Accident and personal injury attorneys focus on seeking compensation for people that suffer accident injuries. When seeking the services of a compensation lawyer, most people are often in a dilemma over which lawyer to choose. Below is a guide discussing some questions you can use to interview your lawyer.
1. Does The Issue Meet The Minimum Legal Requirements?
The lawyer should assess your situation and advise whether it meets your state's legal requirements. Typically, you must prove that you are not liable for the accident. For instance, it would be difficult to claim compensation if you were intoxicated at the time of the accident. Additionally, you will not receive compensation if you were injured while committing a crime. For example, take a case where you suffered injuries when breaking into a car.
Most states will nullify your claim if the incident took place more than three years ago. If this is your case, the lawyer will need compelling reasons to convince the court why you did not file the compensation suit. For example, it could be you were under critical care.
2. What Evidence Do You Need?
It would be challenging to seek compensation without sufficient evidence. Therefore, your lawyer will require the following:
- Scene of accident evidence to establish the conditions that caused the accident. For instance, was the road slippery? The lawyer could also check skid marks and debris at the accident scene to determine the negligent party.
- An incident report from the police officers that responded to the accident.
- Witnesses to testify in court. It could be the first responders at the accident scene or medical experts to explain the extent and impact of your injuries.
- CCTV footage. If your vehicle has a dashboard camera, its footage could be used in court to collaborate witness statements.
How Long Will It Take To Receive Compensation?
Most clients will want their issue received in the shortest possible time. However, this is not always the case. Once your lawyer lodges the claim, the insurance company will conduct some due diligence to ensure you provided factual information. More often than not, the insurer will send an adjuster to assess your claim. Once the adjuster files his or her report, the insurance company will send a counteroffer to initiate compensation negotiations. Negotiations could take a few weeks, months, or years depending on the complexity of your matter. Court action is the last result if your lawyer thinks that the insurance offer is unreasonable.
When hiring a compensation lawyer, inquire about the legal requirements, the required evidence, and how long it will take to resolve the issue.