Questions To Ask Your Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction accidents can be deadly; following an incident; you might be entitled to financial compensation. Often it’s best to have a legal team on your side, even if you have a good relationship with your employer. The proper construction accident lawyer ensures you’re receiving adequate representation. Most construction accident cases get settled out of court, but the right attorney should be willing to take the case to trial if needed. This blog will explore some essential questions you should ask any potential construction accident lawyer.
- How Long Have You Practiced Law? Do You Have Experience Working With Construction Accidents?
Every lawyer needs to start from somewhere, but it’s good practice to have an attorney on your side with years of experience. You also want an attorney who has experience working on similar cases as yours. Construction accidents generally fall under personal injury law and can overlap with worker’s compensation. Hiring a lawyer that has dealt with similar cases as yours will ensure you’re in good hands. When possible, find a lawyer that specializes in construction accidents.
- Do You Have Experience With Settling and Going to Court?
As mentioned, most construction accident cases settle before they reach the court system. Your attorney should be well-equipped to handle negotiations to help you obtain a fair settlement. A fair settlement will often compensate for various factors like:
- Lost wages
- Current and future medical expenses
- Disability benefits
Occasionally, a construction accident case may end up going to court, and when this happens, you want to ensure your attorney is comfortable representing you in court.
- What’s Your Current Caseload?
A potential attorney might seem like the most qualified, experienced attorney globally. However, if their law firm, partners, etc., don’t have enough time to devote to your case, then their qualifications won’t mean a lot. So be sure that any potential attorney has plenty of time to build your case and represent you.
- What Are The Strengths and Weaknesses in My Case?
You want a construction accident attorney who will always be honest with you, including discussing any strengths and weaknesses in your case. The right attorney will help you manage expectations and briefly explain the different outcomes you can expect. This process includes whether or not it’s better to settle or if you may have success going to trial.
- How’s Your Fee Structure?
Many people hesitate to hire a lawyer simply because they believe it’ll cost too much. However, many construction accident attorneys operate off of a contingency fee which means they’ll receive a percentage of the final settlement or court award. However, this might not be the case with every attorney. Therefore, it’s crucial to ask how your attorney will get paid and the total percentage they will take if they operate off of a contingency.
These are five common questions to ask before hiring construction accident lawyers in Queens, NY. Our legal team can help you receive the proper settlement following a construction accident. Call Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen, P.C today!