Tips for Hiring a Naples Personal Injury Lawyer
No one likes to imagine that they’d find themselves in a position where they’d need to hire a personal injury lawyer. Regardless as to whether you sustained a slip-and-fall injury at a local bank branch, were injured in a no-fault car or motorcycle accident, or you’ve suffered a dog bit injury, it’s best to speak with an attorney to determine if you have a case.
If you’ve ever hired a contractor, you likely understand the importance of interviewing more than one service provider. The same holds true when it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Not only will you want to hire someone who you feel understands the circumstances of your case, you’ll want to hire someone who is knowledgeable, experienced and has a proven track record of success.
Hiring a lawyer is quite different from hiring a roofer or a contractor. As such, you’ll want to be prepared with a list of questions that will help you make the right choice.
What percentage of your cases relate to personal injury claims?
There are hundreds of lawyers in SWFL, all of whom specialize in different areas of the law. Some focus mostly on bankruptcy, while others prefer to work on divorce, custody and family law matters.
If you need to hire a personal injury lawyer, you’ll want to hire a firm that devotes its time to personal injury cases. For example, a lawyer that spends 90% of their time working on civil litigation, and 10% of their time on personal injury law, may not be the best choice.
What are your fees?
This is another important point to address. Although most personal injury attorneys work with their clients on a contingency basis, others require their clients pay up front.
The benefits of hiring an attorney who will represent you on contingency are numerous. For example, lawyers don’t take cases on contingency unless they have a high level of confidence that the case will be successful. It’s also worth noting that with this type of agreement, if your case isn’t successful, you won’t be required to pay legal fees.
When you’re interviewing lawyers, be sure to get a clear understanding of their fee structure, how they will be paid, when they’ll need to be paid, and whether you’ll be required to pay out-of-pocket costs.
Have questions? Call our office today to learn more
For more information on our law firm and/or how personal injury litigation works, call our office today at 239-649-8050 to schedule a free consultation.