Now that you have decided to file a personal injury claim with the ICBC, it is advised that you use the services of a personal injury lawyer.
Selecting a personal injury lawyer is a decision that should not be taken lightly as the lawyer you choose could determine whether or not your claim is successful.
Here are a few mistakes to avoid when choosing a personal injury lawyer:
Choosing a personal injury lawyer based only on years of experience
We are definitely not encouraging you to use the services of an inexperienced lawyer, but years of experience should not be your sole consideration. When you have found a personal injury lawyer with years of experience you should ask him or her about the number of cases he or she has taken to court and how many of those cases were won. Although some personal injury cases can be resolved by a settlement, there are many that have to be decided in the courtroom. If you must go to court, it will be comforting to know that your attorney has the requisite skills to win your case.
Selecting a personal injury lawyer before a face to face consultation
These days it very common for business dealings to take place without face to face interaction; however, hiring a personal injury lawyer should not be one such transaction. Not even if this attorney was recommended by a family member or a friend or if you’ve had a telephone conversation. Always take advantage of the opportunity a face to face consultation will give you to interview your prospective attorney. During this consultation, ask specific questions relating to your case. Pay attention to how the lawyer responds to your concerns and how you are treated. This will give you an idea of what it will be like working with the lawyer in question going forward. The right attorney will not only possess the necessary expertise but will also be supportive.
Hiring a lawyer without knowing all the fees and charges
There are different fees and expenses to consider when filing a legal claim. Some personal injury lawyers charge flat fees or hourly rates. Many offer their services on a contingency basis. With this type of arrangement, the lawyer will not collect fees unless you receive a settlement or court determined payment. After you have received your payment, the lawyer will take a reasonable percentage of that amount. This percentage would have been agreed upon before they take your case. If your case is lost you will not owe any fees for the lawyer’s services but there may still be some expenses.
There are other lawyers, who have what is called graduated fees. With graduated fees, the personal injury lawyer charges a low initial fee. As the case progresses, the lawyer’s fees will continue to increase. By the time the case is concluded, these fees tend to be much higher than that of other personal injury lawyers in the area.
Whatever the payment agreement, ensure you ask your prospective lawyer for a clear outline of all possible fees and charges. This will help to prevent any surprise expenses at the end of your case.
When searching for a personal injury lawyer, it is important that you find someone with years of experience, a proven track record and a good reputation in the communities they serve. Rose Keith Law offers you all that and more.
So, if you are in need of a personal injury lawyer in Vancouver, contact us today. We’re here to get you the compensation you deserve.