When you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, you want an attorney that not only makes you feel comfort but that has the experience to win your case. Many lawyers will give a free consultation that you can use to discuss the case and decide if they fit your needs. Here are 4 questions to ask a personal injury lawyer.
What are the types of cases you handle?
Personal injury lawyers often specialize in specific types of cases. Finding a law firm that specializes in your type of injury, that is also familiar with local court systems and the particular type of liability that applies to your case. Bear in mind that many liability claims will overlap with other types of law. Here is a real world example, a firm that often takes cases dealing with medical malpractice will have insight into cases involving hospitals.
Have you handled cases like mine in the past?
You want a firm that has the right experience to win your case, inquiring about previous experience will help you determine if that have it. Accidents and personal injury claims can happen under a pretty big umbrella of circumstances. If your injury happened in the workplace then you want a firm that specialize in those cases. The same thing applies to auto accidents. You want a firm with a record of handling similar cases.
What is their current case load?
Some law firms have relevant experience because they have a large volume of cases, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. If the law firm has a heavy case load they may be inclined to seek a settlement that won’t be in your best interest. In addition law firms with a heavy case load may not have the time to look into the case as thoroughly as you wish. Your lawyer is ethically obligated to represent their clients, but they are limited in the number of cases they can handle at any given time.
Will I be able to speak with you personally about my case?
Dealing with a large law firm means you will interact with support staff such as investigators and paralegals. Smaller firms will offer you the chance to speak with the actual attorney and it means that you are getting attention paid to your case. The attorney you ultimately hire will be the same person who represents you in court should the matter not be settled first. After you comfortable with the attorney representing you in court?
After you speak with an attorney, you also need to understand how personal injury claims work, here is a video that will explain how these cases typically work.