At George Salinas Injury Lawyers, our personal injury lawyers know how important it is to help people injured as a result of an accident caused by the negligence of another party. That’s why our personal injury lawyers work under contingency fees and offer an initial consultation free of charge. Learn more about how our services work below!
What does free initial consultation involve?
First and foremost, it’s important to note that the initial consultation is completely free. You won’t be charged a single dollar. The goal is to help you and the attorney decide if you want to work together on your accident case. The consultation gives you the opportunity to learn more about your legal rights and options before formally hiring a personal injury attorney.
An important part of our free consultation is a case evaluation where our personal injury attorney will determine if you have a legitimate claim that our attorneys at George Salinas Injury Lawyers can help you with. He/she will consider several factors unique to your circumstances and may ask you about the type of accident you were involved in, the injuries you sustained and whether anyone witnessed the incident.
It’s very important that you’re honest and open during this process so that the attorney can provide you with accurate evaluation of the possible legal options available to you.
How does the legal process work?
In addition to discussing the details of your case, our personal injury attorney can provide you with information on how to file a claim with the insurance company. If you’re eligible to take legal action, our attorney will guide you through the legal process to help you better understand what needs to be done, such as:
- Investigate and gather evidence.
- Review medical records to evaluate your injuries.
- Calculate the value of your damages.
- Prepare a letter of claim for compensation.
- Negotiate with the insurer to get a fair settlement.
- File a lawsuit if a settlement can’t be reached.
- Go through the discovery process to gather additional evidence about the other party’s case and provide answers to questions posed by the other party.
- Go through mediation to settle a case before trial.
- Represent you at trial, if necessary.
During your free consultation, our personal injury attorneys at George Salinas Injury Lawyers will share the planning of your case and give you an estimated time that your case may take.
What questions should you ask at the initial consultation?
Your free consultation gives you the opportunity to ask questions. Choosing the right attorney is very important, so you should feel comfortable working with him or her. You need a personal injury lawyer that you can trust to guide you and defend your case so you can get maximum compensation.
For example, you might ask our George Salinas personal injury lawyers:
- How long have the Law Offices of George Salinas been in business?
- How long have you been a personal injury attorney?
- When did you start specializing in personal injury law?
- Do you have experience handling cases similar to mine?
- Who at the Law Offices of George Salinas would personally handle the case?
- How long does it usually take to resolve these types of cases?
- What factors could impact my compensation?
You should be prepared to answer the lawyer’s questions as well. He/she will evaluate your legal case and whether the firm can help you.
What are attorney contingency fees?
Your free consultation involves discussing the contingency fee that our personal injury attorneys at George Salinas may charge.
How do contingency fees work?
Also called an honorarium, contingency fees mean that our attorney’s fees are contingent upon the outcome of the case. In this way, there are no upfront costs. The attorney doesn’t get paid unless you get paid.
How can you negotiate contingency fees?
Attorneys who specialize in personal injury cases, also called trial lawyers, agree with their client to accept a fixed percentage of the recovered damages, which is the amount that will be paid to the client as compensation.
If you win the case, the attorney’s fees come out of the money awarded to you. If you lose, neither you nor the attorney will receive any money, and you won’t have to pay your attorney for the work done on the case. You only get paid if the lawyer wins.
At George Salinas Injury Lawyers, we’ll fight to get you the maximum accident compensation benefits possible in Texas. We’ve recovered over $500 million in damages for our clients. The expenses associated with an accident can be high, so you won’t pay us unless we win your case.
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