If you’ve been involved in a car crash, your first priority is to get checked out by a doctor. After that, you need to get legal help as quickly as possible. But how do you find a good car accident lawyer? It’s important to choose someone who knows the ins and outs of the law. This will make all the difference when it comes time to negotiate with insurance companies and get you the settlement you deserve.
Before you hire car accident lawyers, you want to be sure they know how to help you with your specific injury case. That’s why asking the following three questions is so important. If a lawyer is hesitant to answer them, find someone who will.
The first question to ask your potential personal injury attorney is: “Do you have experience with cases like mine?” If they say yes, ask for specifics. How many cases like yours have they settled? How many have gone to trial? It’s also important for them to be licensed in your state. If they’re not, then they can’t represent you there.
If the answer isn’t yes, keep looking. Some attorneys handle all types of legal matters, while others specialize in one area of the law. Personal injury law is complex and constantly changing as courts issue new rulings. An experienced attorney will know how to present your case in such a way that it gets attention from insurance companies and the courts.
The most important step to take is to find a personal injury lawyer, who specializes in handling motor vehicle cases. Remember that an insurance company is not your friend. They have one goal: to save themselves money.
You need someone on your side — someone who has experience advocating for victims of car crashes, and knows what your case may be worth. At Cohen & Sinowski, we bring over 40 years of combined experience specializing in car wreck and personal injury cases. We can help you understand your options and protect your rights.
Most of us will be involved in at least one car crash during our lives.
If you or a family member were injured in a car accident, you will likely need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.
However, not all personal injury attorneys are created equal. For this reason, it is important to find out as much as possible about any lawyer that you are considering to represent you.
You should also ask if your potential lawyer has trial experience and if he or she is willing to go to trial for you if necessary. Some law firms settle nearly every case they handle because they do not want to go to trial. This can be a mistake because it can cost you.
A lawyer who has gone to trial for other clients is going to be more effective when it comes time for negotiations with insurance companies and more qualified if the case goes to trial. Insurance companies know which lawyers will and will not take cases to trial and they often offer less money in settlement negotiations if they know that the lawyer they are dealing with is unwilling or unable to take the case all the way through a jury verdict. Going to trial can be an amazing opportunity to get all the compensation you deserve.
An experienced, trial-ready lawyer will make this happen for you and your family. In fact, most of the lawyers of Cohen & Sinowski have an extensive litigation background. We will not hesitate to present your case to a judge or jury if that is the best way to proceed with your case.
Most lawyers who handle personal injury cases work on what is called a contingency fee basis. That means they are paid only if they win the case. The lawyer’s fee is based on a percentage of the amount awarded in the case. Some personal injury attorneys will offer a free consultation to discuss your case, while others will charge for their time.
You should also ask your potential personal injury attorney about the fee contract. The attorney’s fee will be in writing and can be explained to you before you sign the contract.
If your personal injury case is settled or won by a jury, the lawyer may get a percentage of the settlement or judgment award. That percentage varies from case to case, but it often ranges from one-third to 40 percent.
The agreement must clearly state whether the lawyer will get paid regardless of whether you receive any money. The agreement must also specify how much you will have to pay for expenses such as court costs, filing fees and medical records.
If your accident lawyer doesn’t win or settle your case, then you owe nothing to that lawyer. You do not have to pay an hourly charge or a fee for each day your lawyer works on your case, even if you lose the case.
Cohen & Sinowski represents clients on a contingent fee basis. This means that we will not charge you any legal fees unless we win your case or receive a financial settlement on your behalf.
If Cohen & Sinowski doesn’t win or settle your case, then you owe nothing.
When we win or settle your case, then you will owe the firm a percentage of the amount recovered for you. If litigation is required, in addition to the agreed-upon fee, our firm will also seek reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses incurred on your behalf such as filing fees, deposition expenses, and expert witness fees.
In a perfect world, nobody would have to hire a personal injury lawyer. The at-fault driver would admit they did something wrong and take responsibility for the damages they caused. But we don’t live in a perfect world. Sometimes people lie. Sometimes they deny fault even though they are clearly responsible for causing the accident. And sometimes insurance companies lowball victims because they think they aren’t represented by an experienced attorney.
Should you hire Cohen & Sinowski? If you have been injured by someone’s carelessness, you deserve an experienced attorney who will fight for a fair and just compensation for your injuries. I will tell you the truth about your case from the beginning and if we can’t recover damages on your behalf, I will tell you that as well. Cohen & Sinowski has helped over 20,000 clients who have been injured in a car accident. All cases are different and some need to be negotiated with the insurance company which we are very capable of doing, while others need to go to Court.