Deciding on the Right Attorney: Questions to Ask
- Does the attorney have experience with my type of personal injury case?
- Has the attorney handled similar cases on a regular basis, or only occasionally?
- Is the attorney willing to share the results of his or her previous cases — the good, the bad and the ugly — that are similar to my case?
While attorneys are often happy to tell prospective clients about their case victories, they should also be willing to answer questions about cases they ultimately lost. Keep in mind that not every case can be resolved favorably for every client. Learning about an attorney’s “lost” cases, however, may provide insight into whether this attorney is the right one for your case. It may tell you something about the attorney’s honesty, and it may help you determine what the attorney learned that would benefit you in your pursuit of justice for your injury. It is the attorney’s overall practice of law that you will want to consider.
(Excerpt taken from Doug Dykes’ new book, Pursuing Justice for the Injured.)