After a car accident, you may be feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. It's important to choose an experienced attorney who can help you navigate the legal process and get the compensation you deserve. This begins with asking the right questions. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., our goal is to ensure your understanding of what to expect from your case and how to hire the right attorney for your needs. Keep reading for the questions to ask your attorney after a car accident, and remember that our experienced car accident lawyers are here to fight for you.
1. How Many Similar Cases Have You Handled?
After being involved in a car accident, it can be difficult to know where to start. There is so much important information that must be taken into consideration before filing a claim, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. That’s why a good place to start with any lawyer is simply asking how many similar cases they have handled before yours. You’ll want an attorney that is not only experienced, but has relevant experience with cases similar to the one you are bringing. For instance, at Lanier Law Group, P.A., we have years of experience dealing with car accident suits, and a history of successful case results with clients of all backgrounds. Remember, a seasoned attorney will guide you through each step of the legal process, so having someone who knows the process by your side is key to achieving the desired outcome.
2. What Are the Estimated Fees & Rates for Your Services?
It is important to understand the costs associated with your particular case. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we will provide an estimate of fees and rates for our services upfront, so you have a good idea of what you’ll be paying before your case even begins. It is worth noting that with any good attorney, estimations may be subject to change after further discussion and review of your situation and options. The initial assessment of your case's unique details and complete breakdown of our service fees and rates is important before you make a decision, but experienced lawyers know that things change quickly in the legal system, and it is important to be prepared for all eventualities. That said, the most important thing is for you to feel comfortable with the costs associated with your case, so no matter who you hire, make sure you receive some kind of breakdown of fees and rates before making a commitment.
3. What Documents Will I Need?
When you meet with your attorney to discuss your car accident case, it is essential you bring documents that can help shed light on what happened. Of course, before you can do that, you will want a full analysis from your attorney of which documents you need. This may include any medical documentation of injuries, photographs or videos taken at the scene, repair bills for vehicle damage, and a copy of the police report filed after the incident in question. You should also bring proof of automobile insurance that was in effect at the time of the accident. An experienced car accident attorney will go over all this with you, and assist you in preparing the necessary documents early on in the legal process. Gathering this information ahead of time will give you a better understanding of what to expect during the course of your case, and ultimately, go a long way toward ensuring you receive fair compensation.
4. How Long Will My Case Take?
Seeking justice after a car accident can seem like an intimidating and lengthy process, but there is no need to feel overwhelmed. An experienced attorney will tell you upfront how long they anticipate your case will take until it is resolved, or, if necessary, goes to trial. Again, there are few guarantees when it comes to the legal system, but a lawyer worth their salt will have dealt with similar cases before, and review all necessary information as it comes in so you always stay up to date on the timeline. Getting this information from your attorney will facilitate a smoother legal journey, so you can feel prepared and confident by the time you reach the resolution of your case.
5. What Happens if My Case Goes to Trial?
After you meet with an attorney to discuss the details of your car accident case, the real work begins. Discuss all eventualities with your lawyer, as there are several scenarios you should be aware of. Most often, your attorney will file a claim and begin negotiations with the insurance companies, while beginning to compile evidence in support of your case. If an out-of-court settlement is reached, your counsel will provide guidance every step of the way so you can make informed decisions about the offer.
When it comes to going to trial in a car accident case, understanding who is responsible for each task during litigation is extremely important. Your attorney should provide an outline of what to expect and make sure you are aware of all the different aspects before the trial begins. This includes things such as collecting evidence, deposing witnesses, conducting research, and anything else that could aid in your case. Your attorney should also answer any questions you may have about these tasks or other areas related to the litigation process, such as complications that may arise during the case or how long the process could take. It is essential to remember that your attorney has taken on this role to protect your rights and ensure justice is served throughout the entirety of this difficult experience, and that you must hold them to this high standard.
Call Lanier Law Group, P.A. If You Have Been in a Car Accident
Though the roadmap presented above should provide some guidance, never hesitate to ask more questions when it comes to a car accident suit. The right attorney will have the experience necessary to answer these questions and more. At Lanier Law Group, P.A., we want you to be aware of all the resources available for your specific case in order to build a strong defense strategy tailored to fit your circumstances. From similar cases we’ve taken on before yours, to fees and rates for services, to the timeline for resolving your case or getting it ready for trial, our experienced team is here to empower you.