If you have been seriously hurt in a Lynchburg car accident, you may be asking yourself what you should do now. Pursuing a personal injury claim can be overwhelming, especially if you have been seriously injured. Nonetheless, discussing your case with an attorney as soon as possible is important. The steps you take after a car accident will directly influence your ability to obtain the total amount of compensation you deserve. Discussing your case with a personal injury attorney is an important first step to protecting your claim. Having an idea of what questions you should ask can help you when you meet with an attorney for the first time.
- Do You Focus on Car Accident Cases?
You should only hire an attorney with experience in personal injury cases, specifically car accident cases. An experienced personal injury attorney will know how to obtain a fair settlement. Ask the attorney how many car accident cases they handle every year to understand whether this is their primary focus area.
- Do You Belong to any Special Associations?
There are several different types of legal associations for personal injury attorneys. Asking the attorney whether the organizations they participate in and whether they have received any awards or any special designation from them can give you an idea about their experience and skill in car accident cases.
- How Long Do You Expect My Case to Take?
It is impossible to predict exactly how long each case will take to be resolved. However, an attorney can give you a general idea about the length of your claim based on how complicated the facts in your case are. An attorney may take a few months to settle if your case is relatively straightforward. Complex cases could take over a year to resolve. An attorney can give you an educated guess based on past experience.
- How Likely is it That My Case Will Go to Trial?
The majority of car accident cases are settled outside of court, but the attorneys at Straw Law Firm are prepared to go to trial when necessary. We treat every claim as though it may go to trial.
- How Much Do You Think My Case is Realistically Worth?
Many car accident victims wonder about how much their claim is worth and whether it is worth taking the time to speak to an attorney. Typically, the more serious your injuries, the more your case is worth. An attorney can review the facts in your case and help you estimate the total value of your case. It is important that you ask about the realistic value of your case to help you make informed decisions.
- What Should I Say to the Insurance Company?
One of the benefits of speaking to an attorney soon after the car accident is to protect yourself when communicating with the insurance company. You are required to notify your insurance company that an accident has occurred. However, it is wise to refrain from providing a statement until you discuss your case with an attorney.
It can be easy to unintentionally admit fault for an accident that was not your fault in the immediate aftermath of the accident. You can ask your attorney how much communication you should have with the insurance company. If you decide to hire an attorney, the attorney can help you prepare a statement for the insurance company.
- How Long Does it Typically Take for You to Respond to Calls or Emails?
Communication is key when selecting an attorney to represent you. You do not want to work with an attorney who takes weeks to communicate with you about your case. At Straw Law Firm, we pride ourselves on being effective and prompt communicators with our clients. We want our clients to be informed about all of the updates in their cases. We are responsive and willing to answer our clients’ questions. You should also ask about how long it will take the attorney to begin working on your case if you choose to hire him or her. When it comes to car accident cases, it is important that an attorney begins working on the investigation and negotiations with the insurance company quickly.
- What Tools Do You Have to Investigate My Case?
In complex car accident cases, the investigation process is crucial. Evidence can be destroyed, and witnesses can forget what they saw when the investigation occurred too late after the car accident occurred. When you meet with an attorney, ask about their resources to investigate your case thoroughly. Do they work with accident reconstruction specialists? Does the firm have the financial and other resources to investigate your claim and gather evidence immediately? You should ask questions to understand how seriously they will take your car accident claim during the investigatory process.
- What is Your Track Record for Car Accident Settlements?
When you meet with an attorney, you should ask about their track record when negotiating car accident settlements. Have they recently negotiated settlements for over a million dollars? Alternatively, do they usually take low-value car accident claims and settle them as quickly as possible? Ask for recent examples of car accident claims they have settled or taken to court to get an idea of whether they are capable of effectively negotiating the best automatic possible in your case.
- Do You Offer a Free Case Evaluation?
At Straw Law Firm, we offer potential clients a free case evaluation. We believe that clients should be able to ask us questions and learn more about us without the burden of paying for a first visit. Our Lynchburg personal injury attorneys will protect your interests and answer all of your questions. We will help you from start to finish by filing your claim, aggressively negotiating a fair settlement, and taking your case to court, if necessary. If you or your loved one has been injured in a Lynchburg car accident, contact Straw Law Firm today to schedule your free initial consultation.