What are the best criteria and questions to ask when choosing the best personal injury lawyer due to car accident?
If the car accident happened 3 months ago, the other party accepted fault, the property damage was only $3200, and I was unemployed for a long time, yet I kept going to chiropractor for treatment, and I still have some soft tissue problems causing pain. Under such situations, is it better to handle the case myself or ask a lawyer to handle it? For this size of injury or amount of damage, does it make a big difference between doing it myself or hiring a PI lawyer?
Any estimate on ball part number or a reasonable range of maximum compensation that you have come across?
The worst lawyer will do better that the best pro per. That's based on 40 years of practicing law, although not personal injury law. In fact, with soft tissue damage only, expect an "impossible" fight as a pro per.
There are 80,000+ lawyers in metro LA of which at least 25,000 practice personal injury law. Pick someone you communicate with well and without any history at the state bar of discipline.
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Look for experience and reputation. Check resume. Ask about cases tried. You can check. Lawyers are very public
The very best personal injury lawyer in LA (whatever 'very best' means) is not going to be the least bit interested in a $3200 case....
A $320,000,000 case definitely.
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No one can tell you what you want to know - in response to any of your questions - except that you need a lawyer. Things to evaluate: property damage to both vehicles, photos of property damage, medical expenses, diagnsoses, pre-existing conditions, wage loss, comparative fault. By the way, chiropractor bills will be heavily scrutinized. "Soft tissue" problems should have resolved by now. Absent some underlying arthritic problem, disk problem, nerve problem, etc., the body should heal well within the three months since your collision.
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Go get some free consults from local lawyers. See who is willing to take the case, and what they can do for you.
Very important to find the best lawyer. You should meet with the lawyer that will be handling your case and ask them many questions. Check out their reputation online as well. I recently settled a $2500 property damage claim for $200,000 for two clients. They had the policy limits and suffered only soft tissue injuries. But remember all cases and clients are different.
Lots of issues here. First, low property damage like you said. Still, $3200 isn't $600. Second, did you ever see a real doctor or get an MRI? After this long if chiro/PT isn't helping you, your problems may be severe, especially if you're on the younger side. Third, without knowing exactly what's wrong with you, there's no way to tell you what it might be worth.
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