Hiring a lawyer often results in more compensation for your personal injury claim. However, you want to hire the right lawyer for your case. You need one with experience in cases like yours, who has a track record of success and can manage every step of the process. You need a lawyer with the resources to investigate and build a strong case.
The Weatherford personal injury lawyers from Anderson & Cummings can explain how we can assist you with your claim in a no cost, no-obligation consultation. Our goal is to pursue the maximum compensation available for your damages and we do not get paid unless you do.
What Can an Attorney do for You?
The lawyer you choose can have a significant effect on the outcome of your claim, so it is important to make this decision carefully. Your personal injury lawyer should have extensive knowledge about personal injury law and be able to answer your questions about the legal process.
Your lawyer should also explain what you must prove to recover compensation after a car accident, slip and fall, defective product injury or any other type of personal injury accident.
If you have a viable claim, your personal injury lawyer can handle communication with the insurance company and take steps to protect the value of your claim. For example, he or she will likely recommend that you do not give a recorded statement without his or her guidance to help protect your claim.
It is important to remember that the insurance company does not have your best interests in mind. The goal of the insurance company is to resolve your claim for as little money as possible, while your lawyer’s goal should be to try to obtain as much compensation as possible.
Your lawyer can explain when a settlement offer provides adequate compensation to cover your damages or he or she may negotiate for a higher amount.
Your lawyer can help gather evidence to try to prove the other party is at fault and to substantiate your damages. He or she may do the following to build a strong claim in your favor:
- Review accident or police reports
- Analyze your medical records
- Talk to witnesses who saw your accident
- Hire expert witnesses, if necessary
- Calculate your total damages
Tips on Selecting an Attorney
Consider the following when searching for a qualified personal injury lawyer to represent you.
There are several ways to research lawyers. For example, you can ask for referrals from other people you might know or others who were hurt in a similar accident. You can also go online and look at client reviews and case results from attorneys to help you find the attorney you think would be best for your claim.
Ask the Attorney About Your Case
It is important that you look for a lawyer who is experienced with your type of case. When interviewing potential lawyers, ask about their experience with your type of case and the legal issues specific to it.
Discuss Compensation for You and the Attorney
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that if there is no award, there is no fee. If you receive compensation, your lawyer receives a certain percentage of your award. Different lawyers charge different percentages. However, some attorneys may charge an hourly rate for certain tasks, so it is important that you do not assume a contingency fee structure is in effect.
Be sure that you have a good understanding of how and when you will be charged for your lawyer’s services. Ask for this information to be included in a written retainer agreement to avoid any misunderstandings.
Need Some Help?
If you have a valid claim, our attorneys are prepared to help you pursue it. We provide a free consultation to meet with you, explain your rights and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.
Call us at (817) 920-9000 to schedule a free review of your claim or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form.