Does Your Attorney Have the Legal Experience You Need?
Every attorney has legal experience, but that doesn't mean they have the experience in the practice areas associated with your type of claim. There are many attorneys and you want to choose one whose background, legal strategy, and available resources meet your needs.
Start by asking about the attorney's background. You will want to know where they went to school and where they have practiced law. You will also want to know how often they represent clients pursuing claims similar to yours.
It is also important to know what specialized training the attorney has acquired. Some cases require specialized skills and detailed knowledge to pursue. Your attorney should have a thorough understanding of the types of injuries you have and medical treatments associated with that injury.
Ask about resources. Pursuing a claim requires a team that includes legal secretaries, paralegals, medical experts, financial experts, etc. These human resources are essential and you should choose an attorney that can put together a solid team to support your case.
You will also want to discuss legal strategy and options for resolving the legal issues ahead. Discussing out-of-court settlements, arbitration, and litigation with your prospective attorney during the consultation can help you understand the best course to pursue and what outcome you can expect. Knowing the process ahead, the steps involved, and the expected duration from start to finish is invaluable information to know before filing a claim.
Towards the end of your consultation, you will most certainly want to discuss fees and payment. Most personal injury cases in Texas are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means that the attorney doesn't get paid unless you win your case. The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct govern contingency fees and your attorney should disclose their contingency fees with you during the consultation.
Finally, pay close attention to how the attorney answers your questions. An experienced attorney will communicate clearly and engage you in the conversation. The bottom line is that if you don't feel comfortable with the attorney's legal experience and answers to your questions, then you shouldn't entrust the attorney with your claim.
The team at Welmaker Injury Law invite you to contact us at (726) 666-6666 to schedule a free consultation. It is our pleasure to answer your questions and discuss the ways we will use our legal experience to pursue your claim.