Common Mistakes Clients Make When Retaining A Personal Injury Lawyer
Personal injury lawyers are legal professionals who help clients injured due to someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. They work tirelessly to ensure that their clients receive the compensation they deserve for their pain and suffering. However, retaining a personal injury lawyer is not always a smooth process, and clients often make mistakes that can affect the outcome of their cases.
As experts in the field, we at Wolf Kimelman Personal Injury Lawyers have written down four common mistakes people make when retaining a personal injury lawyer.
1. Fail to hire a qualified personal injury lawyer
One of the most common mistakes clients make when retaining a personal injury lawyer is failing to hire a qualified one. It’s crucial to ensure that the lawyer you hire has the experience and skills to handle your case successfully. Do your research, check their credentials, and ask for references. You can also search for reviews and ratings online to understand their reputation. Don’t be fooled by billboards and television advertising. Hire an established and reputable lawyer with at least ten years of experience in personal injury litigation.
2. Fail to ensure that they understand the agreement made
Another common mistake is failing to ensure that they understand the agreement made with their lawyer. It’s essential to read and understand the terms and conditions of the contract before signing. Make sure to ask questions and clarify any doubts. Ensure you know what services you’re paying for, how much you’ll be charged, and your lawyer’s responsibilities. The retainer agreement must be in writing and set out what the lawyer will and will not do on behalf of the client.
3. Fail to understand fee structure
Clients also need to ensure they understand the fee structure of their personal injury lawyer. Make sure you understand how the lawyer will charge you for their services. Some lawyers charge hourly, while others charge a contingency fee, meaning they will take a percentage of the settlement you receive. Ensure that you’re comfortable with the fee structure and understand it before signing the agreement.
4. Fail to ensure which lawyer will be handling their file
Lastly, clients need to ensure which lawyer will handle their file. Some law firms may have multiple lawyers, so it’s essential to know who will handle your case. Ensure that you’re comfortable with the lawyer and their experience handling personal injury cases. Please don’t hire a lawyer without understanding whether they will have hands-on carriage of the case or whether it will be largely handled by junior lawyers or support staff.
Avoiding these common mistakes can save you from unnecessary stress and ensure a successful outcome for your case. At Wolf Kimelman Personal Injury Lawyers, we prioritize client satisfaction and ensure that we provide legal representation for our clients. We opened our doors in 2006 and work with clients throughout the Province of Ontario. We are busy seven days a week and have intentionally stayed small to ensure our clients know that we’re on the case instead of a large team of lawyers they’ve never met.
We offer services like motor vehicle, car accidents, wrongful death, slip and fall settlement, long-term disability claims, medical malpractice, occupiers’ liability act claims, and dog bite claims. We offer our services to clients across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area.
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