Following a serious car accident, you are likely wondering whether you need to hire a lawyer and how to even begin that process. You have a lot of options for legal representation in the Queens County area, so how do you know who is qualified to work on your case?
Parker Waichman LLP understands how important it is for you to be represented by the right firm, so we have compiled some tips for hiring a lawyer to litigate your Queens car accident claims.
Why You Need a Queens County Car Accident Lawyer
If you are wondering whether you actually need a lawyer or whether you can pursue claims on your own behalf, consider the following tasks an attorney will complete for you:
Your attorney will thoroughly investigate your case.
A car accident lawyer will perform a full and complete review of your claims. This will include investigating and gathering information, such as accident reports, potential video footage of the accident, any medical records, insurance documents, and police reports from the accident. When you retain an accomplished accident attorney, you will be able to put together a strong case to file in court.
Your attorney will bring years of experience to your case review.
When attorneys litigate numerous car accident cases, they develop an extensive understanding of car accident law and of the factors a case needs to possess to be successful. Your attorney will be able to review the totality of evidence in your case through the lens of years of experience. By hiring an attorney, you will also have access to extremely knowledgeable experts who can provide testimony in favor of your case.
Your attorney will facilitate negotiations and settlement.
One of the most important reasons to hire a lawyer is the facilitation of settlement negotiations and advocacy during the settlement process. You are far more likely to receive a settlement award if you have an experienced attorney on your side. Clients who represent themselves rarely get to the negotiations table and those who do receive significantly less than clients who have attorneys. It is always more beneficial to have a lawyer fighting for your rights to recovery.
Hiring an attorney will ensure you receive a thorough investigation of your claims, full case review, and the best chances for a settlement award. For more information about what a skilled car accident lawyer can do for you, contact Parker Waichman LLP.
How to Find the Right Attorney
Now that you’re aware of all of the benefits your attorney can provide, you should begin searching for the right firm to represent you. You can start your search for attorneys by asking people you know who they might recommend, searching online for car accident attorneys in Queens, or by looking through the New York Bar Directory. You should narrow your focus to personal injury firms and specifically firms that appear to litigate car accident cases in Queens.
When you have decided on a few firms you might want to hire for your case; you should contact each one to schedule a case consultation with an attorney. We always recommend requesting in-person consultations because they will help you learn more about a firm. If an attorney doesn’t have time to meet with you, you might want to consider moving on in your search. You should not be made to feel like you’re not a priority.
Questions to Ask During Your Case Consultation
When you contact the firms you have selected to set up a case consultation, you will likely speak to a staff member (assistant, receptionist, or paralegal). This person will gather some information from you about your case in order to connect you with the right lawyer. While you’re on the phone with this person, you can ask a few helpful questions, like:
- Will my case consultation cost me anything?
- When should I expect to hear from a lawyer?
- Will I be able to meet with a lawyer in person?
It’s important to remember that this staff member is not a lawyer, so he or she will not be able to give you any legal advice or opinions about your case. However, when you meet with or speak with an attorney at the firm, you will be able to (and should) ask more substantive questions like:
- How much experience do you have with car accident cases?
- What are some of your recent accident case results?
- How familiar are you with New York’s No-Fault Law?
- Do you have a lot of experience litigating cases in Queens?
- Do you work strictly on accident cases or other types of cases, as well?
- How often do you take car accident cases to trial?
- How many attorneys work in the firm?
- What percentage of attorneys’ fees will you take on my case?
- Do case expenses come out of my share of any award?
- How involved do you allow clients to be on their case strategies?
You should feel free to ask any questions you’d like, but the above questions can get you started and will give you some beneficial information about the firm and your potential lawyer. If you’re not happy with what you hear during your consultation, you should look at other firms. The decision to retain a lawyer is critical, and you should feel confident about your choice.
Parker Waichman LLP Offers a Free Case Review
Parker Waichman LLP has extensive experience with Queens accident cases, and we dedicate ourselves to securing the compensation injured people, and their families need. We offer free case consultations and quickly review accident claims to provide our clients with timely, accurate information about their legal options. Contact Parker Waichman LLP today to schedule a meeting with one of our skilled Queens accident attorneys.
If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a car accident in Queens County, contact Parker Waichman LLP today for your free Queens car accident consultation by filling out our online form or by calling 1-800-YOUR-LAWYER (1-800-968-7529).
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