05 Dec 7 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney in an Initial Consult (Pt. 1)
Meeting with a personal injury attorney to talk about your potential case and your best options for financial recovery can provide you with a lot of insight regarding:
- Your best moves for proceeding with a claim.
- Whether or not a specific lawyer may be a good choice to handle your case.
In this three-part blog series, we will point out and discuss some specific questions to ask a personal injury attorney when you meet with him or her for the first time. By keeping these questions in mind and making sure to ask them during an initial consult, you can make sure that you get the information you need out of this meeting so you end up retaining the right lawyer for you and your case.
Here’s What You Should Ask a Personal Injury Attorney…
1. What is your experience handling cases like mine?
Just because a lawyer’s website (or even the lawyer himself) tells you that he has experience handling cases like yours doesn’t necessarily mean that the experience is extensive or good. So, one of the first questions that you should ask a personal injury attorney during your initial consultation should dig a little deeper into the lawyer’s experience.
For example, if an attorney handles motor vehicle accident cases and you were in a motorcycle accident, make sure that you specifically ask if the lawyer handles motorcycle accidents and, if so:
- How long he’s been handling these types of cases
- What his success rate is with these cases.
2. Will you personally be overseeing my case?
Just because you meet with a personal injury attorney for an initial consultation does NOT necessarily mean that (s)he will be the same lawyer handling your case (for any part or all of your case). So, don’t rely on assumptions, and make sure you specifically ask if the lawyer with whom you are speaking will be the legal professional who will bring your case to a resolution.
If not, then ask:
- Who specifically will be overseeing your case
- Whether the person handling your case is a lawyer or a legal assistant
- Whether you can talk to and meet the person who will be handling your case.
If the person you are meeting will be the personal injury attorney handling your case, then figure out how comfortable the personal injury attorney makes you feel and whether you feel as though you can trust this attorney moving forward. Having a lawyer whom you trust can be critical to the process of successfully resolving your case.
For our continued discussion regarding what to ask a personal injury attorney during an initial consult, be sure to look for the additional installments of this blog series that will be posted soon!
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To find out more about how we can help you, call us today at (602) 240-5525 to set up a free, no obligations initial consult with our trusted attorneys. From our offices in Phoenix, we provide superior legal services and representation to clients throughout the state of Arizona.