It’s a sad truth that many young lawyers get out of school and see dollar signs when they explore personal injury law. Because they are great with social media they get cases, but they often make critical mistakes that harm their clients. Watch out for these mistakes when looking for an Anchorage auto accident lawyer.
Failing to Sign a Retainer Agreement
A retainer agreement is a detailed description of what your case will cost. Doing business on a handshake or with an incomplete agreement may leave you shocked when it’s time to pay fees and costs associated with your case. Make sure you have an agreement that you understand, that the agreement is fair to you, and that both you and your lawyer sign it.
Failing to Explain Recoverable Damages
The liability that you can recover for injuries is dependent on insurance coverage, not on the extent of your injuries. Getting what is fair may not be the same as the amount you are able to recover.
Failing to Explain that a Case May Go To Trial
It’s an easy thing to imagine an out-of-court insurance settlement that compensates you for your accident and injuries, but often the offer from the insurance company is less than what you need. Get a lawyer who will fight for you, not just settle for what is offered.
Failing to Do a Full Investigation
The devil is in the details, and every detail of your case is important. A diligent Anchorage auto accident lawyer will make sure that everything that matters in your case is brought to light.
Failing to Explain How Property Damages are Recovered
If you owe more on your car than the value of the vehicle, you will not be able to make a claim for the loss of the vehicle. Many people believe that when an Anchorage auto accident lawyer settles their case they will get enough money to replace their car. Be sure to ask a prospective lawyer about what is and is not a part of your legal claim.