6 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney

While searching the internet and reading various personal injury lawyers’ websites can be helpful in finding a personal injury attorney, it is a face-to-face meeting, rather than a fancy website, that will ultimately enable you to discern if the attorney will have your best interests at heart.

To help you get the most from your interview and to find the best help available for your unique circumstances, here are 6 important questions to ask when choosing a personal injury attorney.

1. How much experience do you have with personal injury cases like mine?

Ask whether the attorney has experience in cases similar to yours. For example, if you are interviewing a medical malpractice attorney, ask if he or she has experience relevant to your particular medical malpractice injury. Also, ask about the number of medical malpractice cases they have handled.

Ask how many years they have been practicing, how many cases they have taken to trial, and what percentage of those cases were successful. Finally, ask what percentage of those cases were settled early, or without going to trial.

2. Do you exclusively deal with personal injury cases?

Ask how much of their practice is dedicated to personal injury cases. This is a very complicated area of law and if an attorney also practices in several other areas of law, he or she may not be as effective as an attorney who solely or primarily practices personal injury law.

3. How much will this cost me?

Most personal injury lawyers charge on a contingency basis, which means that your fee will be based on a percentage of the amount of money your attorney collects for you. Ask what that percentage will be. Are there are any other costs that you will be responsible for? How will fees be calculated when your case is settled? Will you pay more the longer the case takes to settle?

Ask what happens if the case is unsuccessful. Will you owe them any money? Particularly ask about the repayment of disbursements. This is money that the law firm will spend during the handling of your case for things such as medical experts, private investigators, photocopying and courier services. Will you owe for these disbursements if your case is unsuccessful?

4. How long will it take to settle my case?

The length of time it will take to settle your personal injury case will depend on a number of different factors that are difficult to discern early on, primarily the nature and extent of your injuries and whether you need to go to trial. But, an experienced attorney may be able to give you a reliable estimate of how long your personal injury case may take based on his or her handling of similar cases in the past.

5. Who will be handling the case?

Often with larger law firms, your case will be handed off to an associate lawyer, another partner or somebody else. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, you just want to know who will be doing most of the work, and whom you will be most in contact with––the attorney you are speaking with, a different attorney in the firm, or even a paralegal.

6. What is your firm’s communication policy?

This relates to how you will be able to contact your attorney and how quickly they will respond. You want an attorney who works tirelessly on your behalf, who communicates with you frequently and who attends to your needs promptly––not one who is slow to return your phone calls or emails.

You should feel free to ask any questions you have. You should also pay attention to the personal chemistry between you and the lawyer. No matter how experienced and well recommended a lawyer may be, if you feel uncomfortable in his or her presence, you may never develop a good attorney-client relationship. So, trust your instincts and seek an attorney whose personality is compatible with yours.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Jacobs Law, LLC helps people who have suffered from a wide range of life-changing injuries. If you are looking for an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney to represent you in your claim for compensation, contact us online or call toll free at (317) 794-2024 to schedule a free consultation. You’ll pay no fees until you recover compensation for your injuries.