One of the first things that has to be done after getting into a vehicle accident is to get a free lawyer consultation from a few lawyers in your area. This is especially important if you are injured in the accident, and it was due to the neglect of someone else. In a case like this, you deserve to have your medical bills paid and to get compensation for missed work and even pain and suffering.
During your free lawyer consultation, you will want to ask lots of questions before deciding whether or not to hire a potential personal injury lawyer. Following are some important considerations that shouldn't be overlooked during the consultation:
One of the most important things to find out from a potential personal injury lawyer in Ottawa is whether they have direct experience with the type of case you are facing and if so, how much experience he or she has. After a vehicle accident, you don't want to work with a personal injury lawyer who only has experience with slip and fall cases.
You'll want to get a good feel for a lawyer's transparency before paying a retainer for their services. The following questions will help to give you some insight about the work ethics and transparency about each potential lawyer you meet with:
- What kind of outcome do you see for my case?
- What types of tactics will you use to win my case?
- What is the outcome of other cases like mine that you've worked on?
- Are you willing to work personally with me throughout my entire case?
You'll find that all it takes is a ten minute conversation to figure out whether or not a potential personal injury lawyer has your best interests at heart.
Before leaving your free lawyer consultation, make sure to inquire about the payment options that are available to you. Some lawyers are willing to defer their fees until the case is over. Some lawyers work on a contingency basis and tae their fee out of your settlement when all is said and done. Yet still others are willing to make arrangements for a payment plan.
Covering all of these topics during each free lawyer consultation you have will help you to determine which lawyer will meet your specific needs and preferences the best, and which you feel the most comfortable working with.