I was in an accident and sustained a traumatic brain injury. What questions should I ask when selecting an attorney to represent me?
Unfortunately, many people with TBI do not receive the specialized legal representation they deserve. A lawyer who represents a person with TBI and his or her family should have specific knowledge, education, and experience in this area of litigation. In most states, injured persons have the ability to retain a lawyer through a contingent fee agreement. The lawyer is paid a fee based upon a percentage of the sum ultimately recovered. The lawyer does not receive any fee until the conclusion of the case. Under this system, an injured person and his family can afford to retain the most qualified legal representative.
Since the results of your lawsuit will have a lasting impact on the quality of your life, it is important to find the most qualified lawyer for your brain injury case.
Here are some questions to ask any attorney you are considering retaining in a brain injury case:
Don't be afraid to ask these questions and any others you have. The lawyer will be working for you and you deserve to know that he or she has the qualifications you're looking for.
Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. is a partner in the New York law firm, De Caro & Kaplen, LLP. He is the chairperson of the New York State Traumatic Brain Injury Services Coordinating Council and the immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of New York State.
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