If you’ve never had an accident and dealt with a personal injury attorney before, the task can seem, well, daunting. But it doesn’t have to be! An experienced personal injury attorney with extensive knowledge of accident laws in North Carolina should be able to put your mind at ease. If he or she can’t do that, you haven’t found the right attorney.
The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your personal injury case is to live by the old adage: Knowledge is power. The more you know, the more you can help yourself – and your case.
Here are some key questions to ask your personal injury attorney when you meet or speak on the phone for an initial consultation:
How long have you been practicing personal injury law in North Carolina?
It’s important to note that most personal injury attorneys charge the same fees no matter how long they’ve been in the field. Typically, it’s a percentage of the amount you recover from insurance companies and other parties responsible for the injuries. Why is this important? Because you’ll be paying the same amount of money, regardless of whether the attorney has little-to-no experience – or decades of experience like Robert Armstrong. Robert Armstrong has been practicing for more than 30 years.
What is your key practice area? Do you practice in other areas of law besides personal injury?
Some lawyers, particularly in rural areas, are more geared toward general practice, meaning they cover a little of everything. This could include personal injury, bankruptcy, real estate, medical malpractice, the list goes on. Then there are attorneys like Robert Armstrong, who has exclusively handled personal injury cases since he began practicing more than three decades ago. You have to ask yourself who you would trust more: someone who dabbles in a little of everything, or someone who focuses only on personal injury. This person is more likely to be better versed in all things personal injury law.
Will you be the attorney handling my case?
When you see flashy billboards and commercials advertising big-named law firms, the chances that the namesake of the law firm will be the one actually handling your case are slim-to-none. It’s important to ask in your consultation who will be handling your case. It could be a lower-level partner or someone you’ve never heard of. Robert Armstrong is the only attorney at his namesake law firm. When you hire Robert Armstrong, you know he’ll be the one in charge of your case from start to finish.
North Carolina personal injury law is complicated, as it’s one of the few remaining states to follow contributory negligence. This means that if you are found to be even 1 percent responsible for the crash that injured you or your property, you will not be able to recover a single penny. That’s why it’s so important to hire an experienced personal injury attorney to work on your behalf. Contact Robert Armstrong’s office today for a consultation.