Q & AQuestions to Ask a Contingency Fee Lawyer:
Will you still be my lawyer if the case does not settle?
This is a critical question. There are some car accident lawyers that will meet with you, attempt to settle your case and if they are unsuccessful they will send your case for a lawyer outside of their firm to try. The lawyers at Patterson Law have extensive trial experience and will on occasion collaborate with outside lawyers when it is in the best interest of the client.
How many car accident trials have you tried?
There are many lawyers that practice in several areas, like family, real estate, contract and criminal law. An experienced lawyer is important but the experience with trying your type of case is the most relevant experience. The car accident lawyers George and Maria Patterson have tried over 150 jury trials and over 1,000 judge trials.
Have your fellow lawyers and local judges recognized you as a lawyer with the highest level of skills and ethics?
There are certain honors like an AV rating, Board Certification, and selection to certain organizations that require positive reviews from Judges and fellow lawyers. You will want to select a lawyer that is respected by the Court that will hear your case and is respected by the opposing lawyer. The personal injury lawyers at Patterson Law includes a Board Certified civil trial advocate, a Board Certified truck accident attorney, two top 100 Maryland Super Lawyers, one Top 50 Maryland female Super Lawyer, and two top 100 Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers.
Have you ever lost a trial?
The answer for the car accident lawyers at this firm is yes. Trials are risky but every trial lawyer needs to be prepared and willing to take a case to trial even if it is a difficult case. A lawyer that has never lost a case may have this record due to a lack of experience, a history of terminating representation when cases become difficult, settling cases for less than they are worth, or sending cases that need to be tried to other lawyers. A lawyer that is not afraid to take a case to trial is a lawyer that inevitably will lose a trial. Contingency fees are contingent on the lawyer settling the case or obtaining a verdict. Contingency fees are only reasonable for lawyers that have demonstrated the ability to obtain great settlements and have successfully pursued cases in trial.
Why do contingency fees increase if a lawsuit is filed?
This should be asked of any lawyer that increases contingency fees from 1/3 to 40% if a lawsuit has to be filed. Litigation costs can vary tremendously from case to case as well as from lawyer to lawyer. A lawyer that is willing to invest his funds in a case can improve the chances of a higher verdict and settlement. The contingency fees at Patterson Law are designed to effect the best results for the client whether the matter settles or is tried before a jury.
Will you be my lawyer if my case needs to be tried?
Bowie car accident lawyers, George Patterson and Maria Patterson handle their Maryland car accident cases through trial. It is important to ask any car accident lawyer whether they will be the one that tries your case, if a trial is necessary. George and Maria Patterson have tried over 150 jury trials and hundreds of judge trials. Car accident lawyer George Patterson is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Please review the verdicts and settlements page for a sample of their car accident and personal injury case results.