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.
Whether by phone, in person, or online, preparing for your initial consultation is important.
Prior to discussing your potential claim with a personal injury attorney, it is valuable to put together a timeline of key events. Your attorney will almost certainly ask you the following questions: