If you are involved in an accident, speak to a personal injury attorney at Spencer Calahan Injury Lawyers in Baton Rouge. As we continue our blog review series, we will turn our eyes from car insurance to personal injuries. In our first entry, we examine important questions you need to consider when seeking out a personal injury attorney. Unfortunately, many people learn this after the fact and from personal experience.
“When a driver is rear-ended while heading to work or struck by a fatigued truck driver, broken bones, whiplash, herniated discs, and even more severe injury may be the result. For the victims, their bodily harms often require ER visits followed by more doctor’s appointments, missed work, and stacks of medical bills. On top of it all, it is likely that struggles with insurance companies over their claim will ensue. It is often during this time of mounting stress that an attorney is initially sought out. While most clients would like to simply settle matters on their own, the fact is that most will need an expert in their corner to ensure that they aren’t taken advantage of. However, many worry about the competence and trustworthiness of the lawyer they choose to turn to. To guarantee that you have found the person who is most qualified to represent your case, there are some initial questions that you should ask…”
After you have asked about such things as the attorney’s experience and their fees, you definitely need to read the small print on discount lawyer contracts. Being aware of all their fees is important to not getting a “settlement surprise”.
“The standard personal injury attorney contingency fee is 1/3 of the total amount recovered for the client. Contingency fees are not set by law, so firms are free to charge any agreed upon rate. In a city like Baton Rouge, there are hundreds of personal injury attorneys to choose from. However, clients should beware. As in most instances, you get what you pay for.
When some Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys fail to generate enough clients to sustain otherwise would not hire their firm. On the surface, this may seem like a good deal for the client, but pay close attention to the “small print”. Accompanying most discount lawyer contracts is “small print” that actually EXCLUDES the discounted attorney fee in an overwhelming majority of all personal injury claims. This type of misleading advertising often leads to disappointment, frustration and the feeling by the client that now they have been a victim twice. Before hiring a discounted personal injury attorney in Baton Rouge, read the small print.”