5 Things to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you were injured in a car accident or other incident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be interested in finding an El Paso personal injury lawyer. However, with so many different attorneys to choose from, how do you know which one to hire?
You can interview a few El Paso injury attorneys before making your final selection. The following questions can help you narrow down whom you should hire.
What Percentage of Your Cases Come from Other Referrals
One of the best ways to find a good personal injury lawyer is to ask other lawyers for a referral.
A good personal injury lawyer will have a solid reputation in the local community and receive a portion of their cases from referrals from other attorneys. By asking an attorney you might hire about their percentage of referrals, you can learn how often others turn to them for their expertise.
The Law Offices of Michael Gopin, PLLC has been a staple of El Paso, Texas since 1987. Our lawyers call El Paso home and are committed to helping the members of our local community. Our reputation precedes us, as is evident from the many glowing reviews our firm has received.
What Is Your Fee Structure/What Is No Fee No Recovery?
“No fee, no recovery” means that you will not pay any attorney’s fees unless your lawyer secures financial recovery on your behalf. Most El Paso personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that payment for their services is contingent on them winning the case. Their payment is a percentage of the sum they help recover.
However, not all lawyers take cases on a contingency fee basis. Additionally, you might still be responsible for paying for legal “costs” associated with your case, such as filing fees, charges for medical records, litigation expenses, discovery costs, and expert witness fees. The percentage of the fee might change based on whether the case is settled through an insurance claim or is litigated. This information should be outlined in your retainer agreement. Don’t be afraid to ask about the attorney fee structure and what you will be expected to pay out of pocke
How Long Have You Worked on Personal Injury Cases?
Some lawyers work on a variety of cases while others focus on a specific area of the law. When you hire a lawyer on a contingency fee basis, they often charge the same percentage, regardless of how much experience they have. This can mean that you pay the same thing for an attorney with one year of experience as you do for an attorney with many years of experience. However, having more years of experience can help lawyers develop the necessary expertise, skills, and resources to effectively handle your case.
The El Paso personal injury lawyers at The Law Offices of Michael Gopin, PLLC have more than 30 years of combined legal experience we will put to use on your case if you hire us.
Have You Handled A Case Like Mine?
You will want to make sure that any lawyer you handle has tackled a case similar to yours. Personal injury lawyers handle personal injury claims on a daily basis. They’re used to negotiating with insurance companies, gathering evidence to establish liability, and accurately calculating damages that accident victims have sustained.
How Will You Keep Me Updated About My Case?
One of the most important things about working with an El Paso injury attorney is the relationship you have with them. A good lawyer will keep you informed about the status of your case, any proposed injury case settlements, and other developments in your case.
Contact The Law Offices of Michael Gopin, PLLC for Help with Your Personal Injury Claim
Michael J. Gopin has practiced law in El Paso since 1987. Even after more than 30 years, he still remembers his first jury case. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin in 1983 with a bachelor of business administration, majoring in accounting. He received his juris doctorate degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio. Michael has successfully handled countless cases of medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, and nursing home negligence. He enjoys helping people “get their lives back in order” by providing high-quality legal representation and compassionate customer service.