Questions You Should Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer Before Hiring Them

Gavel with Question Mark1. Do you limit your practice to personal injury, how many years have you practiced and have you handled cases like mine? Not all personal injury lawyers are alike. And personal injury law is too complex for someone who just dabbles in it. Experience counts. It takes years of handling injury cases and of negotiating with insurance companies before a lawyer understands the tactics and strategies.

2. Have you written a book or free reports about my kind of accident, like car accidents or falls for instance? If so, request the lawyer send you their information to find out what they have to say.

3. Do you have videos on YouTube explaining the issues in my case? If so, watch the videos to see if the lawyer is someone you would like to work with.

4. What is your rating on Martindale.com and AVVO.com? You want a lawyer rated AV Preeminent on Martindale, the most respected nationwide peer review lawyer rating services. Look for a lawyer with a 10 Superior rating on AVVO, another nationwide rating service.

5. Do you have significant settlements and wins at trial? Ask the lawyer to send you their verdicts and settlements.

6. Who in your office will I be dealing with directly and how long have they worked with you? Make sure the lawyer’s assistant is a Certified Paralegal.

7. If you need to speak to the lawyer, will they return your phone calls promptly? The number one complaint by clients nationally is the lawyer not communicating with their client and not returning their phone calls.

Jim Dodson
A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.