A Personal Injury Lawyer Interview
The list of accidents and injuries is long for legal representation in injury law. There are numerous circumstances for which an attorney you seek can represent you. There are experienced lawyers in disability claims, paraplegic cases, spinal cord lawsuits, slips, trips or falls because of icy conditions, car accidents, product liability, brain injuries and social security disability claims. It is up to you to interview a personal injury lawyer with a background in case work which includes your specific injuries or accident.
A list of the right questions to ask an attorney can be narrowed down before the interview to select the best pin pointing inquires. There are a few areas which will be important to you when hiring an attorney.
Inquire about the number of years an attorney has practiced injury law. Experience is the winning factor and you should want the attorney with the most involvement in the area of law in which you are pursuing a lawsuit. It is best to know the depth of his exposure for the specific area you are seeking representation.
The next two questions can be asked in a conjoint inquiry. Note how many cases were decided in the clients favor in similar trials. Next, it is crucial to know what the attorney believes is your probability for winning. After all, your risks are high and you are depending on the lawsuit to cover your doctor bills and lost wages. There can be other awards forthcoming in the suit of which you are not aware.
Currently, most attorneys ask for a percentage of the settlement as a fee. You should study his answer in comparison with other attorneys you interview. Because you have an idea of the possible settlement, you can make a quick calculation to determine that enough will remain to cover your needs. This might be a good time to communicate to an attorney the amount you think you will need in the future depending how long the trial or mitigation requires.
Another advantage you might find in hiring the right attorney is his flexibility to come to you to collect the facts of the accident or injury. It is not uncommon for injured clients to be home bound and not able to travel to the office of the attorney.
The regular communication style used by the attorney is a great question. Inquire if your attorney or his staff makes phone calls to you for information or does he prefer email, fax or regular post? If you are part of a product liability suit there may be many cases represented at one time in court. Attorneys often send mail overnight or registered to track inquiries made and received in such large lawsuits.
In review these inquires listed above can be important to your entire case in addition to the sometime obvious questions regarding his status to practice law from the Bar Association and his reputation in the injury law field. All these things you can discover when you interview a personal injury lawyer during a meeting or phone conversation.