5 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer Before Hiring
Posted on behalf of Janet, Jenner & Suggs on June 22, 2017 in Personal Injury
There are many benefits to hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to manage your personal injury claim.
An experienced attorney knows how to conduct a thorough investigation to build a strong case that can help improve your chances of recovering fair compensation. He or she can also manage every aspect of your case, allowing you to focus on recovering from your injuries.
The question is: How do you find an experienced personal injury lawyer who can provide the type of representation you deserve?
Below are five questions to ask prospective attorneys to determine if an attorney has the experience and skill your claim requires.
The Boston personal injury attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have decades of combined experience with personal injury claims and have recovered fair compensation for numerous clients. Schedule a free legal consultation with our attorneys right now.
1. Do You Have Experience Handling My Type of Case?
When you are searching for an attorney to handle your claim, you need to find out how many years of experience he or she has handling claims like yours and what the results have been.
If an attorney has been handling these claims for several years and has recovered millions in compensation, there is a good chance he or she can provide the kind of skilled representation you are seeking.
It is also a good sign if the attorney can cite examples of other cases like yours that he or she has handled. The attorney may not be able to provide a lot of detail but he or she might be able to explain the type of accident and give you an idea of the outcome.
The lawyers at Janet, Janet & Suggs have handled a variety of personal injury claims and recovered millions in compensation, including those involving traffic accidents, medical malpractice and dangerous drugs.
2. Do You Have the Financial Resources to Handle My Case?
Before hiring a personal injury attorney, you need to make sure his or her firm has the financial resources to conduct a thorough investigation to collect evidence to build a strong personal injury case.
In some cases, the investigation is not terribly complicated or expensive. The attorney simply needs to collect medical records, police reports and photographic evidence of the accident and your injuries.
However, other cases are more complex, including medical malpractice cases that can be expensive to investigate and require the hiring of medical experts.
These types of cases require the firm to cover significant upfront costs, so it is important that you determine if your attorney has the resources to thoroughly investigate and build your case.
3. Are You Prepared to Take My Case to Trial if Necessary?
Although the idea of having to go to trial is not ideal for most personal injury victims, a trial is sometimes necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Because of this, it is important that your attorney has experience trying cases in a courtroom. Although many cases settle outside of court, your lawyer should have experience in the courtroom in case a trial is needed to obtain the best outcome for your case.
Whenever you are considering an attorney, ask them the last time they took a case to trial and what the result was. You should also ask how often the attorney takes cases to trial.
Our Boston personal injury lawyers are experienced trial attorneys and have recovered significant courtroom verdicts for our clients. We know what it takes to bring a successful case in court.
4. What is Your Fee?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about personal injury lawsuits.
Personal injury lawyers, including those at Janet, Janet & Suggs, often work on contingency. What this means is that we offer a free initial consultation and do not charge legal fees unless you recover compensation. If we do not recover compensation, you will not be charged legal fees.
However, it is important that you always make sure you are clear about what your attorney’s fees are before you hire him or her. You do not want to receive a surprise bill from the firm.
5. Have You Been Recognized by Any Legal Organizations?
Recognition from legal organizations does not guarantee a positive outcome for your claim. However, it usually demonstrates that an attorney has the necessary skills and is respected by his or her peers.
Multiple attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have been recognized by prestigious legal organizations.
Managing principal Howard A. Janet has received the Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent rating and been included in The Best Lawyers in America® multiple times. Kenneth M. Suggs has also been recognized by these organizations and is a member of The Summit Council, which is composed of the top civil justice attorneys in the nation.
Contact Our Boston Personal Injury Attorneys Right Now
Choosing an attorney is an important decision because the experience and skill of your attorney can have a substantial effect on the success of your claim.
The attorneys at Janet, Janet & Suggs have helped many victims of negligence obtain compensation to help them deal with medical expenses and other damages from their injuries.
If you were injured by someone else’s negligence, schedule a free consultation with our attorneys to find out if we can help with your claim.