Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 at 4:11 pm
If you are injured in a car accident, you may have questions about the steps you should take to file an injury claim. Do you contact the insurance company for the other driver? Should you agree to provide a statement to the insurance adjuster? Does the insurance company pay your medical bills as they become due? Should you contact a Sacramento car accident attorney?
A Sacramento car accident attorney can answer your questions. An attorney can also help you take the necessary steps to protect your right to recover compensation for your damages. However, are there questions should you ask an attorney before you hire a car accident attorney in Sacramento?
Below are the top five questions you need to ask when you meet with an attorney to discuss your car accident claim.
5 Questions for a Sacramento Car Accident Lawyer
- How many car accident cases have you handled?
You want to hire an attorney who has experience handling car accident claims. Hiring a medical malpractice attorney to handle a car accident claim may not be the wisest decision.
- Will you be my attorney throughout the case?
Some attorneys transfer files to associate attorneys or paralegals. While it is beneficial to have an entire legal team working on your file, you want to ensure that the attorney you hire is the attorney who will oversee your case.
- Will I owe any money if I do not receive a settlement for my claim?
Most car accident attorneys accept cases on a contingency fee basis. If you do not receive money for your claim, you do not owe any attorney fees to the attorney. However, you want to also ask about upfront costs and payment of costs if you do not receive compensation for your claim. Some attorneys require clients to pay costs, regardless of the outcome of the case.
- How often do you file lawsuits and take the case to court?
Most car accident claims settle without the necessity of filing a personal injury lawsuit or going to trial. However, you want to hire an attorney who has trial experience and is comfortable going to trial in case the other party refuses to settle the claim for a fair amount.
- What is my car accident claim worth?
An experienced car accident attorney will explain that it is impossible to know the value of your case until the attorney performs a thorough investigation. The value of a claim is based on many factors, including your financial losses, the type of injury, and the severity of the injury. Fault for the car accident and the available insurance coverage may also impact the value of the claim. An attorney who quotes an amount during a consultation may be more interested in convincing you to hire his firm so he can settle your claim as quickly as possible to obtain an attorney fee than investing the necessary time to ensure you receive the maximum compensation allowable for your claim.
Call a Sacramento Car Accident Attorney for More Information
Call The Tiemann Law Firm at (916) 999-9000 to request a free consultation with a Sacramento car accident attorney to discuss your claim.