (formally the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)?
Q: How long have you and your law firm been practicing personal injury law?
Q: Do you practice primarily in the field of Personal Injury and accident
Q: Is my personal injury case considered be complicated or complex litigation
matter? If yes, do you handle complex litigation matters or is it better
for you to refer me to another lawyer?
Q: Is my personal injury case considered a "subspecialty" (for instance, asbestos cases)?
Do I need a different lawyer who handles this type of case?
Q: Do you have professional liability insurance? (Professional liability insurance also protects you, the accident victim, in case an error is made that damages your case.)
Q: When will I be charged? (Personal injury lawyers usually charge a contingency fee that is charged at the end of the case and only if you are successful.)
Q: How much will I be charged? (Personal injury lawyers usually charge 1/3 of the net amount recovered after expenses.)
Q: Will I be charged a legal fee if you do not recover money for me?
Q: Am I responsible for case expenses if you do not recover money for me?
Q: Are there any other alternatives to resolve my claim
besides a lawsuit? Do you ever utilize mediation and arbitration? (Mediation and arbitration are useful tools to obtain a speedy and fair result.)
Q: Have you or your law firm done any trials?
Q: (If married) Is my spouse entitled to any of my settlement or money awarded? What happens if I get divorced?
Q: (If a child is injured) Which parent will bring the claim? Is the parent entitled to any money? What happens to my child's settlement money?
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