Questions You Should Ask Your Brain Injury Lawyer
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury that has impacted your ability to work or affected your general wellbeing, you should consider hiring a lawyer to help you seek the compensation you deserve.
To ensure you find the best lawyer for your situation, make sure you do your research and prepare questions to ask during your consultation.
What is Your Experience with Brain Injury Cases Like Mine?
While no two cases are the same, many cases have legal and medical similarities. Unfortunately, head injuries are not uncommon. In 2014, there were over 2.86 million ER visits nationally due to a traumatic brain injury (TBI). When you consult with a personal injury lawyer, discuss your TBI and how it occurred, and ask them to describe their previous experience.
Many TBI cases result from car accidents and motorcycle crashes, often due to someone else’s negligence. To ensure you cover all your bases, you’ll also want to find an attorney who understands the intricacies of Michigan’s no-fault insurance law and can communicate with your insurance company about payment of medical bills.
Besides having ample experience in similar cases, inquire about their past settlements and verdicts for personal injury cases similar to yours. If they possess little experience or have a bad track record of obtaining successful results, they may not be the lawyer for you.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., we use our extensive experience in traumatic brain injury cases to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to. Our team also has experience in several law areas, including workplace injury and personal injury law.
Senior partner and trial attorney Eileen Kroll, who previously worked as a registered nurse in the surgical intensive care unit, specializes in medical malpractice claims and has a strong track record with clients with TBI.
How Much Time Can You Devote to My Case?
Many law firms handle a high number of cases simultaneously. Ask your prospective attorney about their caseload and how much time they can devote to you.
Even with a mild or moderate TBI, you may experience complications that negatively affect your day-to-day routine or result in long-term disabilities. To ensure you receive your compensation as quickly as possible, it’s important that your brain injury lawyer is available to answer your questions when you need them to.
How Long Will My Case Take to Resolve?
While it’s hard to determine how long a lawsuit will last, your TBI attorney should be able to outline the process and steps involved and give you an estimate based on how long their previous cases took.
Because litigation often moves more slowly than clients might expect, it’s essential that your TBI lawyer set realistic expectations around the timeline and process, so you know what to expect along the way. If they indicate it may be a lengthy process, ask them what actions they will take to ensure the case keeps moving forward.
What are Your Fees?
Once you find an experienced attorney that you feel comfortable working with, inquire about their fees. Most personal injury firms operate under a contingency fee, meaning the lawyer will receive payment only if they win your case, and you receive compensation. Before agreeing to work with someone, confirm how they calculate their fee.
Another important question to ask is whether there are any case expenses, like paying for expert witnesses, and who is responsible for those costs.
Schedule a Free Consultation
If you or a family member have received a TBI diagnosis, call us today at 866-MICH-LAW to arrange a free consultation. The personal injury attorneys at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. are committed to ensuring TBI victims receive the compensation they deserve.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.