Despite the fact that after a serious injury you may be in pain or under a lot of anxieties, it is important to do your homework well on choosing the right personal injury attorney, right away.
Here are a few questions you should use as your basic metrics to assess your Chosen Lawyer:
1. What is your area of practice?
Many law firms handle multiple types of law. Personal Injury law requires many skills, expertise and much needed resources, which may not be available to most Attorneys. Try to hire a lawyer who is experienced in dealing with Personal Injury Law and has the courteous, professional and compassionate staff to help you deal with your pain and anxieties better.
2. Do you have past experience in handling a similar case as mine?
Court of Law is not the place that a novice lawyer should learn the art and craft of Great lawyering, at your expense. Your Chosen Lawyer must have a verifiable track record of successful outcomes with similar cases. Although, each case must and will be adjudicated based on its own facts and merits, Experience could make a huge difference.
3. What is your current workload?
Although, this is a double edged question, an honest answer could give you some parameters of assessment. You don't want a law firm that is taking just about anyone knocking on their door. Thus they spend a lot of their resources and time on low value cases... In the meantime, you don't want a law firm that no one can afford either. In any case, knowing the current workload of the attorney you are considering to retain, will help you gauge how much attention they will pay you and your case.
4. Will the lawyer be consulting directly with you?
There are attorneys who don't want to speak with clients directly. They usually have their investigators, paralegals or other stuff members to deal with you. As a Lawyer and founder of www.ChosenLawyer.com, I believe it is highly important that you communicate with your attorney directly rather than get lost in paperwork or translations of he said and she said business. If the attorney you are interviewing is not open to reasonable direct communication with you, move on to the next candidate.
Despite the fact that I personally seek, assess and choose our Chosen Lawyers, I must say that it is always important for you not to discount your own personal assessment about your Chosen Lawyer. If you feel, he or she does not give you the attention, you deserve, you should keep on searching.
Remember, no Competent, Credible and Committed Lawyer is allowed to lawfully Guarantee you a successful outcome; but they can guarantee you professional, respectful and committed effort: Demand it!