Retaining the services of an experienced, skilled personal injury lawyer to represent your could be one of the most important decisions you make in your life. In some major auto accident cases, the outcome of your case could determine the path your life takes as well as your quality of life. When you set out to hire a personal injury lawyer, there are certain important aspects you need to examine and questions you need to ask in order to make sure that you are retaining the right lawyer.
First you must ensure that he or she not only has several years of experience, but also a successful track record handling cases similar to yours. Find out how long the lawyer has been practicing accident and injury law. Does he or she specialize in injury law or do they handle other cases as well? What percentage of their practice is devoted to this area of the law? How often does he or she go to court? Is he or she a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association? Do they understand how insurance companies work? Are they willing to fight for your rights if the insurance company does not offer a fair settlement? Will the lawyer personally handle your case or shuffle it down to a junior lawyer or clerk?
Next, find out how well-connected your injury lawyer is. Does he or she have a trusted network of investigators, expert witnesses and doctors for your convenience, support and care as well to help you get fair compensation for your injuries and losses?
Finally, enquire about the lawyers fees, payment, initial consultation and follow-up methods. Will he or she handle your case on a percentage fee or contingency basis? Will they discuss your case over the phone? Will they provide a free, comprehensive, no-obligation initial consultation? Will they send you educational or informational material about injury cases? Can they provide services in French?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an Ottawa car accident, please contact Brenda Hollingsworth at Auger Hollingsworth for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. We will come to your home or office if you are unable to come to us for a consultation. We have the experience, skill and knowledge it takes to fight for your legal rights and make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries, damages and losses.