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How to Hire a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Injury Lawyer

If you've been involved in a motorcycle accident, you may be considering hiring a Georgia motorcycle accident injury lawyer. But if you've never had a reason to hire an attorney before, the task may seem overwhelming.

Ideally, you should interview several before settling on a Georgia motorcycle accident injury lawyer. Ask questions that will help you decide which attorney will best present your case and represent your interests.

This article details a number of questions that will help you arrive at your hiring decision. You can use some or all of these questions, along with others you create yourself.

Interviewing Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyers

Use or ask for referrals from friends to find potential candidates to interview. Then schedule a preliminary meeting with each. Most Georgia motorcycle accident attorneys are willing to meet with you in a preliminary meeting, called an initial consultation, for free, but do ask if there will be a charge.

There are actually two goals for this meeting. Of course, you'll be asking questions to determine if this attorney is the right one for you. But you'll also be getting feedback about your case.

Bring a list of questions you'd like to ask, and make sure you cover the attorney's professional background, experience, assessment of your case, suggested strategies for your case, and estimated legal fees.

Background & Experience

Start the meeting by asking each Georgia motorcycle accident injury lawyer about his or her background, professional experience, and legal skills. Questions you could pose include:

  • Where did you attend college and law school? When did you graduate?
  • How long have you been practicing law?
  • On average, how many motorcycle accident injury victims do you represent each year?
  • Are you a member of any professional organizations, and if so, which ones?

Legal Philosophy & Style of Offering Legal Advice

You'll want to know the attorney's style and approach to practicing law, as this could greatly affect how satisfied you are with your relationship with your Georgia motorcycle accident injury lawyer. Consider asking:

  • What is your approach or philosophy in handling motorcycle accident cases?
  • How do you generally work with clients? Will you present me with options and expect me to decide how to proceed? Or, are you more likely to tell me what I should do?
  • How would you describe your personality or style as an attorney?

Assessment of Your Case

Equally as important as finding the right attorney is making sure that your case is even worth pursuing. So you'll want to get an assessment of your case from each of the attorneys you interview. Some questions you may want to ask include;

  • What is your opinion and assessment of my case?
  • What kind of settlement or judgment can I expect to receive?
  • Do you see any potential problems that could delay or affect the outcome of my case?
  • How likely is it that we would go to trial?
  • What percentage of motorcycle accident injury cases do you settle each year? Take to trial each year?
  • How long do you think it will take to resolve my case?
  • Is mediation or arbitration an option?

Case Management

If you're feeling comfortable with the way questions have been answered up until this point, you can proceed to questions about how the case will be managed. Some questions to ask include:

  • Do you have the time to take my case on?
  • Will other attorneys or experts work on my case? What are their roles and responsibilities?
  • Will you personally manage my case, or will another attorney manage it?
  • Will you be the one that personally handles negotiations and court appearances?
  • Who will be my day-to-day contact?
  • Will you provide progress reports? How often? What will be included in those reports?
  • How do you prefer to be contacted? Email? Phone? How quickly can I expect a response?

Legal Fees

In Georgia, most personal injury attorneys who handle motorcycle accidents represent their clients on a contingency fee, meaning they will take a percentage of any settlement or jury award. But you should confirm this with each attorney you interview. Relevant questions to ask about estimated costs include:

  • How are you compensated for your time?
  • If we do not get a settlement offer and do not win the case, will I owe you any money?
  • Do you charge a retainer fee?
  • What other fees and expenses will I be expected to pay? Can you estimate their total?
  • Can you do the math and show me some examples of how much money I would take home after legal fees and expenses if we settle the case? If we go to trial?

Hiring a Georgia Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

After meeting with each attorney, it's time to hire one of them to represent you in your Georgia motorcycle accident injury case. Maybe one has stood out from the rest, and your decision is easy. But if you're torn between several, ask them for references from former clients. You can find out what they liked and disliked about their attorney and if they were overall pleased with their lawyer's work.

The final questions are for you to ask yourself:

  • Do the lawyers I'm considering have the skills and experience to handle my case?
  • Which lawyer has the legal strategy with which I am most comfortable?
  • Do I feel comfortable with the attorneys and can I trust their advice?
  • Am I going with the attorney whose award estimate is most realistic?
  • Are the estimated legal fees and expenses reasonable?

These questions should help you narrow your choices down to your best candidate. You're now ready to move forward with your Georgia motorcycle accident injury lawsuit.