If you have had a personal injury, the first thing you should do is get checked out by a medical professional. But what’s next? Contacting a Palmer Lake Personal Injury Attorney like Doug Allen. If you have obtained injuries due to someone else’s negligence, you may have entitlement to compensation. Compensation can help you to pay for things like medical expenses and lost wages. A good attorney will be able to help you through the process of filing a claim. They will also be able to represent you when speaking to opposing parties, or when battling in court (if necessary). But choosing a personal injury lawyer should not be a one stop shop. The lawyer you choose will play a huge role in whether you get what you actually deserve. In return, you’ll want to talk to several different lawyers before choosing which one you want to represent you. Here are some questions you should ask your lawyer to help determine whether they are fit to handle your case:
1) How many personal injury cases have you handled?
There are some lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases. Doug Allen is one of them. There are others who just dabble in the field, and it’s important to know the difference. It’s also important to know what percentage of cases they handle that are personal injury related. The more cases your lawyer has worked with the more prepared they will be. You also want to know that they have dealt with personal injury cases recently. The more regularly your lawyer exercises their hand at personal injury law, the more knowledgeable they will be about the regulations surrounding it. Take a look around our site to see what Doug specializes in!
2) Have you recently been to trial on a personal injury cases?
In the majority of cases, personal injuries get settled outside of court. This is the best case scenario for both parties. Court cases can be both expensive and time consuming, so it’s always in your best interest to avoid them. Having said that, not all personal injuries are settled. A settlement only occurs when both opposing parties can agree on a fair settlement amount. When they can’t, the case needs to move to trial. Anybody acting as your Palmer Lake Personal Injury attorney will fight tooth and nail to avoid this, but it’s not always possible. In such a case, you need to feel confident that your attorney will be prepared in court. The good news is that Doug has plenty of experience fighting cases like yours inside court and out.
3) How much will this cost me?
If you’re going to file a personal injury claim, you want to make sure it’s worth while. Unfortunately, lawyers do not come cheap. And most people can’t afford to pay for one upfront or hourly. To help you get around this problem, Doug will work on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay unless he wins your case. This means that there are no upfront costs. You will have to speak to your Palmer Lake Personal Injury Attorney to come to a payment agreement- so get in touch with Doug to ask about what he charges, and why.
4) How much compensation will I receive?
Again, this value will vary from case to case. It will depend on both the severity of the injury, as well as the circumstances surrounding the accident. There are a few different types of damages you may be able to recover. These include:
- Economic damages – ie. medical treatment bills, loss of wages, future wage losses, out of pocket expenses
- Non-economic damages – ie. emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, inconvenience, etc
- Punitive damages – damages claimed to punish the defendant. These are not as commonly filed for as economic and non-economic damages.
As you can see, some of these are more easily calculated than others. Things like medical bills and lost wages are easy to calculate. But how do you put a number value on emotional distress and inconvenience? There are all things that a Palmer Lake Personal Injury Attorney like Doug can help you to determine.
5) How long will it take to settle my case?
Unfortunately, your lawyer may not be able to give you a direct answer to this question. Cases can vary depending upon the cooperation of the opposing parties. If both parties can agree upon a settlement amount, your case should only take a few months to resolve. But cases that end up going to trial can take much longer – even years – to reach a resolution. Based on the information given, we should be able to give you estimates, but we may not have definitive answers. What we can do, however, is keep you updated every step of the way.
There are many questions that we could help you by answering. But more important than any question is how you feel about us. If you can find a Palmer Lake Personal Injury Attorney that is experienced, knowledgable, and professional, you are one step closer to winning your case. So if you have any doubts about Doug’s expertise, give him a call- he answers the phone for himself and would be happy to answer any question that you might have.
Remember, your lawyer is someone you are going to be working with for the long term. That’s why it’s important that you get along well. The personal relationship you have with your lawyer is just as important as their level of experience. A good lawyer should present themselves well, and act and speak in a professional manner during all processes of your case. They should also keep good communication, ensuring that you stay updated as your case moves forward. Give Doug a call and find out if he’s the right attorney for you!