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Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer [Infographic]

If you’ve been injured due to of the reckless or negligent actions of another party, one of the most critical decisions you will make in the near future is the choice of a personal injury lawyer to represent you. Not only are you recovering from an injury, but you are probably concerned about the medical bills piling up and time lost from work. You know your financial future may depend on the quality of your legal representation and chances are you have a lot of questions, including “How do I find the best personal injury lawyer for my needs?”

Fortunately, our trained personal injury lawyers are here for you during this difficult time. At our office, we receive important questions from concerned individuals every single day, and it is our goal to answer all of them thoughtfully and thoroughly, no matter which personal injury practice area you have questions about. These questions to ask personal injury lawyer—and the attorney’s answers—can help you decide which lawyer should take your case.

Personal Injury Questions

Regardless of the injury that you have sustained, you should be armed with several key questions during your introductory consultation with a personal injury lawyer. According to AVVO, there are 10 must-ask questions you should inquire of any personal injury lawyer before hiring them. They are:

  1. What is your contingency fee?
  2. Will I be responsible for any advanced case costs at all if we lose?
  3. Have you tried these types of personal injury cases before?
  4. Do you have the time necessary to actually work on my case now?
  5. When will my lawsuit be filed?
  6. Will my case actually go to trial, and if so, when?
  7. What is my case worth?
  8. Will you be the actual attorney handling my case?
  9. What will my participation in the lawsuit be?
  10. Will you get me more money than other attorneys, and why?

9 Question to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer [Infographic]

Here you'll find an infographic followed by a breakdown of the answers for nine questions we most often hear from new clients.

questions to ask a personal injury lawyer infographic

1. What area of personal injury do you practice most?

The term “personal injury” covers a gamut of accidents. Personal injury lawyers often specialize in particular types of cases, such as auto accidents or wrongful death, and it is critical to find a personal injury lawyer with considerable experience in your type of injury. This is especially true if your injuries derived from a defective product or dangerous drug, since these are more specialized areas of law than the more common auto accident or slip and fall cases.

2. Who will work on my case?

At many firms, your personal injury lawyer may not handle every aspect of your case. Other professionals, such as paralegals and legal secretaries, handle a great deal of the paperwork and research that goes into winning your case. As a result, your legal fees may be lower because your attorney is not doing the work that their subordinates can do well. However, you should also ask about the experience level of any paralegals and others who might work on your case.

Almost all personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they receive a portion of any settlement you receive. In Florida, the general amount of a contingency fee is 33.3% of recovery of up to $1 million if the case is settled prior to filing an answer or demand for arbitrator appointment. If the case is settled after filing an answer or demanding an appointment of arbitrators, the contingency fee amount is usually 40% up to $1 million. Some lawyers may charge an additional 30% of recoveries between $1 and $2 million either through settlement or verdict. For settlements or verdicts above $2 million, your personal injury lawyer may charge an additional 20% on the amount above that threshold.

However, at Vasilaros Wagner, you get our guarantee that we will never make more than you because your life is worth more.

Medical malpractice contingency fees are more limited than other forms of personal injury fees in Florida. A client is entitled to “no less than 70% of the first $250,000 in damages excluding costs, and 90% of all damages over $250,000, excluding costs,” according to the Florida Constitution. For that reason, a lawyer representing clients in medical malpractice cases may charge a higher fee than the constitutional limit only if the client consents, which requires a notarized statement.

4. What is your trial experience?

Very few personal injury cases go to trial—nearly all are settled before that stage—but that does not mean it is wise to hire a personal injury lawyer with little or no trial experience. If you have an excellent case and the defendant refuses to settle, you do not want an inexperienced trial attorney—or perhaps a lawyer afraid of appearing in court—to represent you.

Our lawyers have experience going to trial. Firm Partner Steven Vasilaros has a trial history in Volusia County Circuit Court, Volusia County Courts, Seminole Circuit Courts, the Ohio State Courts, and the United States District Court before the Middle District of Florida. Firm Partner Josh Wagner was able to hone his trial skills and gain the nickname “trial dog” during his time working as a prosecutor for the State Attorney’s office. He was formally recognized in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers by The National Trial Lawyers in 2016.

