If you find yourself in need of a personal injury lawyer, you are likely anxious, overwhelmed, and reeling from an accident. Hiring a personal injury lawyer is a big decision. This is someone you will be working very closely with and someone who will get the recovery you need. You may go with the first attorney you speak to. They may even come highly recommended from a trusted friend or family member. Still, when interviewing a personal injury attorney, try to get a feel for that attorney and if he or she will be the best fit for you. While interviewing, there are specific questions to ask a personal injury lawyer. These questions are designed to help you get to know the attorney, as well as their experience and how they handle clients. Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Lawyer 1. How are your fees calculated? Most personal injury lawyers take their cases on contingency. However, the details and the amount of contingency can be different between firms. Some firms don’t ask their clients to pay any costs. They take costs out of the recovery. On the other hand, some firms ask clients to pay for costs as they happen and then take just their legal fees out of any recovery. You’ll want to know which type of agreement you are getting into before you sign with your lawyer. This is one of the most important questions to ask a personal injury lawyer. 2. Who is responsible for out-of-pocket costs if I lose my case? Related to the question above, you’ll also want to ask your attorney which party is responsible for costs if you lose your case. You may think that you are entering a contingency agreement where you aren’t required to pay anything if you lose, but the fine print of the document you signed with your attorney might say something else. Choose a firm that does not seek expenses from you if they lose the case. 3. What percentage of your caseload is devoted to personal injury cases? You’ll want to know if your personal injury attorney has experience with your specific type of case. If you are already interviewing the attorney, chances are they have a lot of personal injury experience. However, if you’ve been referred to a family friend or local general practice attorney, they may not have the experience you need for maximizing your recovery from your personal injury case. This fact can mean the difference in getting a high or low settlement. 4. Will you be the only attorney handling my case? Sometimes, law firms introduce you to the most experienced and successful partner to get you to sign with their firm. But then, that partner will disappear, and you will be stuck dealing with an associate and not the person you intended to hire. Before you decide to hire the lawyer and firm, ask which attorney will be handling your case, or if there will be more than one. 5. What is your success rate for trial? Has the attorney you are interviewing ever gone to trial? In many practice areas, litigation is common, but leading representation at trial is not. In case you do go all the way to trial, you’ll want to make sure your attorney has experience in that area. This is a crucial question to ask your personal injury lawyer. 6. Will I be able to communicate with you as needed? Just like it is essential to know whether one attorney or multiple will be dealing with your case, you’ll also want to know if you will be able to get in touch with your attorney when you need them. You may barely get a chance to speak with your attorney after you hire them. Make sure this won’t be the case by asking questions before the representation relationship is set. 7. Do you have an idea for the timeline of the case? Timelines of personal injury cases are variable. Still, an experienced personal injury lawyer will have some idea of how long the case might take. They will factor in the type of case, how much they think it’s worth, who the defendant is, and other common themes among cases they’ve had before. 8. What happens if you don’t agree with my take on a settlement offer? There may come a time that your attorney thinks you should take a settlement offer, but you don’t. Conversely, you may wish to accept an offer that your attorney doesn’t think is good enough. You should ask any potential attorney what would happen in this case. Although all attorneys are supposed to respect your wishes, it’s still a good idea to understand your attorney’s view of the situation before it occurs. 9. What do you think my case is worth? A highly experienced personal injury attorney should have a pretty good idea of what your case is worth. They won’t give you an exact number, and in fact, they shouldn’t be able to do so. However, they should give you a ballpark estimate, and explain to you how they came to that number, as well as what factors they think might impact settlement offers. 10. Would it be possible for me to speak to any of your former clients? You are always welcome to ask an attorney to speak to former clients. Most attorneys understand how significant a decision it is to hire a personal injury lawyer, and will be more than happy to let you speak to former clients. If they don’t want you to talk to previous clients, this may be a red flag. You may think of additional questions to ask a personal injury lawyer when you are interviewing them. Before you hire an attorney, you should feel comfortable that they will represent you zealously and be available to you as needed. Contact Pritchard Injury Firm If you need to hire a personal injury attorney, contact Pritchard Injury Firm. We know what a critical decision you are...Read More
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If you are the victim of a motorcycle accident in Georgia, you may be wondering about your compensation options. Usually, neither side wants to go to trial in these types of cases. The defendant does not want to spend the time or money on a full trial and risk a significant loss. You, as the victim, may wish to get compensation to cover your injuries and expenses as soon as possible. A motorcycle accident settlement is the best way to do so. Here, we’ll discuss what factors impact the average motorcycle settlement. It’s always important to have an experienced attorney on your side, so if you have any questions about the value of your motorcycle accident claim, contact Pritchard Injury Firm. Is There an Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement in Georgia? Although it may be tempting to look for an average motorcycle accident settlement amount to figure out what your case may be worth, the truth is, there is no average. Each motorcycle accident is unique. Not only that, the injured parties in these types of cases all have unique life circumstances and injuries that they must deal with. Because of this, there are no average motorcycle accident settlements. That said, the best way to get an idea of the value of your case is to contact an experienced motorcycle accident attorney. A lawyer who has handled these types of cases before will be able to talk with you about your unique circumstances and help assess what your case may be worth. Certain factors may impact your motorcycle accident settlement, including the types of injuries you may have experienced. Injuries Motorcycle Accident Settlements May Cover If you are hurt in a motorcycle accident, you may be facing several types of injuries. The injuries that come from motorcycle accidents are