8 Questions to Ask Your Motorcycle Injury Attorney - DeSalvo Injury Lawyers

8 Questions to Ask Your Motorcycle Injury Attorney

The vulnerable nature of motorcycles means that, if involved in an accident, a rider is at a higher risk of injury than drivers of cars. Unfortunately, along with severe injury, fatalities often occur in motorcycle accidents. In fact, 2016 saw 4,976 deaths as a result of motorcycle crashes.

If you’ve suffered injuries in a motorcycle accident, you need a personal injury attorney that has extensive experience with this type of case. There are many circumstantial details that must be taken into account.

This is a very stressful and potentially painful time. You probably want a quick solution so you can move on with your life.

However, there are some important details you need to work out with your motorcycle injury attorney before your case gets underway.

Let’s look at eight questions you need to ask your attorney.

1. Do You Work on a Contingency Fee Basis?

It’s common for personal injury lawyers to work on a contingency fee basis, but you need to be clear on this from the beginning. What this means is that your attorney collects no legal fees unless you recover money from the case.

If your case is promising, an attorney will likely take it on a contingency fee basis. Once you establish that this applies to your case, you need to discuss the fee percentage.

You may be able to negotiate a percentage and come to an agreement with your motorcycle injury attorney. The stronger your case, the more negotiable your attorney will be.

2. Have You Worked on Cases like Mine?

All personal injury cases are not the same. Just because a lawyer specializes in personal injury doesn’t mean they have experience with motorcycle accidents. It’s possible they may have just gotten into this field and have only worked one or two cases.

Once you establish that you’re working with a lawyer who has knowledge and experience handling your type of case, you may want to inquire about their success rate. If they’re allowed to give you this information, they should.

Keep in mind that their past success rate doesn’t have anything to do with your case. But it shows they know what they’re doing.

3. How Frequently Do You Go to Trial?

Whether your case goes to trial or not directly effects the amount of recovery you may get. An insurance company is usually who pays for an individual’s injuries in a personal injury case. Many times, they offer a settlement that’s considerably less than the potential payout if the case goes to trial.

Of course, your motorcycle injury attorney will need to do some work to determine the best game plan for your case. But it’s still a good idea to ask how frequently they go to trial.

A lawyer who goes to trial often may be seeking a quick settlement, meaning a quick payout for them. In fact, they may be able to get you more if you go to trial.

4. Will You or Another Attorney Be Working on My Case?

If you find a motorcycle injury attorney online, they may work for a firm that includes a number of lawyers, paralegals, and other staff. If it’s important that you work directly with that particular attorney, you need to establish that right away.

Keep in mind that an attorney’s job is very hectic at times. They often need to employ the knowledge of non-attorney staff or junior attorneys to help out with your case. Most of the time these individuals are more than qualified to help.

Asking this question early on prevents any surprises when you get a call from another member of the firm about your case. You also want to avoid hiring a firm and then having your case assigned to a different attorney.

5. When Will the Lawsuit Get Filed?

Setting a solid timeline for your case right away is important. For most personal injury cases, it’s better to file the suit sooner than later. When you have an initial meeting with a lawyer, make sure you’re clear when your suit will get filed.

Your attorney should be ready to file the lawsuit fairly quickly unless there’s a valid reason not to. You don’t want to end up with a case that ends up getting delayed.

Ask your attorney about a statute of limitations for your particular type of accident. If everything is in order, find out if the case can be filed in a few weeks.

6. What Can I Do to Improve My Case?

A common misconception is that if a person hires an attorney, everything will be okay and they can relax and wait for a monetary recovery. The fact is, hiring an attorney is just the beginning. The better approach is to ask what’s needed from you to improve your chances.

Many times, it helps your lawyer’s efforts if you see a doctor and even get a second opinion on your injuries. Your attorney may want you to talk to investigators about the accident. You need to stay as involved as possible.

It’s important to follow the advice of your motorcycle injury attorney. Remember, they’re working to help you.

7. How Long Do You Think My Case Will Take?

After a serious accident, you’re in a very vulnerable position. You may have medical bills coming in and could even be out of work. It’s important you know how long your case will take.

Keep in mind that an attorney won’t be able to give you an exact timeframe. There’s simply no way for them to do this in the early stages. But they should be able to take a birds-eye-view and give you an estimate.

8. What is My Case Worth?

Your lawyer should be able to give you some idea what the possible recovery will be. Because it’s still early on, this estimate will be broad, but it at least gives you an idea.

In the early stages of a motorcycle injury case, there’s a lot that’s still up in the air. Your attorney will need to investigate the particulars of the accident and talk to the other side. This all plays into the resulting settlement or hearing.

Find an Experienced Motorcycle Injury Attorney

You’ve been through a life-altering accident and need trusted legal representation to protect your rights. Asking the questions above will not only help you determine if you’ve found the right lawyer, the answers will provide vital information about your case.

The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo, LLC provides experienced personal injury representation in the Chicago area. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

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