Many people don’t think about personal injury law until they or a loved one are injured in an accident. If you have been a victim of an accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is strongly advised to contact an experienced personal injury attorney rather than handling the case on your own. A personal injury attorney can help negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance companies and the at-fault parties, call upon experts and evidence to provide an accurate estimate of damages, and get you the compensation you deserve. 

Here are some questions to ask during the process of hiring a personal injury attorney.

How do I find an experienced personal injury attorney?

If you have been injured and decide to hire an attorney, your first task is to find a lawyer to represent you and your personal injury claim. The process of finding an attorney can be daunting, but here are some guidelines that can point you in the right direction:

  •      Ask friends and family for referrals, especially if they have been represented by an attorney in their own personal injury case. If they say good things about their experience, add the attorney to your list of people with whom to schedule an initial consultation. However, it is advised not to choose an attorney based on personal recommendations alone.  
  •      Make sure the attorney practices in either the state in which you live or where the injury took place. 
  •      Seek out attorneys that have expertise with your specific kind of personal injury case. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, look for an attorney with experience in representing these claims. This information is usually available on the law firm’s website
  •      Do your research. Visit the attorney’s website and examine the content, including client reviews (both good and bad). Check to see if any of the attorneys have had disciplinary actions filed against them. Through reading and research, you should be able to gather enough information to determine if you’d like to schedule an initial consultation with them. 
  •      Finally, schedule your initial consultation. Most personal injury attorneys offer this free of charge, as they usually work on a contingency basis rather than an hourly rate. If the attorney requires a payment to discuss your case, take your business elsewhere. After the first meeting, you should have an idea if the attorney is a good fit for you and your case. 

  • What should you ask a potential attorney?

    When you attend your initial consultation with a lawyer - whether in-person or virtually - there are questions you should ask to determine if the lawyer is a good fit for you and your personal injury case as well as what is expected of the attorney should you hire them. Some of these questions include but are not limited to:

    How many years have you been in practice?
    How many personal injury cases have you handled that were similar to mine (i.e. motor vehicle accident, slip and fall)? How many were successful?
    What do you charge? Are there any expenses in addition to the attorney fees?
    How much do you think my claim is worth?
    How long will it take to resolve my claim?
    Is filing a lawsuit my only option?
    Will you handle my case or will it go to another attorney on your staff? 

    The initial consultation not only offers you an opportunity to get your questions answered, but it also provides you the opportunity to get to know the attorney and ultimately decide if you want them to represent your case. 

    What does a personal injury lawyer do?

    Hudgins Law Firm will make every effort to help you make the best decision for your legal and financial needs. We will listen to you, gather information, explain all your options, and help you pursue your chosen course of action when representing your personal injury claim. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Handling your case personally, listening to your concerns and answering your questions
  • Recording your financial losses from medical bills and lost wages
  • Accurate and timely filing of court documents, insurance claims, and other necessary paperwork
  • Gathering pieces of evidence, including interviewing witnesses of the incident as well as expert witnesses to substantiate your claim
  • Representation during negotiation with insurance companies and other negligent parties
  • Analyzing prospective settlement offers and acting in your best interests

With more than seven decades of combined practice, the attorneys at Hudgins Law Firm have learned that nothing is more important than the quality of each client relationship we build. You deserve an advocate who’s willing to fight by your side … someone who understands your hardship and who will keep fighting for the compensation you’re entitled to. 

To schedule your free consultation, call 800-950-5534 or fill out our online contact form.