5. What is your professional background?

Ask your personal injury lawyer about their professional background, including:

  • Law school attended
  • Years practicing law
  • Role in the firm
  • Honors and awards
  • Professional organization membership
  • Number of cases won and lost in court
  • Rate of client success in similar cases
  • Ratio of cases won to settled
  • Jurisdictions in which they are licensed to practice

It is also important to ask if your lawyer has any potential conflicts of interests in representing you, such as representing the other party’s insurance company in prior or current cases. Additionally, you should ask if your lawyer or others at the firm have ever been disciplined by the Florida State Bar and, if so, find out the circumstances.

6. What happens if I don’t win my personal injury case?

Just because a personal injury case is taken on contingency does not necessarily mean you will have no out-of-pocket expenses if the case is lost. Find out beforehand if you will be charged court filing fees, costs for evidence gathering, and the like if your case proves unsuccessful. At Vasilaros Wagner, we charge no fees unless we win your case. It’s part of our lawyer guarantees that we provide to every client. However, if you retain a lawyer who does have such fees, you could potentially end up with no financial compensation and a significant bill for filing fees and other costs.

7. Do other lawyers often refer cases to you?

An affirmative answer to this question is a good sign. Much like other professionals, lawyers typically only refer cases to other lawyers who they think can help the client get the best possible result for their legal matter. A positive response to this question indicates that your lawyer has a good reputation in the local legal community and is trusted by their peers to provide top quality representation for their clients.

8. What is my personal injury case worth?

No one can give you an exact answer to this question, but an experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to provide a rough estimate based on the facts of your case and the degree of your injuries. You will want a realistic number and an explanation of how that amount is broken down, such as lost wages, medical expense payments, property damage, and an approximate amount for pain and suffering.

9. Do you foresee any issues with this case?

Every personal injury case is unique. Some are rather cut and dried, while others are more complicated. Your personal injury lawyer should let you know if they foresee any problems regarding your case, and what those problems might be.

Additional Personal Injury Questions

For more specific personal injury questions having to deal with individual practice areas, we have taken the most frequently asked questions from a multitude of our areas of expertise and have written helpful, comprehensive blogs to answer them. Here is a brief list of our question-answering personal injury blogs:

Personal Injury Videos

Don't see an answer to your specific question yet? We also maintain a YouTube channel, which answers a large number of additional questions you might have. Here are just a few examples: 

  • If I am injured while riding the bus, is the bus company liable?
  • I am unhappy with my present lawyer and want to switch. Will it cost me more money?
  • If I have a car, do I need to have insurance?

If you or a loved one have been injured through no fault of your own, it is vital that you speak with an experienced Daytona personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Knowing which questions to ask will help your initial meeting run smoothly and help you get all the information you need to make the most informed decision possible. If you have any questions, we ask that you call us today at 386-777-7777 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form below to schedule an appointment.

