Getting into an accident is inconvenient at best, but it can often have some serious aftereffects on your life that take lots of time and energy to sort out. This is especially true when the injury happens to a contractor working on your home. You need to make sure that you are not being taken advantage of either by the other person or people involved in the accident, or by your insurance company.
People often think they can save money and trouble by taking care of anything by themselves, but it often causes more stress, more time, and more money than springing for the accident lawyer in the first place. But although the accident lawyer is there to help you, there are some things you can do to help them out too, most importantly, having all the information they need.
1. Details about others involved
One of the most important pieces of information you can provide to your accident lawyer is the details of the other person or people involved in the accident. Having their contact details, names, and other relevant information will help your lawyer. It is important to get this detailed information at the scene of the accident, and to make sure that if they write it, they write it legibly so that you can relay the correct information to your accident lawyer.
2. Details about the accident
This is one of the most difficult pieces of information to attain, as it is hard for people who have been in accidents – especially particularly traumatic ones – to remember details about their experience. As soon as possible after the accident write a detailed account of what you remember down. Write everything you can possibly remember. It is also helpful to try and find eye witnesses to your accident. These people may be able to corroborate your story, and may have had a better view of exactly what happened.
3. Cost of services
Of course your accident lawyer is there to help you out, but there is the question of payment. It is best to discuss and agree upon the fees up front so there are no misunderstandings. This process should come naturally as your lawyer should be used to the price negotiations part of working with clients. When it comes to accident lawyers, the most common agreement is actually to be paid on contingency – that is, paying a percentage of whatever is paid out to you in the end. Other lawyers do work on flat rates or hourly rates.
4. Expectations and possibilities
Your first step is to contact an accident lawyer to see if you have a case. Here you can also share with them what you want from this case. Is it money? Are you pressing charges on someone? What are your expectations and hopes? After that, your lawyer will be able to assess your case and give you an idea of what they can do for you, what you can expect to get out of it, and what the risks are. Your accident lawyer should be able to tell you where the strengths and weaknesses are in your case, and how you can work around weaknesses and leverage on the strengths.
5. The accident lawyer’s expertise and practice
You may also want to discuss with the accident lawyer you have decided to go with what their past experience is like and if they have dealt with cases and injuries like yours before. You should find out if personal injury law is a specialty of theirs and you could also ask what kind of a case load they take on. You want to be sure your lawyer is able to take the time to focus on your case. If you are looking for an accident lawyer, I highly recommend the services of Futerman Partners LLP for their industry expertise.