4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Car Accident Lawyer

Navigating your way through the aftermath of an accident is challenging to say the least, and when managing the repercussions of an injury that is serious or otherwise, the last thing you want to be doing is paperwork. We say this often, and our business was founded on the basis of it, but as much as we hope you don’t need us, we’ll be ready and waiting if you do because in times like this, it’s the years of experience, the dedicated knowledge, and friendly voice that can make your life that much simpler. Finding the right person for your case can be a less-than-appealing task which is why there are non-negotiable questions you can ask to make it more efficient and ensure you find the right car accident lawyer.

How will I be informed of my updates regarding my claim?

You could have the top personal injury lawyer in town on your side but it won’t mean a thing if you have absolutely no idea how your case is progressing. Proactive communication is everything under circumstances like these and it makes a world of difference to your stress levels when the person you have put your faith in uses initiative to keep you up to date. How does the lawyer plan to keep you informed? Will they text or call routinely to keep you abreast? Know how they plan on communicating with you regularly to keep you informed.

What are the costs involved, and what does ‘no win, no fee’ really mean?

This is an important factor for a lot of people and an automatic barrier for those who see legal advice as too expensive. No win, no fee, means exactly that; a lawyer will assess your case to advise on the best solution, and should you choose to go ahead and your case is unsuccessful, there are no out-of-pocket expenses for you. At Gouldson, our promise is to take no more than 30% if you win your case, period. However, this is not the case for other “No win, No Fee lawyers”. Other lawyers will likely take the maximum by Queensland law which is capped at 50%.

Will I just get passed around and speak with 4 different lawyers?

Another important note that may seem irrelevant but can again play a big part in the seamlessness of your claim is to be sure that you won’t be passed around the office.

We’ve witnessed time and time again the number of people who have worked with other firms and had the same conversation with 3 different people.

Yes, our team collaborates and works together because many minds make light work, but it should go without saying that you have one point of contact and one leader of the case to handle the communication side of things.

What is your realistic expected outcome for my case?

This is a tricky one because, like many things, lawyers cannot guarantee a win (and if they do, that’s a very big red-flag!). Some cases may be far more straightforward than others, and the outcome can be more easily predicted, but there will always be nuances for every case and there are times when the complexity can make it difficult to forecast an outcome. What we can do, is make an extremely well-informed assessment based on past cases that have been similar, years of experience in the field, and our team of knowledgeable lawyers who have also dealt with plenty of similar circumstances. Although it might not always be what you want to hear, you can be sure that we will give you all the facts; good and bad.

It may feel like vetting a potential attorney could detract from the bigger picture of a time-sensitive matter but getting it right from the start will make the entire process less stressful and more streamlined. Finding the right lawyer to assist you in making your motor vehicle accident compensation claim the least painful part of the process will be the best thing you do in what might seem like an unnerving undertaking.

At Gouldson Legal, we pride ourselves on our transparent communication and team of accident claim lawyers who have the skills and resources to get the best outcome for you. If you have recently suffered an injury as a result of a car accident, get in touch with us today to claim your free case review.


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