How to Hire a Florida Car Accident Lawyer
If you were recently in a Florida car accident, a lawyer may be able to help you get a settlement if you can prove the accident wasn't your fault.
Finding a Florida Auto Accident Lawyer
If you know someone who recently hired a Florida car accident lawyer, you may want to see if he or she would recommend the lawyer he or she used. But if you don't feel comfortable asking for a recommendation or you're looking for the names of additional attorneys, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with car accident lawyers in your area.
Once you are ready to begin the process, you can call 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form on this site. After you've answered a few questions, we will provide you with contact information for one or more Florida car accident lawyers. You can contact the attorneys yourself, or they will follow up with you within two days.
Meeting with Florida Car Accident Lawyers
Once you have the names of Florida car accident lawyers, or plaintiff's lawyers, you will want to set up meetings with them. These meetings, or initial consultations, are usually free and will help you learn more about the attorney. They also allow the attorney learn more about your case.
You will want to do your homework before the meetings. Make some notes on your case; write down the facts you have and any questions you may have for the attorney. You'll want to ask about the lawyer's experience, proposed strategy for your case, and how he or she will charge. You might want to bring some paper to your meeting, so that you can write down points that will later help you in your decision-making. Also, remember that everything discussed will be kept confidential, so feel free to ask the lawyer anything that is on your mind.
How Will Your Lawyer Charge You?
Some Florida auto accident attorneys will charge an hourly rate, and some will charge on a contingency fee. A contingency fee means the lawyer is only paid if you get a financial award from the party at fault in the accident (or his or her insurance company). The lawyer's fee is typically calculated as a percentage of your settlement. If the lawyer charges his or her hourly rate, you will pay for the time he or she spends working on your case.
Selecting an Attorney
After you've finished your initial consultations, jotting down notes about the important points discussed will help you make your decision. If you dislike any of the lawyers you have met with, you can immediately remove them from consideration. If you can't afford the lawyer or think he or she does not have the experience necessary to handle your case, those are other signs you should not hire that lawyer. Once you have found a lawyer you can trust to handle your case, you are ready to hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.