If you have been injured in a South Dakota car accident, hiring a lawyer is a good idea – although choosing one can be difficult. How do you know if the lawyer you’re considering has the knowledge and experience to get you the settlement you deserve?
When making this important decision, we suggest that you ask any potential attorney these four questions.
Question #1 – What type of experience do you have with accident cases like mine?
No auto accident injury case is the same. You want to make sure that your South Dakota lawyer has experience and a proven record of success. You should also ask for case results and client testimonials.
Question #2 - When will my case be filed?
You want to be sure that the attorney has the time to make your case a priority. Some attorneys wait until just before the statute of limitations expires. Your bills are piling up and you deserve a lawyer who will help you now.
Question #3 – Why should I hire you?
You are hiring a lawyer because you need money to cover the cost of your car accident. You want a lawyer who can get you the maximum recovery. It’s just fine to ask the lawyer why he thinks he can get you a better settlement than another lawyer.
Question #4 – How much do I have to pay?
South Dakota accident lawyers often work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if you win your case you pay the attorney a percentage of your settlement. If the lawyer doesn’t win your case, you pay no legal fees. Ask your attorney if you are responsible for any other costs, such as filing fees, copying fees, and out-of-pocket expenses.