Questions to Ask a California Car Accident Lawyer About Your Case

There are a few things you should consider after you sustain a California car accident with injuries.  For example, before speaking with a California car accident lawyer, you should have as much detailed information and facts about the car accident and any injuries or financial losses as possible.  This will make your time with the California injury lawyer more efficient. Some documents you may want to show your Car Accident Attorney may include your own auto insurance policy, including your "declaration sheet" showing your specific coverages, any and all information exchanged at the accident scene, and medical records, among other things. Below are some of the questions you should ask before hiring a car accident lawyer:

  • What percentage of your California injury law practice is devoted to car accident cases?
  • What legal experience do you have with the specific type of injury(s) in question?
  • What is a typical settlement range for cases similar to mine?
  • How much of my car accident case will you actually handle?
  • How are your fees structured? What out-of-pocket expenses am I responsible for?
  • Are you familiar with any Computer Software programs the insurance companies are using in order to determine settlement value? 

San Diego California Car Accident Lawyer Fees

How do I pay my lawyer for my car accident case?  Most San Diego County Attorneys handle car accident cases on a contingency or "no win-no pay" basis. This means that if the attorney does not win the case of your behalf, he or she does not collect a fee. On the other hand, if the attorney wins the case, the attorney will get a percentage of the personal injury award. The attorney's percentage varies from case to case, but can equal approximately one-third to 40% of the total award, with different limits imposed depending on the legal work done, and the attorney you hire. It's important to understand that attorney fees are different from costs, and you may be responsible for certain out-of-pocket expenses associated with your case. In any event, it is wise to consult with a variety of California car accident lawyers in your local area to find one you feel comfortable with in representing your case and to get an idea of the costs involved. 

Mark C. Blane is a San Diego Auto Accident Attorney, and the managing lawyer of the Law Offices of Mark C. Blane, a San Diego, California Personal Injury Law Firm devoted to representing families of injured persons of automobile accidents. If you or someone you love, has been injured or killed in San Diego County, or Southern California, due to the negligence of another, please order your FREE copy of Mr. Blane's book, The 10 Secrets You Need To Know About Your Injury Case, BEFORE You Call A Lawyer. It is full of helpful information, insights, and secrets that will help you protect your legal rights.  It normally sells for $16.95; however, it is free to all California residents, or those injured in a California accident.