If you’ve been in a car accident, one of the first things on your mind might be finding an attorney.
This piece will address some of the most commonly asked questions about hiring an attorney for representation after an auto accident.
We’ll also explain how it works, how much it costs, and what you can expect from us as your car accident lawyer Perth.
What does a car accident attorney do?
A car accident attorney is a specialist who specializes in personal injury cases. A car accident lawyer can help you recover compensation for your losses, such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
An experienced attorney will work with you to determine the value of your case. In addition, they help guide you through the legal process and ensure that all deadlines are met on time.
How much do you charge for representation?
One of the most typical queries from clients is, “How much do you charge?”
The fees are based on a variety of factors, including:
- The complexity of your case. The more evidence to review and evaluate, the longer it takes to prepare your case for trial.
- How long do we expect our services will take? If necessary, we can file several motions in court at once; however, in most cases, there is no need for this type of aggressive tactics
—especially when working with an experienced car accident lawyer with experience negotiating with insurance firms early on to obtain maximum compensation for their client’s injuries.
Who pays your fee?
You will be responsible for paying your attorney’s fee. The amount of your fee depends on the type of case and the work done by your attorney or law firm, but it usually comes from a percentage of any monetary compensation recovered in a lawsuit. If no recovery is made, you won’t have to pay anything.
- How much does it cost?
- The cost varies according to the intricacy and length of the case and how much time your attorney spends working on it.
You can often anticipate paying between 30% and 40% of any settlement or verdict (less if you recover nothing).
Some attorneys charge an hourly rate; others will bill by the month; others bill on a contingency basis—meaning they only get paid if their efforts result in a settlement or award for you.
Your lawyer may ask for payment upfront before taking your case—this is called retainer fees—or he may ask for payment after each phase has been completed—these are called success fees (or contingent fees)
What should I anticipate from you as my car accident lawyer?
Expect to get your car accident lawyer to fight for all the compensation available to you. However, getting and keeping the balance owed to you can be long and complicated.
Expect to get your car accident lawyer to explain the process in detail and answer any inquiries that may surface throughout the process.
It’s preferable if you don’t have trouble finding a reasonable car accident attorney because many lawyers will represent you.
In addition, most lawyers will give their clients free consultations so that they can discuss their cases with them before agreeing to represent them.
Your lawyer’s job is not just about filing paperwork or going to court when necessary; it’s also about ensuring everything goes smoothly so that nothing gets overlooked along the way!
How will you help me recover my losses after a car accident?
After an automobile accident, it’s essential to recover your losses, known as “claims recovery.” Claims recovery can be confusing and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be if you’ve got an expert.
We employ the most compelling claims recovery methods to ensure that our clients get the most money possible for their losses. We do this by:
- Maximizing all available insurance coverage on behalf of our clients (including underinsured motorist coverage)
- Helping our clients avoid court (which can keep them from getting paid for several months or even years) by settling with their insurance company before taking legal action against another driver who caused the accident
Will you handle everything if I hire you to be my car accident attorney?
When you retain a lawyer, they will deal with the entire case. The lawyer will be in charge of filing suit, negotiating with the other party, and representing you in court to secure the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
You can rest assured that they will do everything possible to win your case—and everything that needs doing to ensure that happens.
The lawyer will also handle all paperwork and keep you informed about the progress of your case.
If necessary, they may work closely with police officers during investigations into what happened at the scene of an accident;
they’ll also collect witness statements from people who saw what happened (or heard first-hand accounts).
You don’t need to worry about anything other than getting better as quickly as possible.
How long until I receive my case resolved?
The amount of time it takes to resolve a car accident case depends on the complexity of your claim and how much work needs to be done.
If you have a good case with solid evidence and witnesses, it should be resolved in a reasonable time frame.
Still, it could take longer if you have a terrible chance or don’t have enough evidence to prove some aspects of your claim (like liability for fault).
The best way to avoid having your case drag on is by hiring an attorney who knows how to get these things done as quickly as possible.
I don’t want to go to court. Do I have to go to court to recover compensation for my losses?
You don’t have to go to court if you don’t want to. Without going to court, you can resolve your dispute and avoid the stress and expense of litigation.
Of course, there are certain situations where you may have no choice but to appear in court:
- When an insurance provider declines to honor a claim, for example, because they say it was your fault, you will probably need evidence from witnesses who saw what happened.
In this case, you would need a lawyer who knows how to handle these situations.
- If an insurance company claims that a person injured in an accident caused their injuries or failed at some task leading up to the accident
For instance, by not wearing a seatbelt, they will most likely require testimony from medical experts and other professionals who can offer evidence on why this argument is wrong.
You may also need experts if another driver’s insurance company tries making similar claims against your client’s claim for compensation for injuries suffered in the crash.
What should I say (and what shouldn’t I say) about my case on social media or in emails, texts, or phone calls?
You should never discuss the details of your case on social media. Social media is a public forum; anything you post may be accessible to people at work, friends, or family members who are not involved in your case.
If someone were to see any information that could be used against you in court (such as a picture of the accident scene), it could make things much more difficult for you when submitting your legal claim.
You should also avoid discussing details about your accident by email, text, or phone calls outside of legal counsel.
You can easily send an email that contains sensitive information that might cause problems later on down the road;
likewise, someone might overhear something said over the phone or accidentally pick up an unsecured text message.
If you believe that something should be communicated quickly for some reason (like if someone needs medical attention), there are ways around this issue without putting yourself at risk:
Call them directly instead of using texting apps like WhatsApp; use Signal or WhatsApp if you must send messages via a mobile device, but don’t put anything sensitive into those messages unless necessary.
You’ve just read through many common questions about car accident lawyers. And now, we hope you understand better what to expect from a lawyer and how they can help you after an accident.