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Chelsea
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Tony Goudie
Josh and his team worked diligently to resolve our case; the at fault driver’s insurance company just dragged their feet for 2 years. But Josh counseled us to be patient and this proved to be sage advice. We unreservedly recommend him and his staff .
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Donna Penny
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Josh Wagner always called me back if he couldn’t answer my call at that time and his staff was very empathetic and very professional at all times. I can’t thank Mr. Wagner and his staff enough for their kindness and hard work. You need a hand working and caring law firm then this is the place to turn to.
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Amy Rudisill
Working on my case, the whole team has been amazing. Always checking in on how my treatment is going and giving me updates. The whole team is on top of everything for me. I wouldn't want any other attorneys on my case but Josh and Steve. I recommend Vasilaros Wagner for your case.
John from Vietnam
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Anna Sorrentino
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Mitchell Condry
This firm handled my van crash settlement very professionally and got me a very good settlement, after a law firm in Panama City, Florida wouldn't even take the case. I highly recommend them. Thanks everyone for all your hard work on my case.
Front Desk
The entire office was thorough for the entirety of my case. Very helpful and insightful for anyone who has never done this before. Highly recommended
Shari Sciara
After a rear-ended collision, Josh & his team took my case and was willing to do what needed to be done for me. They never pressured me and kept in touch throughout the case.
Charlie Sierra
5/5 for the entire team at Vasilaros and Wagner, they were very professional and very courteous and friendly. I honestly would recommend anyone to go to them if they have a personal injury case. Huge shoutout to Nolan. He’s awesome
John Jones
Great law office/practice and staff. Everyone there worked extremely hard for me and my case and I deeply grateful for their time and effort. Nothing but an A+ team all around!
Kyle Taylor
I am very happy with the service I received at Vasilaros Wagner. They maintained great communication throughout the entire process. If I need this type of service again I will not hesitate to come back to them.
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Very nice people. They helped handle my case in a nice timely manner. I would highly recommend them to family and friends.
Alexis Davis
I'm very pleased with the services my family received. I would highly recommend to family and friends.
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This is by far the best law firm in America i swear, they are no joke they will serious help you and play no games. They are even better than dan newlin i promise im surprised that they are not known more because they really should be they are truly great.
Eureka Augustin
They are really professional, and takes care of their client really well. I was fortunate to have them work on my case, and they fought for me for a year until my case was over. I really appreciate them and if I ever get in a car accident again I know who to call
george gilmer
They helped me a great deal and got me a great settlement
Michael Lopez
Vasilaros Wagner is very supportive. They are very responsive and kept me updated through out the whole process. I highly recommend Vasilaros Wagner to anyone.
Sayuri Garcia
Everyone on staff was very attentive from beginning to end. The whole team made sure our questions were answered and all our needs were being met through out the whole process. Mindy made the final steps a breeze, she was very helpful and courteous!
Scott Sickich
My name Is Paul, I was involved in a pretty bad car wreck. No one hurt, thanks be to god(yes I want there). Vasilarous/Wagner took my case no questions asked and got me a decent settlement. The chiropractic team was second to none. Jon Wagner is a mad genius. Very satisficed
Doris Fuentes
Very professional this is the third time I go with them highly recommended they call every week to make sure everything go good o for any questions they are simple amazing.
Mike Smith
It's a very good law firm. Everyone there was friendly and very helpful with my situation. If you don't understand anything about something, then they break it down to where you can. Overall a great firm and I would refer everyone to them.
Justin Gholston
Extremely professional firm from day 1. I appreciate their hardwork in handling my case and most importantly I appreciate the consistent feedback. Josh, Nolan and Mindy thank you for your awesome support and service.
Joanne Christiansen
I am so glad I picked Vasilaros Wagner to help me when I was rear ended. They took care of everything for me. They called me once a week to see if I had questions and with updates. They really care about their clients. I would recommend them to anyone injured in an accident. Everyone was very professional and supportive.
Patrick Green
They helped me get what I deserved and treated me very respectful would recommend them to anyone
Nick
Josh and his team where Absolutely amazing they made an Awful Experience into something that made me Whole again ! Amazing communication from his entire staff. If you’re looking for a personal injury attorney look no Further he Gets Results !!!
Ryan Hickman
Wagner has to be the best attorney ever. This whole office handled my case with care and integrity. From the ladies who answer the phone to the attorneys assistant. They managed my lawsuit with aggressive litigation and caring for my health. I would use them again!!!! Got a settlement within 3 months!
Gina Hall
Highly recommended. From the moment they took my case, they were professional and responsive. The firm contacted me weekly to ensure I did not have any questions. Talk about service! The staff is polite and always there to help whatever my question. I couldn't have asked for a better law firm to help me during my accident.
