19 Tough Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing the right lawyer for your case is critical. You want a lawyer who is experienced in the area of law which your case involves. You want a lawyer respected by the legal community and the local court system. You want a lawyer with a proven track record of satisfied clients. Below is a list of questions to help you find the right lawyer for you.

  1. How long have you been practicing in the specific field of accident and injury law?
  2. What percentage of your practice is devoted to accident and injury law?
  3. Have you previously represented people with injuries similar to mine?
  4. Do you have investigators and expert witnesses who will help in cases with my type of injury?
  5. Can you refer me to a physician who can provide treatment for my injuries?
  6. Can you help me with my property damage claim and get a rental car for me?
  7. Will you pay all of the costs of preparing my case?
  8. Will you handle my case on a percentage fee basis?
  9. Are you a member of the trial lawyer's governing board?
  10. Are you board certified as a civil trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy?
  11. If I cannot come to your office, will you personally come to my home or office?
  12. Will you discuss my case with me over the telephone?
  13. Are you a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California?
  14. Are you a member of the American Association of Trial Attorneys?
  15. If the insurance company doesn't offer a fair settlement, are you willing to take my case to trial?
  16. Can I see your track record of successfully resolved cases?
  17. Will you be personally handling my case or will other lawyers or paralegals in the office handle it?
  18. Do you sit as a judge pro tem for the local court system?
  19. Do you have client references which you can provide to me?