While all lawyers have similar educational backgrounds, they are quite different from each other in terms of years of experience, the kinds of experiences they have had, their temperaments, and the approach they will take to get your case resolved as quickly possible within the needs of your particular situation. You have a right, and you owe it to yourself, to ask very specific questions to any prospective lawyer about their level of experience, how they would propose your case would be handled, who would be working on your case within the firm, what the firm policy is regarding calling you back when you leave messages for your lawyer, as well as any and all other questions that you may have. Your lawyer might be able to take things for granted because he or she handles many injury cases, but for you and your family, this is likely to be a new experience, an experience you wish had never happened, and something you have many questions about.
What You Should Be Asking a New Personal Injury Lawyer
While you might be calling an injury law firm based on the recommendation of a family member, friend or neighbor, it is still a good idea to talk to a lawyer from the firm before you sign a contract. You have the absolute right to ask about the trial experience of the lawyers for one thing. At the Chicago personal injury law firm of Kurasch & Klein, for example, the lawyers have a combined total of well over 100 jury trials, as well as hundreds of arbitrations, mediations, and negotiations. You should ask a lawyer you are interviewing how many contested matters he or she has personally handled, and whether or not he or she will be involved in working on your case.
You should also ask what the firm’s policy is about answering phone calls from clients, and how long it will take to receive a return phone call when you leave a message for your lawyer. Nothing is more aggravating than trying to reach your lawyer and then not having your call returned promptly. At Kurasch & Klein it is a firm policy to return all calls as quickly as possible because the lawyers at Kurasch & Klein know that any question you have is an important question.