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 todayIf 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 & Lina, 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.