Because of the strong emotions that frequently accompany personal injury cases, choosing which personal injury attorney in Missouri you want to represent your case is an incredibly important decision. Remember that you have the opportunity to interview as many different attorneys as you would like in order to make an informed decision. Regardless of which attorney you choose, the team at McDuffey Law Firm firmly believes that everyone should be fully informed before making their decision. Here is a quick list of some questions you should ask your attorney before hiring him.
1. Will You Charge Me If We Lose?
Most personal injury law firms, like our personal injury firm at the Lake of the Ozarks, work entirely on a contingency fee basis. That means that the client won't owe a single penny unless they win your case. However, don't make the mistake of assuming that your case will be handled on a contingency fee basis - it's always a good idea to double-check!
2. Have You Handled This Type Of Personal Injury Case Before?
Personal injury law is incredibly broad; just because the attorneys you're interviewing specializes in personal injury law does not mean that he will have dealt with your specific type of case before. Wrongful death, workers' compensation, medical malpractice at the Lake of the Ozarks, and other types of personal injury cases each have their own unique specifications. Finding an attorney who is familiar with your type of case will increase your chances of getting a favorable outcome.
3. What Can I Expect To Receive In Damages?
"Damages" refers to the monetary compensation you can receive for your injury. Your attorney will not be able to give you an exact amount, but he should be able to give you a general idea of what your case is worth. After comparing your potential attorneys' answers to this question, you can choose the one who gives you the highest (but still realistic) prediction.
4. When Will You File My Lawsuit?
Many people may not realize this, but just because you sign a contract with your attorney today does not mean that he will start working on your case tomorrow. Your attorney's current workload dictates how soon he will be able to start putting focused time and energy towards your case. Before you agree to work with an attorney, find a specific start date you are both comfortable with.
5. How Often Will You Update Me On My Case?
You obviously have a great deal of emotional investment in your case - if you didn't, you probably wouldn't have hired an attorney in the first place. Since you will understandably be very curious to know how your case is progressing, discuss their preferred communication method with each prospective attorney. How frequently will you be kept in the loop? Make sure you're comfortable with their answer!
McDuffey Law Firm Would Be Honored To Represent Your Personal Injury Case!
We firmly believe that everyone deserves professional and effective legal representation for their injuries. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury, contact McDuffey Law Firm to schedule a free consultation with our experienced personal injury attorney in central Missouri. We look forward to working with you!
McDuffey Law Firm, LLC
Ph. (573) 302-7211
Fax. (573) 302-7215
5754 Parkside Village Ct.,
P.O. Box 368
Osage Beach, Mo 65065
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