Recovery after a car accident caused by an irresponsible driver can be a stressful and challenging time. To ease your stress and peace of mind, it’s helpful to share questions that a lawyer can answer during a consultation. Below are some questions you may want to ask.
What do I have to pay for up-front?
Every lawyer has their own policy concerning who is responsible for out-of-pocket costs. Some lawyers ask for an up-front fee, while other lawyers only get paid if their clients win compensation, which is known as a contingency fee. Most lawyers have this policy, but it’s best to ask them about any payments you have to make prior to obtaining their services.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
Most personal injury cases typically are resolved over a span of several months. A competent and skilled lawyer will use the resources at their disposal to resolve your case as quickly as they can. Each case is different, and depending on the factors involved and complexity of your case it can take much longer. The lawyer will provide you updates throughout each stage of your case so you are informed about any progress made.
What if I contributed to the accident?
In Maryland, contributory negligence laws state that drivers who are partially at fault may be prevented from receiving compensation. If you contributed even minimally to the accident, this law may apply to you. Because of how this law is strictly applied, there is even more imperative for you to act quickly and obtain quality legal assistance from a top personal injury lawyer like one from The Law Firm of Frederick J. Brynn, P.C. They will review every aspect of your case so that the at-fault driver is held completely liable.
What if I don’t receive enough compensation?
If the amount presented in a settlement or insurance company is not enough to cover your full costs, you may need to consult with a qualified lawyer about additional procedures to recover additional money. Other options may include filing a claim against other parties or attempting to collect a percentage of a defendant’s earnings, if they have enough assets. Talk to a lawyer about which strategies are best for this scenario.
You want to be as prepared as you can before your first initial appointment with a lawyer. They are there to help you so that you have proper legal representation. Schedule an evaluation with a lawyer to learn more.