10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

By: kaplanlaw May 4, 2023 11:42 am

10 Essential Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

If you have been involved in an accident or suffered an injury, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney to represent you in a lawsuit. However, finding the right attorney can be a daunting task. To help you find the best personal injury attorney for your case, we have compiled a list of 10 essential questions that you should ask before hiring an attorney.

1. What is your experience in handling personal injury cases?

It is important to know the experience of your attorney in handling personal injury cases. It would be best if you asked the attorney about the number of cases they have handled, their success rate, and their experience in handling cases similar to yours.

2. What is your approach to handling personal injury cases?

Different attorneys have different approaches to handling personal injury cases. For example, some attorneys prefer to settle cases outside of court, while others prefer to take cases to trial. Therefore, you should ask the attorney about their approach and ensure it aligns with your goals.

3. How do you communicate with clients?

Effective communication is key to a successful attorney-client relationship. For example, you should ask the attorney about their preferred method of communication, how often they will update you on your case, and who you will be communicating with.

4. What is your fee structure?

It is essential to understand the attorney’s fee structure before hiring them. Some attorneys work on a contingency basis, while others charge hourly fees. You should also ask about additional expenses, such as court or expert witness fees.

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5. Have you handled cases similar to mine?

Each personal injury case is unique, but it is helpful to know if the attorney has handled cases similar to yours. This can give you an idea of their experience and success rate in cases like yours.

6. What is the likely outcome of my case?

While no attorney can guarantee a specific outcome, they should be able to give you an idea of the strengths and weaknesses of your case and the likely outcome.

7. How long will my case take?

Personal injury cases can take time to resolve. For example, you should ask the attorney about the estimated timeline for your case and any factors that could affect the timeline.

8. Will you be handling my case personally?

Some law firms may assign your case to a junior attorney or paralegal. However, ask if the attorney you are speaking with will personally handle your case or if it will be assigned to someone else.

9. Can you provide references from past clients?

References from past clients can give you insight into the attorney’s communication, expertise, and overall satisfaction with their clients.

10. What sets you apart from other personal injury attorneys?

Each attorney has their own unique approach and strengths. For example, you should ask the attorney what sets them apart from other personal injury attorneys and why they would be the best choice for your case.

In conclusion, hiring the right personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. 

By asking these ten essential questions, you can find an experienced attorney who communicates effectively and has your best interests in mind.  

Typical Client Meeting at Kaplan Law Office, P.C., Chicago, Illinois Area

 A new prospective client, “Kathy,” comes into the office to discuss her personal injury case.

Assistant, as a law firm representative

Hello Kathy, and welcome to our law firm! We’re glad you chose us to help you with your personal injury case. So, before we dive into the specifics of your situation, I’d like to share a brief personal story to help illustrate how we approach our cases and what you can expect from working with us.

A few years ago, we had a client, let’s call her Jane. She was involved in a car accident that left her with a severe back injury. When she first came to us, she was devastated, not only by her physical pain but also by the emotional and financial burden that she was experiencing. She could not work, and her medical bills were piling up. She felt overwhelmed and unsure of what to do.

From our first conversation, we listened intently to Jane’s story and empathized with her situation. We must understand the whole picture, not just the case’s legal aspects, so we can genuinely support and advocate for our clients.

Throughout the process, we kept Jane informed and involved in every decision, ensuring that she felt heard and empowered. We fought hard for her and, in the end, secured a fair settlement that covered her medical expenses, and lost wages and compensated her for her pain and suffering.

This case was a powerful reminder to us that personal injury cases are not just about the law; they are about the lives and well-being of real people. We take pride in treating every client with compassion, respect, and dedication, and we will do the same for you.

Please tell us more about your situation and how we can help you. We’re here to listen and to provide you with the support and legal expertise you need to navigate this challenging time.

Alex Kaplan of Kaplan Law Offices, P.C

In the Chicago area, Alex Kaplan of Kaplan Law Offices, P.C., is an attorney who can assist you with your personal injury case. Alex Kaplan has engendered a level of trust with his clients due to his compassion for clients, high success rate, and stellar reputation in the personal injury field.

It’s important to feel comfortable and confident in your attorney, so choose Alex Kaplan, who you can trust and have open and honest communication about your case. Call 847-509-9800 or email info@alexkaplanlaw.com to schedule a consultation.

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