It is always a good idea to interview a few different personal injury lawyers before you choose which one you want to hire to handle your case. Interviewing candidates allows you to find out their expertise and experience levels, their prices and what strategies they will employ to win your case. Here is what you should ask a personal injury lawyer before you hire them:
- Are you legally able to practice law in my state?
The answer to this question should be “yes”. Don’t forget to ask for proof.
- What is your area of specialization? What kinds of injury cases do you take on?
Personal injury lawyers work in specialized areas, such as medical malpractice claims, worker’s compensations claims, or injuries from defective products. You need to know what kinds of cases they take on so that you will know if they can handle your case.
- Have you handled cases like mine? Is so, what was the result of those cases?
The answer to this question will help you determine the level of knowledge and skill a particular lawyer has in a specific area. It will also give you an idea of how many cases this lawyer has won and what their rate of success is.
- What potential strategies will you use to win my case?
This answer will give you more insight into how the lawyer operates and if they have the necessary skills to win your case.
- What is your current case load? Do you have time to take on my case?
Some firms have lots of manpower and can take on several cases at any given time and still do a good job with them. Other firms or practices have limited manpower and should only accept a few cases at a time. You need to know if the lawyer will have the time to properly work on your case before you hire them.
- Will you be the only lawyer working on my case? If not, who else will be handling my case and what are their qualifications?
It is important to know exactly who will be handling your case and if they are qualified to do so.
Taking the time to properly interview a personal injury lawyer before you hire them will help ensure that you pick the right person for the job.