When you find yourself needing a personal injury lawyer, it can be overwhelming trying to find one among the sea of lawyers that are available, and finding one that is reputable, and also has the experience that you need is paramount. It can literally make or break your case. Here are the questions you should always ask when talking to a perspective personal injury lawyer.
Get detailed law experience
Don’t be shy. Any good personal injury attorney should understand your need to make sure that they are reputable. The first question you should ask is how many years they’ve practiced law, and out of those years how many were specifically related to personal injury law experience. And another question related to their experience you should ask is how many cases like yours have they have taken to trial or to settlement. You should always go with a lawyer that has taken several cases like yours all the way to the end. If they have, it’s a great sign they have the skills you’re looking for. And after you’ve heard their law experience, ask how much of their practice focuses on personal injury cases similar to yours.
Paralegal use and return phone call policy
After you asked about their experience, the next thing you should ask a lawyer is who else they will use to work on your case, and if they will use other attorneys or paralegals. If you find out that they will, make sure they will only play a limited role. Also make sure to ask about their policy when it comes to returning phone calls you’ve made to them. Lawyers can be notoriously bad at returning phone calls, so make sure your attorney has a 24 hour turnaround policy on returning all of their client’s phone calls. Even ask if you can have the policy written into your retainer agreement.
Lawyers can be quite the intimidating creatures, but don’t let that stop you from making sure they are the right one for your case. Always make sure you ask the right questions before letting a lawyer take on your case.