Many people ask, what are the questions they want answered when they’re interviewing a lawyer. This is a great initial question, as you will not be able to select the best lawyer to handle your case unless you know what questions you need to ask in order to research the issue.
Here, our experienced San Jose personal injury attorneys have put together a list of seven important questions that you should consider asking a lawyer before hiring them to handle your case.
1. Do you specialize in the field of personal injury and wrongful death or do you do a little of that, a little criminal, a little estate planning?
You’re always better off hiring a specialist. In the modern world, there are many lawyers that dabble in many different areas of law. This is means that when they get a personal injury claim, they may only have handled a few similar cases in the recent past. By working with a firm that is dedicated to fighting for injured victims, you can be confident that you have found a lawyer who is truly the right to right pick to represent your interests.
2. What are your honors?
The next, related, questions are, Are you a lawyer who has been selected by your peers to Super Lawyers or Best Lawyers in America? Are you a preeminent lawyer with Martindale-Hubbell or at least rated AV? And, if you can get a lawyer or a law firm that is honored by all three of those organizations you are getting yourself a top flight lawyer. Ultimately, you want a lawyer who has distinguished themselves in the legal field and been honored for their achievements.
3. How many verdicts have you had? How many settlements have you had? And how many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements?
You also want to know, even if your case is not a multi-million dollar case, the lawyers who have those multi-million dollars in verdicts typically are the top in their field and garner the most respect from the insurance defense industry.
Of course, we all know that past success does not guarantee future results. However, past success is still a very good barometer that can be used to assess the attorney that you are dealing with. Additionally, if you have substantial damages, you will want to be sure to work with a lawyer who has handled high-dollar claims before. This is important because there are unique considerations involved in these cases.
4. Do you have experience handling similar claims?
Related to the previously discussed issue of specialization, it is always best to work with a lawyer who has experience handling personal injury cases that are similar to your specific claim.
For example, if you were hurt in a San Jose bicycle accident, ideally, you will want to work with an attorney who has previous experience handling California bike accident injury claims.
5. What is your legal strategy?
It is a good idea to ask your attorney a quick question about their basic legal strategy and the claims process in general. Through their answer, you will be able to assess their competence for handling your claim as well as their ability to clearly explain the circumstances to you. The bottom line: You do not want to work with a lawyer who you cannot understand.
6. What is the range of possible outcomes?
In legal cases, no specific outcome can ever truly be guaranteed. That is simply not how the legal process works. You need to hire a lawyer who can reasonably assess the range of possible outcomes in your case, without making any false promises to you. An attorney who guarantees a specific result is likely not a reliable partner.
7. What will the fees and expenses be?
Finally, you should always consider the legal fees and costs associated with bringing a legal claim. At GJEL Accident Attorneys, we take on all claims on a contingency fee basis. For our clients, this means no upfront costs, and no financial risks. To learn more about this fee structure, or how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact our office today at 1-855-508-9565 to schedule a free review of your claim.