So you fell. It happens to everybody. No one plans a slip and fall accident. Unfortunately, these happen at some of the worst times, and they can be absolutely humiliating to the parties involved. When you've been through a slip and fall accident, you want to do everything you can to get through it and make it go away as quickly as possible. Don't forget that you still need to be cautious and take the proper steps in hiring a California personal injury lawyer to help you with your slip and fall injury case.
Hiring an attorney can be stressful, overwhelming, and nerve-wracking, and you want to make sure you work with the one who is going to do the most for you and your case. When you're shopping for a California personal injury lawyer, here are a few questions that you need to ask before making your decision.
What is the attorney's track record with cases like yours?
Has the lawyer worked with slip and fall cases before? If so, did they win? Were they able to get medical expenses and other damages covered? Just because an attorney specializes in personal injury cases doesn't necessarily mean they have enough experience with your specific accident.
Will other attorneys be working on this case?
Many law firms have multiple attorneys behind the main name or face of the firm. When you work with a law firm, this means that you might be working with one of the attorneys on their team rather than the main attorney. It's likely that they have an entire team full of highly qualified professionals, but you need to be okay with working with a different lawyer.
How long will it take to resolve your case?
If you were seriously injured during your slip and fall, you'll likely have some medical bills to resolve and may even need to take some time off of work. With higher bills and lower income, this can be a stressful time in your life. You'll want to know how long this will go on and how long your life will be disrupted by legal proceedings.
What are the fees?
Some personal injury lawyers will only charge if they win your case. Some will pull their fees out of the settlement you win. Others have set fees or upfront payments they require from their clients. Make sure you ask the attorney how their fees are structured so you know if you'll be able to afford them.
Will your case go to trial?
A lawyer who assures you that your case is going to settle is a lawyer you may want to stay away from. All attorneys should prepare for every case to go to trial, even if it doesn't. This way you're well-documented and have all of the necessary information in the case that you do have to go to trial.
Make sure to ask each of these questions of your potential California personal injury lawyer.