Do You Have a “Tort” Case?
When someone else’s careless or intentional action results in injury, property damage, or some other kind of harm, you might have a valid “tort” case. This is a broad area of the law— encompassing everything from car accident cases to defamation - so it’s not always easy to understand your legal options. Talking to a tort attorney could be your best first step toward protecting your rights.
An experienced tort lawyer will be able to answer some key threshold questions: Does insurance cover the underlying incident? What’s the best strategy for proving liability? Does a lawsuit need to be filed?
While most tort cases settle, a fair resolution is no guarantee, so it’s crucial to make sure your case is in capable hands. From navigating the ins and outs of the insurance claim process, to knowing when (and how) to take a case to court, having an experienced tort lawyer on your side can make all the difference.
Looking for a Tort Lawyer?
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Ready to Meet With a Tort Lawyer?
Before hiring a lawyer or law firm, make sure to speak directly—preferably in person—to the attorney who will be primarily responsible for handling your case. Consider bringing to the conversation a list of questions and any documentation related to your case. Remember that you don’t need to hire the first lawyer you consult and that, first and foremost, you want a lawyer you trust.
What to Ask a Tort Lawyer
When gathering your thoughts and documents, think about what you’ll want to ask the lawyer. Consider including on your list questions about:
- the lawyer’s experience with tort cases like yours
- the lawyer’s familiarity with the local court system
- how often the lawyer goes to trial (as opposed to settling)
- who else will work on your case
- attorneys’ fees and other expenses related to the case (including contingency fees and how fees might increase as the case progresses)
- how long the case might take, and
- the lawyer’s initial impressions of your case.