When you receive injuries in an accident, you are able to make a personal injury claim against the responsible party. This claim can help you recover damages related to any costs or losses that resulted from your injury. To file a claim and receive compensation, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. When searching for a personal injury attorney, you’ll often hear the words “free consultation.” This may sound too good to be true, but believe it or not, it’s a common thing among Louisiana personal injury lawyers.
At Gordon & Gordon Law Firm, we offer these initial free consultations. If you want to discuss your case with our lawyers for free, we have you covered! Contact us today to see what we can do for you and your personal injury case.
Can I talk to an attorney for free?
You’ve probably noticed many law firms advertising free consultations for clients. This is not an obligation for all attorneys, but many choose to offer this perk to attract clients. It is a way for clients to meet the attorney who could potentially be handling their case.
It’s important to remember that a free consultation does not mean free legal advice or representation. The representation is only valid after both the lawyer and client have signed a contract declaring so.
The conversation during an initial consultation often involves the client detailing the facts of the case. The attorney will then interpret those details and break down the legal implications of their situation. With all the details provided, the lawyer will gain a clearer understanding of the case and what they can do for their client. They will likely give a summary of the legal process that might incur and what the client should expect the outcome to be.
The information provided during a free consultation does not constitute valid legal advice. They may provide general legal information, but it is not the same as official legal advice. Official legal advice analyzes the law around a specific situation and bases recommendations off of that.
What questions should you ask a personal injury lawyer?
A free consultation is the perfect time for potential clients to ask an attorney questions to determine if they are the right person for the job. If you’re considering seeking a consultation, you may want to have some questions prepared beforehand. The following are helpful questions to ask a lawyer to see if they’re a good fit for your case:
- How long have you practiced law?
- How long have you focused on personal injury cases in particular?
- What cases have you handled that are similar to my own? How successful were they?
- Who in your firm will be handling my case? How much time will you spend on it personally?
- Will you try to settle or will my case go to trial?
- Do you think we can win this case?
These questions are a general outline for any consultation. If you have questions specific to your case, you should ask those as well. The answers to these questions will help you determine your comfortability with this person and if you trust them to represent you.
What makes a good personal injury attorney?
There are certain qualities that you should look for when seeking a personal injury attorney. One of the most important qualities you can find in a lawyer is that they’re committed to helping you, not just taking your money. Though law is their business, a good attorney doesn’t look at it as that only. They see it as a way to help people out of their complicated situations. If you find a lawyer who is genuine in their interest in helping you, you know they have your best interests at heart.
A good lawyer is also one that has plenty of experience within the courtroom. It is often the lawyers who have the ability to be successful in presenting your case to a jury that don’t even need a jury verdict in the long run. Those are the ones who are in the best position to settle your case outside of the courtroom, should you choose.
Another trait of a good personal injury attorney is that they make time for you. You never want to feel like just another case in the filing cabinet. You want to feel as though your case matters to this person, and it should. If your attorney can’t provide the time to educate you and keep you updated on your case, they aren’t a very good fit.
You should always look for an attorney who is able to answer all your questions and concerns. The best personal injury lawyers are ones that are willing to sit down with you and inform you of the details of your case. They have the proper experience and are well-versed in cases like your own.
Finally, a good lawyer is one that can bring you results. Great results. When you work with Gordon & Gordon, you can ensure you’ll be getting the best settlement you deserve.
Is it worth getting a personal injury lawyer?
If you received injuries due to someone else’s negligence, it is worth getting a personal injury lawyer. With an injury comes medical bills and expenses, pain and suffering, and emotional and financial stress. Why should you be responsible for this due to someone else’s fault? You shouldn’t, and you don’t have to be.
Getting a personal injury lawyer can ensure that the person responsible for your injury pays for these damages so you don’t have to. Damages refer to the costs and losses that you suffered as a result of your injury. These damages can be economic, noneconomic, and even punitive. Economic damages refer to measurable monetary losses. These include the following:
- Medical expenses (both past and future)
- Loss of earnings (both past and future)
- Loss of employment or business opportunities
- Cost of repair or replacement of damaged property
- Loss of use of property
- Economic value of domestic services
Noneconomic damages are more subjective and cannot measure as easily as economic damages. These include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
Punitive damages are damages awarded that intend to punish the guilty party. They aren’t for the purpose to compensate for losses, but to deter malicious or reckless behavior.
Should you seek to recover any of these damages for your case, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer.
Contact Personal Injury Attorneys Gordon & Gordon Today
If you have a personal injury case on your hands, consult with the professionals at Gordon & Gordon. Not only do we offer a free consultation, there is also no fee unless we win your personal injury case. To discuss your personal injury claim with us, call 318-716-HELP today. Our phone lines are open 24/7. You can also send us a message to begin the free consultation process by filling out this form.