Interviewing your Personal Injury Lawyer: Questions to Ask

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Do I need to Interview my Personal Injury Lawyer?

Before you enlist the services of a personal injury attorney, it is very important that you learn basic information about them. This can be done in an informal interview over the phone and through e-mail, before you hire them. 
You should not hesitate to conduct a thorough interview with the lawyer, since you will be working closely with them. The outcome of your personal injury claim will depend on having a solid client-attorney relationship before any litigation actually begins.   

What information should be obtained from the interview?

An interview of your potential lawyer should disclose detailed information in two general areas: information related to the lawyer and information related to your personal injury case. Ideally, you should formulate your own interview using a scripted checklist of questions organized around these two themes. To get you started, here are a few common questions: 

Information related to the Lawyer:

Information related to your PI case: 

These are only general suggestions for possible inquiries- be sure to include any questions or concerns that might be relevant to your specific situation.

Are there any other considerations?

Double check the personal injury attorney’s credentials and confirm that they are validly licensed to practice law in your jurisdiction. You should also be aware that a court can dismiss an attorney if they have a conflict of interest that would impair their ability to represent you. 
Also, in very limited instances, sometimes an additional attorney is needed. For example, some states allow a client to negotiate a separate, unrelated business contract with their current attorney, in which case another attorney may be needed to mediate the contract.
Finally, your communication with your lawyer should not end after the initial interview. Make sure that your attorney will stay in communication with you in order to update you with the progress of your case and inform you of any changes. You should be assured that your lawyer will represent you to the fullest extent possible. 

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Last Modified: 10-25-2012 12:32 PM PDT

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