HOW TO CHOOSE A LAWYERTips & Advice
DO YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY?
Insurance companies have teams of adjusters and lawyers with years of experience. Injury claims and lawsuits can be complex matters. Sometimes just computing the amount of damages suffered can be difficult. From making sure that you timely file your case to finding an expert witness, there are many factors that can go wrong if you do not have the proper experience. Issues will arise that require expertise and legal knowledge, such as how do you put a dollar amount on your pain or on your loss of enjoyment? Shannon J. Sagan has experience in personal injury cases and can assist you in figuring out how much compensation you deserve for your injury, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and other damages. Moreover, Mr. Sagan can review your personal injury case and tell you whether it is worth it to pursue legal action. If you are unlikely to win your case, you can avoid the time and cost involved in a lawsuit.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY?
When you begin your search for an attorney, you should start by talking with friends and family members. Ask them if they have any recommendations for a good lawyer whom they trust. Then take your research online. The Internet is a plethora of information where you can find ratings for attorneys, as well as various client reviews of lawyers. Does the attorney have experience in personal injury cases? Is the attorney’s website up-to-date on the relevant cases and law? Does the attorney have good professional ratings?
Mr. Sagan will provide you with a free, initial consultation. This is your opportunity to get questions answered about your case and find out what a lawsuit might involve.
THE INITIAL CONSULTATION
The better prepared you are for the initial consultation, the more it will help you to make a good decision about whether you should hire that a personal injury attorney. You should bring any documents to the interview with you that pertain to your case, such as doctor’s bills, photographs, correspondence with insurance providers, medical documentation, proof of damages, etc. You should also write down a list of questions you have for the lawyer, including questions about the lawyer’s representation of you and questions that are pertinent to your case. Finding the right personal injury attorney is an important component of obtaining equitable compensation for your injuries.
HOW DO ATTORNEY FEES WORK?
Mr. Sagan handles personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you only have to pay for the costs and his attorney fees if he wins or settles your case. If you win or settle your case then his attorney’s fees are paid out of your damages award or settlement.