You were injured in a car accident that was someone’s fault. You have sustained injuries and believe that you should be compensated for your losses and suffering. Your immediate step, right after getting medical help, should be about calling an attorney. The right Idaho car accident attorney can make a big difference to your claim, and they can take things to trial, if the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement. That said, how do you compare different law firms and attorneys. We recommend asking some of the questions listed below.
- What percentage of your practice is dedicated to car accident claims?
Personal injury law covers a bunch of incidents, including medical malpractice and slip & fall injuries. You need an attorney who knows what it takes to handle car accident claims. Ask them if they deal with such claims and lawsuits on a regular basis. To know a lawyer better, you can ask for references too.
- Will you personally work on my case?
Many law firms have a bunch of lawyers working for them. Make sure that the same lawyer who has evaluated your claim and case is the one working for you. There is no point of paying for an experienced attorney when a junior associate is handling everything.
- Will you work on a contingency basis?
For car accident claims and lawsuits, lawyers often work on a contingency basis. This is an arrangement, where the lawyer gets paid if they win a settlement for the client. However, a lot depends on the circumstances of the accident. In most cases, you don’t have to pay the attorney upfront.
- How much should I expect in compensation?
Not all car accident claims have big settlements, and sometimes, the whole effort may not be worth the expected compensation. Ensure that your lawyer gives a fair idea of the final amount you may get from the insurance company.
- What factors are in and against our favor?
In Idaho, if you have a role in a car accident, you will get reduced compensation depending on the share of blame. This makes Idaho a “modified comparative negligence” state. If your share of fault is more than 50%, you may not recover anything at all. Ask your lawyer about factors that may impact your compensation.
Finally, if you are working with a new lawyer, check if the law firm has good reviews online from other clients.