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Chapter Eight How To Hire a Lawyer For Your Truck Crash Case: Questions You Should Ask

“Win Your Truck Crash Case And Avoid The Surprises That Can Wreck It”

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Choosing a lawyer is tough – how do you know who to get? You want the best you can get, to be treated nicely and fairly, and to get the full value of your damages as quickly as possible. Here are some questions you should ask a lawyer before hiring them:

  • Are you going to handle my case personally?
  • I know you say, ‘No Fee if No Recovery’ and I get a free consultation, but if you lose my case are you going to want me to pay at least your expenses?
  • Do I really have no obligation whatsoever if we do not win my case?
  • Do you go to court, take depositions, and fight these cases or do you just sign these up and let your associates do the work?
  • Do you file lawsuits and try cases, or are we just going to collect a bunch of documents, send them to the claims adjuster and settle this case cheaply?
  • Have you actually litigated and tried these kinds of cases?
  • Do you continue to train and keep up with your trial skills?
  • Do you have a reputation in the legal community and with claim adjusters and defense lawyers that you will fight to the very end for a case to ensure that you get the full value of the settlement of the claim, rather than a reduced value?
  • Do you have a packet of information (published articles, books, pamphlets, etc.) to educate me about your firm so that I know that you will be able to strongly represent my interests?
  • Are you going to look to try to get 50, 60, or 70% of my damages, or are you going to try your hardest to get 100% of my damages from the defendant?
  • Do you have experience in winning difficult liability cases, pursuing claims where injuries are severe, finding additional insurance where no one else thought there was any, thinking outside the box, investigating claims, and being aggressive to ensure that we get a fair recovery?
  • How long have you been practicing in this field of law?
  • Have you ever handled a case similar to mine before?
  • What would previous clients say about you?

Here are several additional questions to ask:

  • What are the possible outcomes of my case?
  • Will you be able to assist me in finding good medical care?
  • Will you be able to fight my liens for my insurance company or others who want to take money away from my case?
  • Do you charge additional money for fighting liens or if I have to get a loan or any other matter other than the percentage that you promised me?
  • Are you willing to take my case for a lower percentage than what you have quoted?
  • Are expenses included in your fees?
  • Will you let me know what is going on with my case in a timely manner?
  • Will you answer my phone calls and communicate with me?
  • What style approach will you take–aggressive and zealous?
  • Although I certainly want to settle my case, will you make sure I get all the money I can?
  • Who else in your office will be working on my case?
  • Can I have your personal cell phone number and email address so I can communicate with you about my case?
  • What qualifications do you have to handle my case?
  • Is my case so small because I do not have much medical that I would put more money in my pocket if I call the insurance company directly?
  • Will you give me some guidance on how to settle with the insurance company without having to pay you?
  • Can you really add value to my case even if it is a smaller case?
  • Is this a serious enough injury where I should get a lawyer?
  • Do you as a lawyer have the right experience and resources?
  • How is your firm’s track record?
  • What kind of reputation to do you have?
  • Do you have any certifications or peer awards?
  • If I terminate my representation of you before the matter is resolved, do I have to pay you?
  • Will you be responsible for my case or will I be assigned to another lawyer? Or will you work as a team with other lawyers?
  • Who is my primary contact?
  • What is the best way to communicate with you?
  • How are you going to tell me about what is going on with my case?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How strong is my case?
  • What are the weaknesses of my case?
  • How busy is your caseload will you have enough time for mine?

Questions to Ask Yourself:

  • Do I feel comfortable with this lawyer?
  • Is this lawyer trying to hard sell me or is it obvious that they are a robust business and having them as a teammate to fight your claim would be beneficial?
  • Do I have a claim?
  • Does this lawyer present me with the best opportunity to win my case?
  • Does this lawyer just want my money or are they really trying to help me?
  • Does this attorney have the proper experience to pursue my claim?

Remember that lawyers are just like any other business and should not be shy about discussing with the client their experience, results, how robust their team is, and any other question a potential client asks. At Burger Law, we put our results on our website, describe our work and how much we are in trial, depositions and in court, work with each other to communicate well with each other and our clients, and keep honing our legal and trial talent through study and teaching. Our website has videos and material of the many legal education classes I put on to teach other lawyers what I have learned, the podcast I created called Lawyer v. Lawyer, and many other resources. We are proud to match our dedication and success rate to any other lawyers.

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