Frequently Asked Questions
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- What are important questions to ask a personal injury lawyer during an initial consultation?
Can you please explain the time frame involved in a case like this? How does the contingency work? And with whom at the firm will I be dealing?
- What is considered a personal injury?
A better question is: When can a person pursue a personal injury case? And the answer is: When someone, through no fault of their own, sustains a physical injury due to someone else’s negligent action.
- How do I know if I have a good personal injury claim?
Only a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney can answer that question. So many factors play into whether or not a personal injury claim is “good” that it’s impossible to answer accurately without knowing the particulars of a case. But in general, it’s a case where the plaintiff has become injured due to someone else’s negligence, and the responsible party is found to have adequate insurance so that the plaintiff can be fully compensated.
- Why do I need a personal injury lawyer?
If you become injured due to someone else’s negligence you not only need a personal injury lawyer, you need a great personal injury lawyer. Cases have such nuance and/or complexity that only a seasoned and accomplished attorney will be able to protect you and maximize the recovery due.
- How long do I have to make a claim for my personal injury?
This also deals with “why” you need a great personal injury attorney. That statute of limitations (the time period during which you can bring a claim) varies with the facts. In other words, if it involves a car accident you would have generally 3 years to file a complaint in court or forever be barred from doing so. But if you were in Connecticut when the accident happened you may have as little as two years. If you were 15 years old when you got hurt in the car accident you would have up to 3 years after your 18th birthday. And that’s only a few examples. If that scares you, it should.
- How long could it take to settle my claim?
Again, it all depends. Some cases can be settled in weeks, while others take considerably longer. One thing is certain, though, you will be in the best possible position to resolve the matter quickly if your lawyer is on top of the case and forever moving it forward.
- How can I find out about a lawyer’s experience and qualifications?
The very best way is from a client that has directly dealt with the attorney. That person is in a unique position to tell you firsthand about his or her experience. You may also want to look at years of experience, and past successes as well as awards won or recognitions earned by respected journals or organizations.
- How do I find the right personal injury lawyer?
It all comes down to your lawyer. You can research the candidates, look at their websites and try to get a feel for the organization. In the end you want a personal meeting so you can look them in the eye and assess what you see. This also gives you a chance to see the firm itself and ask any questions you have. If you like what you see and hear, and get a good feeling from the attorney, then you are making an informed decision. But in the end what means the most are results.
- When should I contact a personal injury lawyer?
The sooner the better. Some people don’t want to be seen as running to a lawyer the minute that tragedy strikes, but there is nothing more important than getting to the lawyer as soon as possible. Skid marks wash away, witnesses disappear, videos are over over-written and that’s just 3 of a thousand things that can and will change over time. The lawyer is in the best position to help you when he or she is given early access to information, evidence and witnesses.
- What should I expect during an initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer?
You should want to come away from the meeting well informed, comfortable and confident that the lawyer who will be representing you will do a great job and maximize the recover due you. If you walk out of an initial meeting thinking, “I’ve got the right person,” you’re well on your way to a successful outcome.