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Choose a Good Car Accident Lawyer

24th August 2011
By Vikas Gupta in Legal
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A car accident lawyer specializes in claims and cases pertaining to road accidents. A motor vehicle or car accident lawyer is also known as a personal injury attorney. The focus area of such a lawyer is to deal with technical and medical issues associated with car accidents and represent the client’s claim for compensation in court, and bring up any such legal rights that were infringed or violated by the occurrence of such an accident.

A popular practice is to agree that you will pay your lawyer a fixed percentage of the total amount of compensation awarded to you by the court. If the case fails, you will not be liable to make any payment unless it has been agreed to the contrary between you and the lawyer. Most of the Car Accident Lawyer in India work in law firms or have independent practice in dealing with accident claims and personal injuries. Here are some simple tips to choose an expert car accident lawyer:

*Collect all the documents to support your case. These documents may include photographs of the accident scene, medical certificates or other evidence in support of your case. Keep them as ready reference.

*You may search for a car accident lawyer on the Internet and validate the lawyer’s credentials or proven track record from any friends in the fraternity or by inquiring generally in the premises of consumer courts. You may come across a directory of lawyers through search engines. Research about their past records and short list the lawyers if you feel are competent enough.

*Seek references from friends and relatives based on the list you have created. Inquire about the proven track record, fee structure and general approach of the lawyer while dealing with accident claims.

*Ask your present advocate for referrals if he/she does not represent accident claims. You can also inquire with paralegals or clerks to suggest a reliable and expert accident lawyer.

*Once you have short listed one or two lawyers, make an appointment and meet them. Ask questions about the merits of your case, the issues of delay or giving evidence and so on. Once you feel confident about the lawyer’s approach and fee structure, you can take a day or two to finalize.

* Though it is advisable to opt for a written fee agreement, most lawyers in India will not sign such agreements. You can try your luck though or come to an understanding about the final fee at the outset, itself.

* Once you hire a lawyer, be patient and ask for regular updates of your case. It is recommended that you attend court sessions when your case is called so that you can see how well you are being represented by your lawyer.

Boundaries :

# First, assemble photos and paperwork that can help present your case. These can include any photos taken of the accident scene, a written description from you about what took place, and any letters or medical certificates from a doctor or hospital that may have examined you after the accident.

# 2 Be prepared with a list of questions to ask the lawyer, such as whether your case, as described, may have legal merit for an insurance claim, whether the lawyer has handled cases similar to yours and how successful those cases have been, and should he represent you in a car accident claim, what strategy he may apply.

# 3 Also be prepared to discuss your personal circumstances with the lawyer, such as the type of work you do, your family responsibilities, your hobbies, and how the car accident has affected your life.

This would trump any advertisement you might see or prior conversations you have had when interviewing attorneys. Nothing beats a real life experience a client has had with an attorney to give you an idea of what dealing with that attorney would be like. Important questions to ask others are is the attorney responsive in a timely manner, did the case remain within budget, and was the lawyer looking for a quick settlement. Attorneys seeking a quick settlement usually have their interests ahead of their client’s. A car accident lawyer aims to get the maximum possible compensation for his client. The compensation can be claimed for medical expenses, mental agony and damages caused to property. There are two ways of paying fees to a car accident lawyer in India.

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