5 Questions for Your Personal Injury Attorney
Before you hire a personal injury attorney, you need to make sure they’re the right fit for you. As with any profession, attorneys come from different backgrounds, and not all have your best interest at heart. If you aren’t careful, you might end up working with an attorney who isn’t meeting your requirements, fails to communicate properly, or simply isn’t handling the case in a way you’re comfortable with.
Whatever your situation, make sure you get the answers you need before you hire an attorney for your personal injury case. Prior to hiring an attorney, make sure you ask the following questions:
1. What are your qualifications?
The first thing you need to know about your potential lawyer is whether or not they are qualified to work with you. Find out where your attorney went to school, what area of law they specialize in, and if they have any involvement in the community. Also, make sure your attorney is in good standing with their local bar. You don’t want to work with someone who doesn’t have the minimum legal requirements to represent you.
2. What kind of experience do you have?
There are several different areas of law, so you need to make sure your attorney has experience working on cases just like yours. For personal injury cases, this might mean asking if the attorney has ever worked on a premises liability case involving a swimming pool. Whatever the case, ask your attorney directly and listen to each of their examples.
3. How would you handle my case?
If you are going to be working with this attorney, you need to know that you can rely on his or her advice. Start with asking what they would do for your case or how they would propose you get started, that way you know what the plan would be if you choose to hire them.
4. How do you handle communication with your clients?
Not all attorneys communicate with their clients directly, and even if they do, they might only do so via email or over the phone. Ask how your attorney handles client communication and consider whether or not their method works well with what you require.
5. Who else will be working on this case?
Some cases require additional legal help and support, so ask your attorney if they will call in any additional help for your case. For example, will you also be working with another attorney at the firm, or a specialist that often confers with their office? Whatever the case, it’s a good idea to find out how your case would be handled in their care.
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