Choosing a lawyer to represent you is an important decision and one you should be confident about. How many of us when making a very large purchase, go in and just plop down the money on the first product we see? Not many. It is likely most people spend more time researching a flat screen TV before they buy it than they do researching and spending time interviewing the lawyer they are about to hire, and quite typically, that relationship in a personal injury case is going to go on for years!
ShermoenJaksa Law lead trial lawyer, Jerrod Shermoen states, “You the client are the owner of your case, not the lawyer.” So here are some tips to remember when choosing the right lawyer for you.
- Choose an attorney who has experience taking cases to trial. Many lawyers can be quick to settle which isn’t always in your best interest.
- Make sure your lawyer is attentive during your meetings. This is a good sign that they care about you and your case.
- You are going to be spending a lot of time sharing personal details about your life with your lawyer, you need to feel comfortable with this person.
- Not only do you need to feel comfortable, you need to know you can trust that your lawyer will represent you properly in and out of the courtroom.
When searching for a personal injury lawyer here are seven questions you should be asking before you hire them:
- Do they have trial experience and do they belong to trial organizations?
- Are they prepared to go to trial if necessary?
- How many years of experience do they have working on personal injury cases?
- Their win/loss ratio in jury trials?
- How they bill and do they require any up-front costs?
- What is their knowledge of the medical issues I am facing?
- Do they have the resources to pay for the investigation and costs of my case?
If you end up feeling as though the lawyer you chose is not working out, you can always switch lawyers, but it is sometimes difficult. This is especially true if the case is already in litigation in the court system, as it may be hard to find someone to take the case over or there may be court-imposed restrictions. That is why it is critical to find the right fit on the front end.