Have you recently been involved in a car accident? Are you looking for legal representation to help you file an insurance claim or take your case to court?
If you’ve recently been in an accident, you may be wondering, “How do I choose a good car accident lawyer?” We know that after an accident, you may be shocked, distressed, injured, overwhelmed— or all of the above. You know you need an attorney to help you through this difficult time, but you’re not where to start. Here are some important points to keep in mind to help you choose the best car accident lawyer in Louisiana.
Some law firms may charge a small consultation fee (no more than $150), which helps them make sure you’re seriously considering retaining a lawyer. However, at Brandt & Sherman, we strongly believe that every citizen has a right to legal representation, and we don’t want finances to be a barrier to that. As such, Brandt & Sherman, like many other law firms, does not charge a consultation fee. Your initial meeting with us is 100% free.
It’s a great idea to meet with the actual lawyer you want to hire. Your relationship with your lawyer needs to be a good one: you may be spending weeks, months, or even years together depending on the complexity of your personal injury case. Our Brandt & Sherman lawyers want you to feel comfortable with them, because if you’re at ease, it will be easier for them to understand your situation, obtain the information they need from you, and represent you to the best of their abilities because they know your case inside and out. You may feel nervous while meeting with lawyers, but remember, you’re in control since you’re the one doing the hiring, not the other way around.
When interviewing a potential personal injury lawyer, there are a few key questions you should ask:
The go-to rate for personal injury lawyers in Louisiana is pretty standard: 33.3% of your settlement, with the potential for a slightly higher rate if your case goes to trial. However, a key factor to look out for when choosing a Louisiana lawyer is whether they work on contingency or not. At Brandt & Sherman, we work on contingency: if we don’t win your case, you don’t pay us a penny.
There are a few things you can look out for while being represented to see if your personal injury lawyer is measuring up.
In Louisiana, there is no law stopping you from replacing the lawyer who is handling your personal injury case. In fact, if you are unhappy with your legal representation, it is advised that you part ways and find the attorney who can best serve you. There are no fees or additional costs for changing lawyers at any time.
If you’re unhappy with your current lawyer and would like to change your lawyer and work with Brandt & Sherman instead, we would be happy to draft a letter of notice to your previous attorney for you, as well as work out all the details of the file transfer. Then, when your case is settled, Louisiana regulation dictates that the legal fee (usually 33.3% of the settlement) will be split among all the attorneys who worked on your case.
Changing lawyers midway through your case will not delay the process for you. At Brandt & Sherman, we’re adept at picking up where another lawyer left off. We’ll quickly get up to speed on all the details of your case and seamlessly take over your representation without missing a single filing deadline or court date.
At Brandt & Sherman Injury Lawyers, we are committed to being the best possible legal representation for you. With over 60 years of combined experience, we’ll help you get the help you need and deserve. Contact us today, and see how we become your lawyer, your voice.