FIVE THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU HIRE A SANTA MONICA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY
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Accidents happen and unfortunately we can’t help it because it’s not within our control. But what we do when it happens is within our control and one of those things is to consult a good Santa Monica personal injury attorney.
It is wise to first speak with a Santa Monica personal injury attorney before even speaking to the party responsible for the accident or their insurance company. An attorney will be in the better position to properly advise you on what to do and the prospects of the case.
The challenge usually faced by accident victims is how to choose the best personal injury attorney in Santa Monica. It is very important that you ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research about the Santa Monica attorney before hiring. This will help you identify the right attorney that will win your case and get the maximum compensation you deserve.
How do you identify the best personal injury attorney to represent you?
Here are five things you must find out about an attorney to help you determine if he or she is right for your case:
THEIR INITIAL CONSULTATION MUST BE FREE
It’s possible you are among the people that believe that hiring an attorney in Santa Monica costs a lot of money. But that is not always the case.
A good personal injury attorney will be willing to discuss your issue and decipher if you have a case or not and this consultation should be free of any charge. If any attorney says he will bill you for this initial consultation, then you need to walk away.
The more experienced a personal injury attorney is in handling cases similar to yours, the better your chances of winning. Whichever Santa Monica personal injury attorney you end up hiring, must have handled cases like yours and won.
It's important to emphasize that just handling similar cases is not enough, they should also have a reputation for winning. You won’t want to hire an attorney with no history of success.
YOUR CASE WILL NOT ALWAYS END UP IN COURT
Some cases can be settled without going to trial and some will not even require a lawsuit before being settled. This is usually the best option as lawsuits take additional time and money.
The attorney you hire must be competent enough to know when a case can be settled without going to court.
If you are lucky, in some situations, all your case requires is to present the relevant information to the insurance companies resulting in a speedy settlement. Your attorney must know when it makes sense to take this route.
FIND OUT ABOUT THEIR FEES
Of course, your Santa Monica personal injury attorney is not working for free. Different attorneys charge differently for their time. You should stay away from any attorney that charges you hourly rate.
Your best choice is to choose an attorney that gets paid only after he has succeeded in getting you your financial settlement.
FIND OUT HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE
You should also ask the personal injury attorney, how long they estimate the case to last. A really experienced attorney can give you a realistic estimate.
You should bear in mind that personal injury cases can take a lot of time to complete. So you should be wary of Santa Monica personal injury lawyers who promise to get you your settlements very quickly. It’s either not true or your settlement will be much lower than it would have been had your Santa Monica personal injury lawyer taken the time to work the case properly.
Using these tools will help you identify the best Santa Monica personal injury lawyer.
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