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18 questions to ask a personal injury attorney during your case evaluation

18 questions to ask a personal injury attorney during your case evaluation

Deciding which attorney to represent your case can mean the difference between receiving a fair settlement or getting less than you deserve.

Here are 18 questions to ask your lawyer before you hire them, in order to determine if they’d be a good fit for your case or not.

1. Do you accept cases like mine?

Does your lawyer handle cases like yours? If you’ve been in a car accident, does their firm have experience winning car accident cases? Were you bitten by a dog? If so, make sure your lawyer has won dog bite cases before.

2. How much experience do you have with cases like mine?

Experience can make or break your case. How many cases has your lawyer won before? Does he or she have a track record of negotiating fair settlements and winning maximum payouts in court?

3. Do you regularly get results?

Past case results are no guarantee that your case will see equal results, but they’re a good indicator of whether or not a law firm can be successful with your case.

4. Do you take cases to trial?

Contrary to popular belief, personal injury cases usually don’t go to trial. With that said, it’s important that your attorney has experience with taking cases to trial in the event that yours can’t be settled out of court.

5. What is your success rate in court?

Of the cases your attorney has taken to trial, what percent of those were successful? Experienced personal injury attorneys will prepare all cases as if they have the possibility to go to trial, because it ensures the best odds for you, the victim.

6. What are the strengths and weaknesses of my case?

Every case has strong and weak points that your attorney will need to work with in order to achieve a successful outcome. Ask your lawyer right off the bat what sticks out to them regarding your case.

7. Can I see reviews from past clients?

Experienced, successful attorneys should have online reviews, testimonials, or case studies of past clients. These can give you a real, honest opinion of your lawyer that you won’t find elsewhere.

8. Have you won any awards?

Honors and awards don’t paint the full picture, but they can be a sign that your attorney is particularly dedicated to their work and client experience.

9. Who handles my claim?

It’s common for large, mill-like law firms to pass off low-profile clients to assistants and paralegals. Make sure the lawyer you’re talking to (or one of their partners) will be the one handling your injury claim.

10. Is it easy to communicate with you throughout my case?

Your law firm should never leave you wondering about the status of your case. Ask about his or her average response time for email and phone call inquiries.

11. How much will it cost?

Luckily, most personal injury attorneys are paid based on contingency, which means they accept a small portion of your payout after winning your case, and expect you to pay nothing until you win.

12. Are there other costs if I don’t win?

There are costs associated with filing a case that some lawyers won’t reimburse if you happen to lose your case. Ask whether or not you’re responsible for these costs, or if your lawyer has a policy of “pay nothing unless you win.”

13. How much time can you devote to my case?

Many personal injury law firms are overworked, and may not be able to devote enough attention to your case. Find out what their current caseload is, and whether or not your lawyer has the energy to get the best results for your case.

14. How much is my case worth?

It’s tough to estimate the value of a case before a consultation, but your lawyer should be able to offer a ballpark estimate.

15. How long will it take to resolve my injury case?

Personal injury cases can take anywhere from several months to over a year, and this can depend on how complex your individual case is—and how much compensation you’re seeking.

16. Do I need to do anything to help my case?

While some law firms will work with you to resolve your claim, others are full service—meaning they will take care of everything from filing your claim to collecting payment after your case is resolved.

17. What can I do to help my odds right now?

Ask if you should be doing anything right now to improve your odds of success. Your lawyer might suggest obtaining medical documents or crash photos, for example.

18. Where can I find the best attorney for my case?

If you’ve been hurt in Montana, the attorneys at Glacier Law Firm are here to help.

We have experience winning all types of personal injury cases for our clients, from dog bites to car accidents.

Contact us immediately for a free consultation, and let’s figure out the best way to get back on your feet.


Hi I'm Wayne Olson, attorney at Glacier Law Firm. If you've been injured in an accident you've come to the right place. We're here to get you the compensation you deserve.

*The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.

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