Questions to ask your personal injury lawyer
You were in a bad accident and received injuries. You are thinking of hiring a personal injury lawyer. There are many lawyer ads on television, but you are not sure that hiring the lawyer that advertises the most, translates into their being the best lawyer for your case. You want to intereview with several injury lawyers before making a choice, and am not sure what to ask at the initial interview. Here are some questions you should ask, or at least be provided with information that they answer your questions for you.
- How long have you been in practice?
- Do you practice in other areas of the law, and if so, in what areas?
- How many accident cases do you handle in a year?
- How many accident cases have you handeled in your entire career?
- Have you handled an accident case just like mine?
- Have you received any awards or accolades for your being a personal injury lawyer?
- What professional groups do you belong to as a personal injury lawyer?
- Will you be personally handling my case, or will my case be handled by a para legal or younger associate in your office?
- How will you communicate with me and how often should I expect to hear from you?
- What is your response time with returning phone calls or e mails?
- If I need to see you after hours, or on a weekend, can you accomodate me?
- How often do you go to court?
- How many cases have you tried in your career?
- Have you tried a case just like mine?
- When was the last time you tried a case to a jury?
- What is your philosophy when it comes to settling a case as opposed to litigating a case? Will you make a good faith effort to have my case settled?
- Have you ever recevied any disciplinary action by the office of lawyer regulation and if so, for what?
- How will my medical bills be paid?
- What do I do if I can’t work and pay my bills during the pendency of my treatment?
- Will you help me take care of the property damage portion of my claim and if so, is there a fee for that?
- How many times can I expect to see you in the office to discuss the case while you are representing me?
- How will settlement offers be conveyed to me and what is my input with either agreeing to settle or rejecting an offer?
- What if you and I do not agree on the value of the case or what the settlement should be?
- Will I receive paper work on my case from your office on a periodic and regular basis.
- Will all offers of settlement, good or bad, be conveyed to me?
- Can you explain how the 1/3 fee works and will I be required to sign a written fee agreement?
- What happens to the 1/3 fee agreement, if I change my mind and want to select a new lawyer?
All of these are good and legitimate quesitons for you to be concerned about as a consumer. No lawyer should be offended to try to answer these questions for you, so you can make an informed choice on hiriing a personal lawyer who is not only experienced, but promises to provide the best service to you and to keep you informed on all details of the case during the representation.