If you or someone you know has been injured or even suffered wrongful death by accident, you understand how devastating the loss can be. Being compensated for the pain and suffering, medical costs, loss of companionship and loss of income is important for the recovery and healing process. A lot can be at stake when seeking compensation, so selecting the right personal injury attorney is vital.
If you believe someone else was responsible or partly responsible for the accident and are looking for an attorney to consult with regarding potential claims, there is a general process that you will go through. First, your case will be evaluated, both by the attorney/law firm and their medical resources. The attorney and medical team will collect information about your past, where you were and how you were treated, and your medical condition both before and after your accident or mishap.
The vast majority of personal injury attorneys will take your case on a contingency basis, which means that they are only paid if there is an out-of-court settlement or an award through a lawsuit (no out-of-pocket costs for you). If the suit is not successful, then the attorneys earn no fee.
During this time of the legal proceedings, there will be thousands of dollars in costs associated with preparing for the trial, such as travel, hiring expert medical witnesses, depositions, etc. Since the personal injury attorney who represents you pays for the costs that are associated with the preparation and trial, they will be evaluating your case as to whether it is likely they will get paid back for their time and money.
Just like the personal injury attorney will be evaluating your case to determine if it is worth pursuing him or her, you should keep in mind that you represent a potential investment to the personal injury attorney, and you should be diligent in evaluating him or her as to whether they’re the best representation for you. As the common phrase goes, “the best predictor of future results is past behavior”, so the track record of the personal injury attorney is probably the single best indicator of your likely success.