FAQs

 
Hiring a personal injury attorney is important, but it’s also an emotional time. I’m sure you have questions about the process.
Why do I need to hire a personal injury attorney?
If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may have incurred medical bills for doctors, specialists, and medications. You may have to make adjustments to your lifestyle to accommodate your injuries, or you may be unable to live life as you did previously. By working with an attorney, you have a better chance of gaining compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and a diminished quality of life.

If you communicate directly with an insurance company, you will likely find that they don’t always provide victims with a fair settlement. That’s because they want to minimize expenses. To ensure that you do receive all of the compensation that’s due to you, it’s smart to hire an experienced personal injury attorney who will either negotiate a fair settlement or argue your case in court.

Why should I choose you instead of another attorney?
There’s no doubt that you’ve seen television ads, billboards, and web banners for many high-profile attorneys. Unfortunately, in many of those large firms, your case is one of many. The junior attorney or paralegal to whom your case is assigned has a large caseload and wants to move things off their desk quickly. You are a number, not a person.

I have more than 45 years of experience in the area of personal injury cases, and I don’t lose in court. I answer my own phone and make myself available for you because I am committed to getting you the best possible outcome. Because of my experience, I know all of the intricacies of the law and have worked with most of the insurance carriers, so I know exactly what they need. I’ll fight for you personally.

How much does it cost to hire you?
As with any personal injury attorney, I do not get paid upfront. You hire me to represent you and argue your case on a contingency basis. When the case is settled or receives a judgment in court, I receive a percentage of that final settlement. If you don’t get compensated, neither do I. That’s why it’s in both of our best interests for me to get you the best payout I possibly can.
What questions should I ask of a potential personal injury attorney?
There are probably many things going through your head during this emotional time. It can be challenging to think of questions to ask, so here are a few to get you started:

  • Do you specialize in a particular area of law?
  • Have you handled cases like mine? What kinds of outcomes did you have?
  • Will you be the only attorney working on my case? If not, who else will be helping?
  • If I don’t like the settlement that’s offered, will you take my case to court?
  • Will you take my case on a contingency basis?
  • How long do you think it will take to resolve my case?
  • How can I help you be more successful when working on my case?
  • Will you keep me informed of my case’s progress? How?
  • What’s the best way for me to contact you?
  • If I need to leave a message, how long will it take for you to call me back?

You may also want to speak to a few different attorneys until you get the answers you want.

Why should I trust you over the bigger firms I see on TV?
When you work with a large firm, you’ll be assigned to an attorney, many of which are responsible for a number of cases and clients—sometimes up to 300. Clearly, they are not available to speak with you, listen to your concerns, or answer questions. That means that cases are oftentimes handled by paralegals and secretaries, not the attorneys themselves.

When you work with me, you literally work with me. I answer my own phone and emails, and I am available when you need me. I manage my caseload so I can keep your needs front and center. In short, I have a personal relationship with all of my clients. That’s why they come back and send their referrals to me.

Do you handle cases other than personal injury?
Not very often. My specialty is personal injury law, and most of my clients have been injured in a vehicular accident. By narrowing my focus, I have gained intimate knowledge of the law and know the strategies that will help you get the best possible settlement.

My Fees

Usually, when you hire an attorney, you have to pay a retainer or hourly fee upfront. That’s not the case when you work with me. As a personal injury attorney, I am hired on a contingency basis. My payment comes as a percentage of your final settlement. So if you don’t get paid, I don’t get paid. That’s just one more reason that I will fight to get you everything you deserve.

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As a personal injury attorney with 47+ years’ experience, Mike specializes in helping clients who have suffered personal injuries. Read more about personal injuries here.
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The best time to start working on your case is when information is fresh in your mind and before you have made any arrangements with your insurance company.

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Michael J. Lyding

Personal Injury Attorney - Fighting for You for 48+ Years

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