What questions should you ask your personal injury lawyer? You already got 7 from us, and here are 6 more to make sure you hire the best one for you.
Last month, you got Questions to ask a personal injury lawyer before you hire one.
The answers to those questions help you nail down which injury lawyer in Dallas to hire. But they won’t quite give you the “full picture” of the lawyer you should retain. To make the definitive choice for yourself, there’s some other questions you should ask too.
To those 7, add these:
- Have you ever been suspended from practicing law? Why?
If your personal injury lawyer answers “yes” to this one, ouch! Time to find someone else. It takes quite grievous errors in legal practice (or any profession for that matter) to have your professional license suspended.
- Do you have references I can contact?
Every lawyer, new and experienced, should come up with at least 2-3 right off the top of their head. Generally, with more experienced lawyers, you won’t need to ask this question because you know based on their other credentials they can do the job.
If they plead “client confidentiality,” ask them for names of other lawyers or court reporters.
- What contingency fee do you charge?
Most firms charge 33.3% (1/3). In some rare cases, you can find ones that charge even less.
- When can you actually start work on my case?
This floats below the radar of the average person. You know those lawyers that advertise all the time?
Often, they take on your case and then file the suit 12-18 months later right before the statute of limitations ends. They do it because they’re so busy. It’s not the end of the world because they still do the legal work for you.
But, if you have mounting medical costs and need a way to pay those sooner rather than later, that time hurts!
- Do you try cases in court, or do you aim to settle most out of court?
Now, you want to hear your Dallas injury attorney prepares every case as if it’s going to go to trial.
And if the defendant thinks you’re ready to do that, they’ll likely settle faster and for a higher amount. That’s because no one wants to go to court – it costs money and takes a lot of time.
Most personal injury suits settle out of court (90% or so), but you want a lawyer that prepares for all-out war.
- Have you won any awards or distinctions?
If you want the absolute best personal injury lawyer available, this is the question to ask. Super Lawyers hands out awards to the best lawyers in any state – and the nation. VerdictSearch recognizes the largest verdicts at the end of the year.
With those 6 questions, and the other 7 from the previous post, you have all the information you need to pick the perfect Dallas personal injury lawyer for your needs.