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Questions to Ask Your Car Accident Lawyer

Whether you are in the process of scoping out options for legal representation or beginning your case with a chosen attorney, there are many questions you could ask your lawyer. These questions may touch on the things required of you during your case, the ways your lawyer will help you, and what the law firm offers clients.

Your lawyer will likely make themselves available throughout the case for you to follow up with any further inquiries.

What to Ask When Looking to Hire a Lawyer for Your Legal Issue

Either immediately after the crash or in the days and weeks to follow, you might be exploring your options for taking legal action after a Dallas car accident. When you call the firm, you will likely be speaking with a team representative rather than a lawyer. You could ask this party questions like the following:

How Much do You Charge for Your Services and when do I Have to Pay?

Many lawyers operate on a contingency-fee basis, collecting their fee after the fact. These firms source their fee from the compensation they win for you. Others might ask that you pay the full amount up front. Hourly fee retainment is another option, where you pay for the exact amount of time your lawyer works for you.

Do You Charge for Case Consultations, or do You Offer Free Evaluations?

Not every firm offers free case consultations, but many do. This involves the firm looking at your situation and telling you about your options. They might also answer some of your questions or address certain concerns.

Other firms do charge for this service and ask that you pay them for their time and knowledge.

The aim of offering a free service is to make you feel comfortable, educate you, and give you the opportunity to look at all your options. You might find that you like one firm more than another. Accepting a consultation does not mean that you commit to having that firm represent you.

What Would the Process of My Case Look Like and How Long will it Take?

The team member you speak to might not have a comprehensive answer to this question. However, they might be knowledgeable. They could say that:

  • Your case might likely end in an insurance settlement.
  • You might have already admitted fault in your case, limiting your options.
  • You could have a chance at securing damages from a lawsuit.
  • Many parties could be involved in your case, so it is unknown how long your case will last.
  • You might be eligible for a class action or mass tort case that could take a considerable amount of time.
  • They won’t know about your legal options until the firm’s lawyers explore your case further.

Questions to Ask Your Lawyer After You Agree to Work Together

Once you establish a working relationship with your lawyer, you would be in a position to ask more specific questions about your situation and what your needs are.

What Would My Lawyer Do for My Case?

Many lawyers will do all they can for their clients. Others ask the client to do some work for them. Make sure you know what’s expected of you right at the start of the case so you do not accidentally overlook something important.

Your lawyer could:

  • Search for evidence and proof
  • Speak with eyewitnesses relevant to your case
  • Investigate to determine fault in your case
  • Pull reports to add to your case file
  • Protect your legal rights
  • Answer your questions at any point of the proceedings
  • Make themselves available to you by phone, email, or video call
  • Fill out paperwork
  • Help you follow relevant filing deadlines

What Kinds of Damages Could I Obtain in My Case?

Depending on how you were harmed, you could secure damages to cover the following losses:

  • Dolor y sufrimiento
  • Medical bills (current and future)
  • Salarios perdidos
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Pérdida de extremidades
  • Disfigurement
  • Mental anguish
  • Pérdida del disfrute de la vida

If you lost a loved one, you might be able to earn other kinds of damages, including loss of support and guidance. You could also secure compensation that covers the cost of the decedent’s funeral and burial.

Could I Secure Compensation for My Child’s Suffering in an Accident?

Your family might have been in the car at the time of your accident. You could have the opportunity to seek damages for your child’s losses. Your lawyer might tell you that:

  • Your child’s losses were not severe enough to warrant damages.
  • Your child’s suffering was significant enough to secure compensation.

What Should I Do to Help My Case and Protect My Chance at Compensation?

Your lawyer will likely tell you something similar to this:

  • Avoid accepting fault for the accident if you haven’t done so already.
  • Seek out medical attention and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
  • Inform the insurance company of your accident soon, if applicable.
  • Keep all records and pieces of evidence that could help your case.
  • Stay off social media so the insurance company doesn’t take your posts out of context.
  • Tell the insurance company only the bare minimum facts and then direct them to your legal team.
  • Relax and spend time with your loved ones to get well.

Call Loncar Lyon Jenkins to Get Started on Your Case

Our team is ready to speak with you in a free case evaluation. The car accident lawyers of Loncar Lyon Jenkins can handle your entire case. You have nothing to lose by speaking with us. Call (877) 239-4878 today to get your questions answered.

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Ted Lyon

Born in Terrell, Texas, Attorney Ted Lyon, a partner of Loncar Lyon Jenkins, attended East texas State University, now Texas A&M at Commerce, where he obtained his undergraduate degree in political science. Working as a police officer, Attorney Lyon paid his way through undergraduate school, followed by attendance at the Southern Methodist University School of Law. Learn More

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