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Car accidents are jarring and terrible experiences for everyone involved; after all, no one expects or plans to be in one. When one happens to you, confusion will likely fill the days after the accident, especially concerning your next steps. You may be looking for an attorney to help you during this difficult time; if you are, you will want to hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury claims.
Zinda Law Group attorneys understand that it can be difficult to discern what kind of personal injury lawyer will be the best fit for you. Our guide of what to look for in a car accident attorney will help you make this important decision. If you have questions after reading it and you have been injured in a car accident, call (800) 863-5312 today for a free consultation with one of our highly skilled personal injury attorneys.
Qualities of a good car accident ATTORNEY
When looking for a good car accident lawyer, there are certain qualities you will want to look out for. Knowing where to start looking for a lawyer can be a difficult process in itself. A good place to start looking for a lawyer in your part of the country is on the websites for local and state bar associations. For example, in Fort Worth, Texas, you can find lawyers through the local Tarrant County and Texas state bar associations. There are other community resources for finding lawyers too; Tarrant County has referral programs that may help you find a lawyer in Fort Worth, or you can ask friends, family, or coworkers for recommendations.
Once you have a consultation set up with a lawyer, you should ask them questions about their experience and fees. Their answers will help you gauge whether they will be a good fit for you to work with. If you are trying to decide between two or more lawyers, the best choice would be a lawyer who possesses the characteristics and qualities listed below.
Experience Handling Car Accident Cases
It is important to work with an attorney who has experience working on car accident cases; an experienced car accident attorney will be able to help you secure the compensation you deserve from other drivers involved in the accident and insurance companies. You should ask the attorney you consult with about the types of cases they have handled in the past. It is best to work with an attorney who has handled a variety of auto accident cases.
A History of Success
Working with a car accident attorney who has a track record of getting just compensation for their clients will put your mind at ease when deciding to work with a particular attorney. Be sure to investigate the attorney and their firm before hiring them. Typically, a firm will have information on their website concerning their rates of success with cases as well as client testimonials.
Resources to Handle Your Case
You want a lawyer who will be able to focus on your case; avoid lawyers who are juggling many cases without a team to work with, for this prevents them from focusing enough time on your case and your needs. A lawyer working in a large personal injury firm will likely have the resources and a team to help handle your case. With the assistance of their team, the lawyer will be able to focus his or her time on you and your needs as you pursue the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Excellent Communication Skills
An effective personal injury attorney will be able to communicate effectively with you regarding the specifics of the legal system and the insurance claim process. These areas can be highly technical and complicated, and you will want to work with an attorney who can explain everything you need to know clearly and succinctly. A great attorney will keep you informed about the progress of your case and will be able to answer any questions that you have.
Develops Relationships with Clients
It is important to establish a working relationship with the attorney you consult with; you need to know whether the attorney you consult with will be the one who is working on your case. You do not want to feel as though your case is being “passed around” to other attorneys at the firm. If the attorney consulting with you is not the attorney who will work on your case, ask to speak to the actual attorney who will be handling the work.
You want to work with an auto accident attorney who genuinely cares about you and your case. They should be empathetic to what you are going through and show compassion when you tell them the specifics of your experience. They should make it clear to you that your case is important regardless of the extent of your injuries or damage to your property.
Gives Clear Guidance for Next Steps
You may be unsure of what you should do after being involved in an accident; a good auto accident lawyer will guide you through what happens next. First, the lawyer should tell you how to protect yourself; they will tell you to seek medical attention and obtain documentation regarding your injuries. They will also advise you not to use insurance company-recommended doctors when seeking medical attention.
An experienced lawyer will advise you on how to collect other evidence. They should inform you that you should take pictures of the damage to your car and your injuries if you still can. The attorney will tell you how you can obtain the police report of the accident and remind you to keep all of this necessary documentation in one place.
A lawyer who has handled many cases will tell you that you should not give a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company; this is because this statement will likely be used against you by the insurance company so they can avoid paying any money for your claim. The company will be looking for discrepancies between the recorded statement and past and future statements you may make. A good attorney will advise you on how to respond to requests from insurance adjusters who will be asking you to give a statement.
Discusses Your Goals
An attorney will work hard to help you achieve the results you want from the situation. They will listen to you when you tell them what you want to receive from your claim. A good attorney, however, will be realistic about what you can achieve in your case; they will balance your goals, precedents set by similar cases, and the reality of the situation to get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to.
Legal Fees and Agreements
There are many reasons why a person would want to speak with a few attorneys before choosing which one to work with; understandably, an important concern for most people looking for a lawyer is the cost. It is best not to choose an attorney based on cost; the cheapest attorney you find may not be the best for you, but the more expensive attorney may not be the best fit either. Whichever way you decide, it is important to discuss costs once you have chosen an auto accident lawyer to represent you.
There are costs and fees associated with pursuing your case that you and your lawyer should go over together. The lawyer you choose should be upfront with you about these costs and walk you through the fee agreement. There are a few types of payment structures used by lawyers, including contingency fees, flat fees, and hourly rates.
Under a flat fee agreement, you will make a one-time payment upfront when you hire the lawyer; the lawyer will keep the payment regardless of the outcome of your case. These types of fees are usually used in cases that are straightforward and routine. It is unlikely you will see this type of fee used in a personal injury case.
Hourly fees are exactly what they seem: a lawyer will charge a set amount per hour for the work they do on your case. Though this fee arrangement is most used by lawyers, it is less common in personal injury cases. It is unlikely you will find this type of fee arrangement when searching for a car accident lawyer.
A contingency fee agreement bases a lawyer’s compensation on the amount a client recovers in a case; this is the type of fee arrangement you are most likely to encounter in a personal injury case. Typically, if the lawyer is successful in pursuing your claim, the lawyer will receive 30 to 40 percent of the settlement or awarded damages on your claim. If your claim is unsuccessful, the lawyer does not get anything; depending on the terms of the agreement, however, you may still be responsible for court filing costs or fees associated with gathering evidence.
Once you come to an agreement with the lawyer about the fee arrangement and costs, the next step is to set up a contract. You should get this agreement in writing and be sure that it covers all of the contingencies associated with accepting your case.
How zinda law group can help
The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group possess all the qualities of a good car accident attorney that your lawyer will need to be sure that you will receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to for your claim. We have the experience, success record, and resources you want in a lawyer. In addition to car accident cases, our attorneys have handled truck accident cases, wrongful death suits, and many more types of personal injury cases.
Our personal injury attorneys will fight tirelessly to win your case, and we will support you every step of the way. If we do not win your case, you will not pay any fees. That is our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.
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