February 28, 2014
Any time you need help from a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, there are a few things you should look for to help you find the most qualified attorney.
- Do they offer a free consultation? The purpose of this meeting is to establish whether you have grounds for a case against the other party involved in the accident. It involves discussing your case, any special circumstances, and identifying who is responsible for your injury. If the lawyer charges a fee for this meeting, it is recommended you seek another law firm, because you should not have to pay to find out whether or not you have a case.
- Do they work on a contingency fee? Many people who have been involved in a personal injury accident do not have the money to pay retainer fees up front. Law firms that work on a contingency fee basis do not collect any money from you unless they are able to win your case through a settlement or verdict in your favor. As a result, your Los Angeles attorney works harder to deliver results. Again, should the firm charge a retainer, it may be in your best interest to find a different lawyer.
- How do they conduct a case evaluation? When you initially call, do they give you an estimate over the phone? Realistically, this is not possible, because each case can be different and have its own set of circumstances. The proper method is to meet with you, gather evidence, and review the details in depth before supplying you with a figure. After your initial consultation, your attorney might be able to provide you with a rough estimate using similar cases, but normally reserves the total amount until later.