Before hiring a truck accident lawyer, you should ask about their legal background, how they will handle your claim, and the legal fees and costs you’re expected to pay. You can ask these questions during your first free consultation with the law firm.
An important decision after a truck accident is whether to hire a lawyer. The right truck accident lawyer for your needs could help you recover the compensation you’re eligible to receive. Before hiring any lawyer, though, you should schedule a meeting to ask questions about your claim and their previous experience handling similar cases.
Meeting with a Truck Accident Lawyer
For victims, the results of truck accidents can be a difficult time for them and their families. The accident can result in life-threatening injuries or even death. Together with emotional and physical trauma, you may spend thousands of dollars on medical care, property damage, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, and other losses.
For the lawyer to set up a strong case against the insurance company to ensure you receive fair compensation for your damages, here are some questions you can ask during your initial consultation:
What’s Your Payment Plan?
Before hiring your truck accident lawyer, it’s essential to understand how much they’ll charge for your case. Some lawyers will craft a contract to increase the fee as the case progresses. The increase may be up to 50%. Having this information beforehand will help you decide whether to hire a lawyer.
Some lawyers also handle truck accident cases on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you’ll make no payments before you win the claim. The retainer agreement will show the percentage of the compensation or court verdict for the legal fees and costs.
You may also ask the lawyer these questions to understand more about the payment plan:
- Will I be expected to pay any legal fees or costs if my claim is denied?
- Are there any extra costs or expenses added during the case?
Have You Handled Similar Cases Like Mine in the Past?
A lawyer must have the necessary experience to handle a case of your nature. That’s why it’s crucial to determine if they have represented similar clients in the past. They will know what is needed to win the case and the steps the defendant is likely to take to challenge your claim.
The questions you can ask a lawyer relating to their experience include:
- How many truck accident claims have you handled?
- What was your success record handling those cases?
- How many personal injury cases have you settled out-of-court?
- What is the similarity between my case and previous ones?
- Which professional legal organization have you registered with as a member?
Will You Handle My Case?
It’s essential to ask the lawyer if they’re ready to handle your case. The market is full of broker lawyers, who, once hired, give the case to another lawyer and share the fee. Therefore, it’s critical to know the person handling your case.
If the lawyer confirms they’ll be handling your case, you can ask them more questions like:
- Who will I be working with most of the time?
- How involved will I be in the decision-making process of my case?
- How often will you call to update me about the case?
- Which is the best way to get in touch, and how long will it take you to respond?
- Will my case go to trial, or are we likely to settle?
Will You Work with Other Professionals When the Need Arises?
Your lawyer may need to consult other professionals depending on the nature of your claim. You may need to work with experts on scene reconstruction, economists, and medical doctors to help build a solid case. Your truck accident lawyer should inform you of the experts consulted for your case.
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Preparing for Your First Free Consultation
Before your first meeting with a truck accident lawyer, do a little homework. Having a list of questions ready will help you get to know your lawyer and the possibility of working together. Take notes on the lawyer’s answers, or you can request to record the conversation for future reference.
Ensure you carry all documents related to your accident claim to the consultation, including the police report, medical records, pictures, trucking company and truck driver information, and witness statements. Finally, remember you have the power to decide the lawyer you want to hire. Hire a law firm you can relate with comfortably and that treats you with the respect and the care you deserve.
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers for Responsive Legal Guidance
The best way to get all your queries answered is by asking. At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, we offer a free first consultation that you can use to get all your questions answered. Contact us to get your free consultation and access to responsive legal guidance.