Jorge Alvarado
The staff was very attentive throughout the whole process, always willing to answer questions and keeping me informed all along the way. Thanks to all involved.
Colleen Foley
Had a great experience and everyone was very kind and helpful along the way.
sally oyer
In a very stressful situation Josh and his stellar team have been a true blessing! I highly recommend them!
Reya Wright
They work every hard on my case and I thought they were ever nice and I could tell they wanted the best for me. They did a great job.
Karen Lawrence
Josh and his team are great. They assisted me and answered my questions from the first day. Vasilaros and Wagner were recommended to me by a coworker and I am glad that I used them on my case. They worked diligently on my case and made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend their firm to anyone who needs a good accident attorney.
Jason Alfano
All i can really say about Josh Wagner, is that he is an outstanding member of our community. Josh is always ready to fight for what if fair, no matter what the circumstances. Its been a pleasure watching him evolve over the years... Thanks Josh Wagner
Andrew Hall
Very responsive and professional!
Phillip Alexander
I truly am amazed at how on top of things this law firm is! This team gets things done and if they tell you something is going to happen you better believe it's happening! I will never use anyone else and neither should you!
ALICIA HEARD
I recommend this law firm to anyone who is looking for a personal injury lawyer. Everyone was so pleasant, attentive, and professional. They kept me updated on every aspect of my case at all times. Thank you Vasilaros Wagner!
Jamesha Whitmore
Very Great service everyone was helpful and understanding.
Brianna Williams
They are a great help! Thank you so much for everything! I highly recommend going to them!
Austin Lewis
Wonderful experience. Everyone I worked with was upfront and honest about the entire process, they were great at explaining each step. They stayed on top of the little details and were prompt to respond to any questions I had. I will be sure to refer everyone I like to their office.
Sandra Newton
Steve did an awesome job for me he took a cut in his fee just so I would get more money. I don't know any lawyer that would do that. I would recommend him to anyone. It's not all about the money for him he really cares about his client's. Thank you Steve for all you did for me and my family .Sandra Newton.
Anna Thomasson
I'm very pleased with my experience with Vasilaros Wagner and their whole team. Very helpful, timely and truly care about their clients.
Matthew Young
I cant say enough about Josh Wagner and his team. Even when I felt I was being annoying thr answered all my questions with a smile. They kept me appraised to what was going on and got me a significant settlement for my accident. If you need a lawyer go here
Girl Life
Waiting for outcome to provide a five rating. Josh is always available when I need an answer though. Him Nina and Bebe
Joy Nash
My name is Joy Nash. I have been using Josh as my attorney before Vasilaros/Wagner. This is my 3rd time using him and I always have a great experience. I referred him to all of my family members including the ones who live in Miami and he was able to help them as well. Thank you !!
PASTOR JAMES EDWARDS JR
If you want an Attorney and staff that cares...I mean truly cares about making sure that you receive the compensation that you deserve from your accident as well as proper care for your injuries, Then look no further than Vasilaros and Wagner. I promise you that you will not be disappointed.
Amanda Yorde
I had a great experience with Josh Wagner! The whole process was very simple, he was attentive and let me take my time making decisions about my health, which I really appreciate. I never felt pressured or rushed. My case was settled for much more than I anticipated and I owe it all to Josh! Thank you!
James McCarthy
Josh is a really great personal injury. He responded to all of my questions quickly. Josh made the whole process comfortable and streamlined. If you want the best personal injury lawyer in Daytona Beach, Josh Wagner is the guy! Highly recommend.
S K
I highly recommend this firm. Josh made me feel like family, he walked me through every step and made certain that I understood everything. He is always prompt to return phone calls and/or emails. Josh exceeded my expectations in every way. Be sure to call him if need be.
Corwin Butler
The best.... Everyone is very nice and helpful. They don't stop fighting for you. Friendly staff
Teneshia Maxwell
Very professional staff and very prompt when it's time to help. I appreciate you all for your help!
John Bassett
They were super helpful and always extremely nice and informative, highly recomend them to anyone👍🏻
George Allen
I highly recommend Vasilaros Wagner Law firm. They are the best!!
christopher cassata
Joshua and his staff did a great job. Will use them again if needed. Thank You Chris
A.J Harris
You guys are amazing ! Thank You.
MrKizzle340
Excellent service,always there to answer and help in any way.
Thomas Pierce
Josh is a great attorney. Thanks Josh for your help with my case.
Antonio Frazier
I recommend everyone to seek information on this company!! ASAP! I thank you guys again on the help!!!
Roz White
I will not use that law firm again and I will not be able to tell nobody to go to them no no no no
Travis Utter
Great Firm! They treat you like family and go the extra mile to get you what you deserve!!! Thanks Nolan and Steve!
Graham Gilchrist
Josh Wagner is the best personal injury lawyer you will find. I highly recommend him.
Joe Campbell
Top flight professionals, straight talk and no Boloney...
Jenn Elston
Excellent experience and attorneys you can really count on!
Jon Strang
Great company to deal with.
Michelle Miller
Good attorney , !!
Marlisa Woodley
They are completely Awesome!!!!
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