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Questions to Ask Your Car Accident Lawyer

After a car accident in New York, seeking competent legal advice is crucial to effectively navigating the aftermath.

When consulting with a NY car accident lawyer, it is important to ask the following questions to ensure that you are thoroughly informed about the process. 

Questions to Ask a Car Accident Lawyer 

By asking questions, you can better understand your lawyer’s qualifications, communication style, and approach to handling your car accident case, ultimately helping you make an informed decision about legal representation.

Your lawyer should provide clear, actionable advice on the best strategies tailored to your unique case. Below are some important questions to ask any attorney you discuss your case with:

1. What Compensation Am I Entitled to for My Injuries, and How Will a Car Accident Lawyer Maximize My Recovery?

Your lawyer should be able to explain the types of compensation available in New York for car accident injuries, such as medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and property damage.

Ask how they will assess the value of your case and what strategies they will use to maximize your recovery, such as negotiating with insurance companies, gathering evidence, and, if necessary, pursuing litigation.

You may also consider asking what the lawyer estimates your recovery amount may be and what documentation you can provide to the attorney to assist in reviewing your case more thoroughly.

Asking these questions will also give you an idea of the amount of individualized attention the attorney can provide to your case.

2. Which Lawyer Will Be Handling My Case?

Some law firms have many lawyers, and the attorney you initially discuss your case with may not be the lawyer who represents you.

It’s important to know which lawyer will be assigned to your case and to have a personal conversation with them, if possible. 

3. What Is Your Fee Structure?

Lawyers have different arrangements in terms of their fee structures, and it is important you understand how you will pay for an attorney’s services.

Most personal injury attorneys take cases on a contingency basis. This means that the lawyer will charge you a fee only if and when they are able to recover compensation on your behalf. Contingency fee arrangements reduce—or even eliminate—upfront costs.

4. Do You Anticipate My Case Will Go to Trial?

While the majority of car accident cases are settled out of court, it is always a good idea to get an attorney’s personal opinion about the likelihood of reaching a favorable settlement.

Trials can lengthen the amount of time a case takes to reach a resolution and also inject uncertainty.

However, your attorney should be prepared to take a case to trial in the event they cannot reach a settlement

5. What Experience Do You Have with Car Accidents and Personal Injury Cases in New York?

Understanding your lawyer’s background with similar cases is essential. Discuss their success rates and how those experiences will benefit your case.

It’s essential to find a lawyer who has knowledge and experience in New York’s specific legal environment for car accidents and personal injuries.

Do You Have More Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident, you have rights, and it’s important to understand what they are and what you can do to hold the at-fault party accountable.

At the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, we have over 25 years of hands-on experience connecting accident victims with the compensation they need, deserve, and are legally entitled to.

To get legal advice on your car accident case, give the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima a call or complete our secure online contact form.

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Theodore A. Naima

Theodore A. Naima is the founding partner of the Law Offices of Theodore A. Naima, a Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice Law Firm based in New York. In 2015, Ted was awarded the prestigious AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, the company that has long been recognized as setting the gold standard for lawyer ratings, signifying the highest degree of peer recognition and professional excellence.

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