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What you should ask before hiring a lawyer


If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, or through a high profile accident (such as a construction site accident or shopping mall incident) chances are that you will be inundated with offers to represent your interests in a personal injury lawsuit. Indeed, there are a number of attorneys who want to help you for altruistic reasons, but it ultimately comes down to dollars and cents. If they can get you a favorable settlement, it helps their bottom line as well.

Nevertheless, you still need the experience and expertise of an attorney to help you through the process, especially if the party at fault is not willing to compensate you. But with all the offers before you, how can you choose?

This post will focus on a few questions to ask that can help you decide. 

How long have you handled personal injury cases? – The attorney should be able to explain in detail their experience. The length of time is not always the best indicator, they should talk about why they are successful.  

Of your caseload, what how much is devoted to personal injury? – Some attorneys tout how they are specialists in their field. Depending on the nature of your case, a specialist may be helpful. Conversely, someone who only does a few personal injury cases may not be the one for you.

What is my case worth? – Many potential clients want to hear about how much their case is worth, but a prudent lawyer is more apt to discuss what the strengths and weaknesses of your case is, and not so much how much it is worth.  


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