Interview your prospective personal injury lawyer

By Robert Henry posted 01-02-2021 00:16


Don’t hire a legal expert to handle your case before you interview them. How else would you know they’re the right fit for your case?

This article includes a series of questions you should ask a personal injury lawyer before you hire them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that only because you have a good case, you don’t have to hire an experienced professional because someone who lacks experience can lose even a strong case. During the interview, focus on some questions that reveal if the expert in front of you has the skills and abilities your case requires

What kind of cases do you handle daily?

Some personal injury lawyers do a little of everything. Their cases may include slip and fall accidents, medical malpractice, dog bites, or car accidents. But when they don’t handle claims similar to yours on a regular basis, you’re at a disadvantage, no matter how strong your case is. It takes an expert to evaluate your case and identify its strengths and weaknesses. This is why it’s always best to hire personal injury lawyers that have handled cases similar to yours in the past and won them in court. 

How long have you been working in this field?

A rookie can win a case and help you with your compensation claim, but it’s best to collaborate with a seasoned personal injury lawyer because they have experience in the court. Most experts charge the same fee for all clients, no matter how long they work in this area of practice. This means that you can hire someone with a year of experience or a professional with 20 years for the same money. And as you’ve already guessed, experience helps in personal injury law as in all other domains. 

Do you try cases in court? Do you settle them out of court? Do you refer to other specialists when the cases have to go to trial?

You should always ask this question when you hire a lawyer, no matter what type of case you handle. There is only a way to get the compensation you deserve, and that is to show the insurance provider that you’re willing to take the case to court if they’re not fair. The only way you can secure a lasting peace is to prepare for war. 

When you work with an expert who always settles cases out of the court, the insurance provider will offer you the minimum amount of claim because they’re aware the lawyer is afraid to go to trial. The insurance company already knows the personal injury lawyers who are willing to fight for their clients because chances are, they don’t meet for the first time. A professional will go to court and try your case in an old-fashioned way, in front of a jury and judge. But only because your personal injury lawyer recommends you to settle for the compensation you get out of the court, it doesn’t mean they’re unreliable. They analyzed your case and consider that it’s best to accept the offer because you’d spend more time and money if you’d go to trial.