IMPORTANT QUESTIONS TO ASK A SACRAMENTO PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 2:16 am
Have you been injured in a truck accident? Did a distracted driver cut you off and cause you to crash your motorcycle? Were you injured by a reckless driver while you were crossing the street? Did you slip and fall while on another person’s property? If so, you need a Sacramento personal injury attorney who has the experience, skills, and resources necessary to protect your legal right to recover compensation for your injuries.
When you are searching for a Sacramento personal injury lawyer, make sure you ask these three key questions:
Is there a deadline for me to take legal action for my personal injury claim?
This is one of the most important questions to ask a Sacramento personal injury attorney. The California statute of limitations restricts the time a person has to file a personal injury lawsuit. Statutes of limitations vary by state and by cause of action. In most personal injury cases, the California statute of limitations requires that you file a lawsuit within two years from the date of injury. Because there are exceptions to the statute of limitations, it is always important to consult with a personal injury attorney regardless of whether you think the time to file a lawsuit has expired. Do not delay — contact our office to discuss your claim with an attorney. It takes time to build a strong case; therefore, you want to call our office as soon as possible to schedule your free consultation.
How much is your fee?
Some attorneys require you to pay a retainer fee up front because they charge you by the hour. If this is the case, you need to continue looking for an attorney to represent you. Our Sacramento personal injury lawyers understand that money is tight. You are probably out of work and you are facing substantial costs because of the accident and your injuries. Our attorneys accept most cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we do not expect to be paid until we secure a settlement on your behalf. At that time, you pay an agreed-upon percentage of your settlement as our attorney fees.
Do you have trial experience?
While most personal injury claims settle out of court, some cases require the filing of a lawsuit. Even after a lawsuit is filed, we can still settle the case prior to a trial. However, your case may go all the way to a jury trial. If that happens, you want to ensure the Sacramento, Carmichael personal injury attorney you hire has the trial experience required to handle your case. Trying a case in a courtroom before a jury is much different from negotiating a settlement with an insurance company. The attorney you choose needs to be a skilled trial attorney in addition to being a savvy negotiator.
Have You Been Injured in an Accident?
Regardless of whether you are injured in a traffic accident, bicycle crash, pedestrian accident, slip and fall, or other personal injury, it is in your best interest to seek legal advice from an experienced Sacramento personal injury attorney. To learn more about California personal injury law, call the Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 or chat with a representative on our website to schedule a free case evaluation.