8 Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney during an Initial Consult (Pt. 1)

April 20, 2015

Asking a Montgomery personal injury attorney these questions can help you retain the right lawyer to represent you. Contact us for the best personal injury representation.

Asking a Montgomery personal injury attorney these questions can help you retain the right lawyer to represent you. Contact us for the best personal injury representation.

When you’ve been hurt by another’s negligence or recklessness, standing up for rights and pursuing a personal injury case can be pivotal to obtaining a sense of justice, as well as the financial recovery you need and likely deserve. While you can try to go at it alone, doing so with the help of an experienced lawyer – like an esteemed Montgomery personal injury attorney at Joe M. Reed & Associates, LLC – can give you the best chances of securing the best possible outcomes to your case.

Once you’ve decided to retain a lawyer, however, the next step will be retaining the right attorney to represent you. This is an important choice because you will need to be able to trust and rely on your lawyer moving forward – possibly even for months or years, depending on the complexity of your case.

As you focus on picking the right personal injury lawyer for you, meeting with your top options and asking the questions we’ll point out in this blog series can help you:

  • Learn more about each of the lawyers you are considering
  • Determine who will be your best choice
  • Be confident that your case is in the right hands.

Here’s What to Ask a Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney

1 – Do you have experience with cases like mine? And do you have trial experience?

Although a lawyer’s or law firm’s website may state that a legal professional has experience with “personal injury cases,” this is a very broad area of law. So, be sure to clarify whether the Montgomery personal injury attorney with whom you are meeting has handled cases similar to yours. If the lawyer has, then follow up this question by asking about his or her:

  • Trial experience – While most personal injury cases are resolved prior to trial, this doesn’t mean your case won’t have to go to trial; so, make sure the lawyer has some litigating experience.
  • Success rate – Just because an attorney handles cases like yours doesn’t mean (s)he is able to successfully resolve them. So, ask about the lawyer’s success rate. Consider it a red flag if a lawyer doesn’t know his or her success rate with these cases (as this may be an indirect way of telling you that (s)he is not generally successful with such cases).

2 – How often will I be updated about my case?

Even relatively straightforward personal injury cases can take some time to resolve, and over this time, you will likely want to be updated about the progress of your case. This means that you will want a Montgomery personal injury attorney who is responsive and communicative. So, ask the lawyer you meet with about his or her communication habits during cases, as well as how often you can expect updates.

You may also want to ask about responsiveness to future calls and/or emails, as you may end up having questions later, and you need to know if you can rely on that lawyer to promptly follow up with you.

For some more questions to ask a Montgomery personal injury attorney, be sure to read the two additional parts of this blog series – they will be posted soon.

Birmingham and Montgomery Personal Injury Attorney at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC 

When others’ negligence, recklessness or carelessness ends up hurting you or someone you love, you can count on a Birmingham and Montgomery personal injury attorney at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC to be aggressive advocates for your rights.

To meet with one of our lawyers today at no cost or obligation, call us at (334) 834-2000, or email us using the contact form at the top of this page. Initial consultations are free in most cases, and evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.

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