As an experienced personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque, I have learned that your case benefits when you come prepared with the right questions and answers at an initial consultation. Knowing what to expect from your lawyer and coming prepared with relevant information helps accident victims make an informed and empowered decision about the lawyer who will represent your legal interests.
The bottom line is that Albuquerque accident victims have plenty of choices when it comes to finding an accident lawyer. The best serious injury attorney in Albuquerque will always put the interests of the person in a personal injury lawsuit first, and that is precisely what I have done in my years of experience as a personal injury lawyer in Albuquerque.
To this end, here are a few tips to help accident victims effectively discuss their serious injury claim to ensure the lawsuit is set up in the best position to succeed from the case’s outset.
Key Questions to Ask Your Albuquerque Serious Injury Attorney
When you discuss your accident in Albuquerque, the best serious injury attorney will be able to answer all the key questions you have. The first question you will want to ask is how much compensation you can reasonably expect. I provide clients with a guarantee that I can get more money than you have been offered by the insurance company, or you will not pay a fee.
To this point, you should also ask your lawyer what he or she will do to protect your legal interests from the insurance company. An insurance company’s business model necessarily entails that you will receive a lower offer than your injuries deserve. As a former insurance lawyer, I know the tricks these companies use to shortchange you from receiving a fair settlement. I will deal with the insurance company and get you the fair offer and maximum compensation you deserve, all while you focus on healing and spending time with loved ones.
Finally, you need to make sure the lawyer’s fee structure is fair and transparent. Unlike many lawyers, I charge a standard 1/3 attorney fee, regardless of whether your case is settled or goes to trial. This gives you peace of mind that your fees will not escalate, and I will always provide legal counsel based on what is truly in your best interests. For example, in a majority of my cases, it is becoming more common that insurance companies are not offering serious or fair settlement offers unless a lawsuit has been filed against their insured. If my fee agreement escalated to 40% if a lawsuit was filed then I don’t want my clients questioning if I am advising them to file a lawsuit in order to get a settlement that is fairer to them or because my attorney fee will increase to 40%. I want my clients to feel confident in the legal advice that I give through a fair and transparent fee structure.
To best represent your case and legal interests, you can greatly help me best represent you by coming prepared with answers to key legal questions.
Questions I Will Ask After a Serious Albuquerque Accident
While it can certainly be painful to discuss what you recall from a serious accident, I can best help you receive the money you deserve when I have all the facts. Simply put, it is easier for me to prove your version of the facts when I have all the relevant information.
Along these lines, I will also want to know a complete list of your injuries. Your legal claims will be based off these injuries, so never leave a single detail out. If you have even minor knee pain that you deem insignificant, mention it to a doctor. Make sure all pain you experience is documented and then provide me with this information.
I will also want to know all relevant information you have about the other driver or parties at the accident, such as:
- Facts about your insurance coverage including a declaration page for all automobile policies in the household
- Facts about the insurance coverage of potentially responsible parties, if you have that information
- Whether a police investigation and report were completed.
- Whether a party has already admitted to being at-fault
- Do you have health insurance? If so, make sure that you only provide your health insurance information and NOT your automobile insurance information to your healthcare providers. Automobile insurance carriers do not pay “piecemeal” or periodic settlements on personal injury cases and instead resolve the entire case at one time in a lump sum settlement. If health insurance is not paying your bills or if your healthcare providers are waiting to get paid from automobile insurance and you have serious injuries, it is likely that you will still be treating for your injuries and the medical bills will be sent to a collection agency and will damage your credit when you had health insurance to start with that should have been paying for all of your medical bills
These are a few of the questions that can be used to get the valuable information that will help your case. Do not stress if you do not know the answers to all these questions.
Rather, the key takeaway is that I can best help you when I have as much relevant information as possible. If you or a loved one has suffered from a serious injury in Albuquerque, I will always strive to be the best serious injury attorney in Albuquerque for your case.
Contact me online or give me a call at 505-266-3434 to discuss the facts of your case and take the first step toward receiving the compensation you need.
I am looking forward to meeting you and answering all of your questions in a “no pressure” environment. It is important that you feel comfortable with the attorney that you select to represent you or a loved one for serious injuries.