often severe because of the direct contact with other vehicles and the open road. Motorcyclists may be more likely to be seriously injured than drivers of automobiles. If you were in a motorcycle accident, you might be experiencing: Brain and head injuries, Broken bones, Nerve damage, Spinal injuries, Road rash, Burns, Facial injuries, Disfigurement, Limb amputations, or Paralysis. Generally, the more serious your injuries, the higher your motorcycle accident compensation amount will be. Besides physical injuries, you may also be suffering from emotional trauma, such as pain, suffering, and mental anguish. There are additional factors that may impact the value of your case. Factors That May Impact Your Motorcycle Accident Settlement Each motorcycle accident case is unique. Therefore, each motorcycle accident is going to depend on specific facts and circumstances. However, there are certain factors that may impact your motorcycle accident settlement. Your case may proceed all the way to a trial, or it may settle. You may be negotiating with the insurance company, rather than the other driver or drivers. Even if you are negotiating with other individuals, their attorneys will use the same benchmarks to value the case as a court or an insurance company would. The goal of motorcycle accident compensation amounts is to put you in the position you would have been if the accident had not occurred. In practice, this is almost impossible to do, because you’ve suffered serious physical injuries and mental distress. But, to value a motorcycle accident settlement, both the financial and non-financial losses you experienced can be quantified or estimated. For economic expenses, you can usually receive damages to cover what you’ve already had to spend or what you may be reasonably expected to spend in the future. For example, economic damages may cover you for: Medical bills, Future expected medical bills, Lost wages, Lost ability to earn, or Property damage. Non-economic expenses are those that may not be quantified as easily, but are equally important. These may include: Pain and suffering, Emotional distress, Loss of companionship, or Loss of consortium. An average motorcycle accident settlement will also depend on which party was at fault. The parties will need to show evidence to bolster their claims. If you have evidence that you weren’t at fault, this may entice the other party to offer more to avoid going to court. Contact Pritchard Injury Firm If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, contact Pritchard Injury Firm. We know what a difficult time this is. We’re happy to offer free consultations to talk about your case, as well as answer any questions you may have about what your case is worth.Read More
If you suffer injuries from an accident, you should hire a personal injury lawyer to fight for your compensation. However, not every personal injury attorney will take your case. In fact, some attorneys may decide to turn your case down. There are many reasons why a personal injury lawyer may turn down your particular case. Here are some of the most common factors personal injury lawyers consider when reviewing a potential case or lawsuit. 1. Your Injuries Are Not Serious Enough Personal injury lawyers gauge the expected return of a case based on the seriousness of the injury. Ultimately, the most important factor in building a case is the injury. If you sustain a minor injury, a personal injury lawyer might decline the case. They might also pass on your claim if they believe that bringing your case to court won’t get you enough money for your effort. 2. The Statute of Limitations Expired Every state has a different statute of limitations for personal injury claims. If the statute of limitations expires, in the majority of cases, state law bars you from making a case. For example, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Georgia expires two years from the date of the injury. Even if it doesn’t seem fair to victims, the statute of limitations requires lawsuits to proceed soon after an accident. This is because witnesses and medical exams are likely to be more accurate and persuasive. The statute of limitations prevents victims from filing lawsuits several years after an accident for this reason. The earlier you seek out a personal injury attorney for your personal injury lawsuit, the better. Ready to speak to an attorney? Fill Out the Form With the Details of Your Case 3. Difficulty Establishing Liable Parties Even if you believe that you deserve a certain amount of compensation, the viability of your case depends on who is at fault. Personal injury lawyers evaluate who is responsible for an accident before they take a case. If the other party is not responsible for the accident, a personal injury lawyer may deny the case. Also, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault, in the State of Georgia, you will be denied compensation based on Georgia’s modified comparative fault approach. 4. The Case is Too Financially Risky If the risk of pursuing a case is not worth the reward, a personal injury lawyer may deny your case. Since many personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, they do not get paid unless they win a client’s case. A personal injury lawyer working on a contingency fee basis will not get paid if they lose your case. Thus, most personal injury lawyers only take cases that they think they can win. 5. You Have an Unrealistic Value For Your Claim Although sustaining injuries is frustrating, expecting an unreasonable settlement might hurt your case. Unfortunately much of the media you are exposed to may tend to misinform you about the realistic value of your case. TV commercials and radio ads may have placed an inaccurate expectation of what your personal injury claim is worth. A personal injury lawyer may work hard to get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Yet, they also set realistic expectations. Trying to sue for inflated amounts makes it difficult for a personal injury lawyer to settle your case. Instead, most attorneys give you recommendations on how to calculate damages for your case. 6. Other Lawyers Rejected the Case It is essential to find the right attorney for your personal injury case. However, if previous personal injury lawyers rejected your case, lawyers see this as a red flag. They usually perceive that there is a problem with your case if previous lawyers denied it. 7. The Defendant Has Limited Resources Personal injury lawyers may reject your case if the person at fault for your injuries does not have enough money to pay the claim. While insurance sometimes covers the damages the victim sustains, some defendants do not have insurance coverage to pay them. If a defendant is unlikely to pay a judgment on a case, a personal injury lawyer may deny it because they are less likely to get paid. Contact Us to Discuss Your Case With an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer If you sustain injuries from an accident, you will likely need legal assistance. At Pritchard Injury Firm, we help accident victims get the best compensation possible for their injuries. We represent cases ranging from car accidents to slip and falls. While you recover, we fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Give our personal injury lawyer Zach Pritchard a call at 470-420-4200 or contact us online for a free consultation.Read More