If you have suffered an auto accident, you may be wondering whether or
not you have the right to recover financially from the person who caused
your accident. However, most people who consider filing a legal claim
do not know where to begin, especially if they have never had experience
with the legal system before. The first step to finding out your legal
rights is choosing the personal injury attorney who is right for you and
your situation. Not all attorneys are the same, though, and you should
carefully consider this decision. The following are some questions you
may want to ask before choosing a lawyer.
Has the attorney handled cases similar to yours?
Auto accident cases can involve complex legal issues, investigations, traffic
laws, certain types of evidence, and more. It is only natural to want
to have an attorney on your side who has experience handling cases like
yours so the process goes as smoothly as possible.
Does the attorney have personal injury trial experience?
Even though most personal injury cases settle out of court, some parties
cannot come to an agreement that is favorable for the injured party in settlement negotiations. Some
attorneys may try to push a client to accept a settlement offer that is
too low simply to avoid the time and energy involved at trial. You always
want to make sure that your lawyer will be willing to head into the courtroom
if trial is truly the best thing for you in your case.
Does the attorney have the necessary resources to handle your case?
Litigation can be extremely expensive. In many cases, there are significant
costs associated in preparing a case for trial, including the procurement
of certain types of evidence and preparing that evidence for submission.
In addition, in many car accident cases, it may be necessary to use one or more
expert witnesses to establish certain facts critical to the success of your case. These
witnesses are professionals who often charge as much as $1,500 an hour
or more. As a result, the out-of-pocket expenses associated with taking
a case to trial can easily rise into the tens of thousands of dollars.
It is important to make sure that the attorney that you choose has sufficient
financial and clerical resources to successfully litigate your case. In
addition, even if your case does not go to trial, you are more likely
to receive the settlement you deserve if you are able to demonstrate to
the other side that you would have a strong case if you went to trial.
Contact a committed Atlanta personal injury lawyer for help today
If you have been injured in any type of traffic-related accident, it is
imperative that you carefully choose an attorney who you believe will
truly work for your best interests and who will stand up for your rights
to recover from start to finish. At the Atlanta firm of Goldstein &
Hayes, we are dedicated to helping our clients as much as possible and
providing individual attention to them. Please call us at (888) 425-6070
for a free consultation today.