Top Questions to Ask Before Hiring Any Houston Car Accident Attorney
Top Questions to Ask Houston Car Accident Attorney Alex R. Hernandez Jr.
What are your fees?
Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you will not have to pay a fee unless you recover money damages in your lawsuit.
If you recover money damages, your personal injury lawyer will take a percentage of the award, typically between 35 percent (35%) – our fee before filing suit and 40 percent (40%) – our fee after filing a lawsuit.
If I lose, will I be responsible for any case-related costs?
Some personal injury lawyers charge for any case-related costs they advance in addition to the contingency fee. Ask your lawyer who will be responsible for these costs (also known as “out-of-pocket” costs) in the event that your personal injury lawsuit is unsuccessful.
Have you tried any personal injury cases similar to mine to juries before?
Never assume that a personal injury lawyer has handled a case similar to yours before. Ask every potential lawyer about his or her experience and results. If you know the reputation of your attorney you will feel safer to hire that attorney. Alex R. Hernandez Jr. has tried hundreds of all types of cases throughout his two decades of legal experience including car accidents, personal injury and other legal matters.
How much time can you devote to my case?
Many law firms take on too many cases at once and will sit on your case while they sign up additional clients. Ask potential personal injury lawyers about how much time they have to devote to your case right now. We have staff that devotes 100 % of their time to car accident and personal injury cases and have divided other staff to handle other types of cases. That means we have staff dedicated to you and your case.
Typically, how long does it take to resolve a case like mine?
Ask personal injury attorneys about how long it usually takes to resolve a case like yours. Many factors can influence how long it takes to resolve a case, but potential lawyers should be able to give you a rough estimate. Be sure that your lawyer is committed to resolving your case as quickly as possible under the circumstances. Our cases range from immediate check with liability and medical already done and ready to go out the door to several years for tough liability and medical issue cases. How long you case depends on your individual case and no case is the same.
Will my case go to trial? What is your success rate at trial?
Be wary of any lawyers who tell you early on that your case is going to settle. Your personal injury lawyer should expect every case to go to trial and prepare as if your case will be tried before a jury. That way, you can enter settlement negotiations with the defendant armed with as much evidence as possible. This will help ensure that you receive the fairest settlement possible. If your case ultimately goes to trial, you want to make sure that your personal injury attorney has the experience needed in a courtroom.
What is my case worth?
Personal injury lawyers should have a good idea of what your case is worth. At the very least, an attorney should be able to provide a spectrum and explain how various factors such as discovery, liability, and preexisting medical issues might impact a settlement offer or verdict. Do your research and use your best judgment in evaluating a potential lawyer’s claims. We can’t guarantee the outcome or value of your case just that your case will be zealously prosecuted and presented.
Who will handle my case?
Ask who at the firm will handle the various aspects your case. We will tell you exactly who will be your assigned contact and who you can expect to speak with when you have questions about your case. In our firm you will have a direct contact to ask questions at anytime.
What is my role in the lawsuit?
Before hiring a personal injury lawyer, make sure you understand your role in the lawsuit and what will be expected of you. Some people want to be very involved in their case, attending depositions and other meetings. Will your lawyer allow this? Some lawyers do not. Many clients want to let their lawyers handle the case and remain on the sidelines. Make sure that you and your personal injury lawyer are on the same page about what your relationship will look like.
Can I speak to a past client?
Don’t hesitate to ask a potential personal injury lawyer for references. Hopefully, the attorney will be able to provide you with contact information for at least one satisfied former client. You can also review clients responses on Avvo, Google and Facebook.
Call Alex R. Hernandez Jr. PLLC to speak to him directly about your serious injury case today 1-888-HDZLAW-8