Here is the scenario, you have been recently injured by someone else’s negligence (we will explain what this means later). This has never happened before and you are not sure what to do next. You remember a commercial on the tv from some lawyer so you decide to give him a call.
How should this conversation go? Should I just hire him because of his tv ad?
You do not just need to hire an attorney because you saw him on a television ad. Hiring a lawyer is a very important decision and a decision that will matter years from now.
So, you now know you shouldnt just hire the tv lawyer, but what do you do when you speak to him?
Solution: Here are 5 questions you should ask any potential Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer to represent you
- What is your experience?
- What are your results?
- How many cases do you have?
- How often will you update me on my case?
- Are you afraid to go to trial?
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What is your experience?
This is the first and most important question you need to ask. You want a Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer who has handled many cases before and not someone who is just figuring out what to do. You want someone who can explain the entire process to you so that you know where your case is, where your case is going and where your case should end up. If the lawyer cannot give you an outline to this process then you need to look around for another one.
What are your results?
Now, let me start by saying we are not concerned with a total dollar amount. Rather, we want to looking for cases settled and cases tried. Many lawyers try to sale their services by saying they have recently settled a case for $300,000. They do this to try to draw people in who are only looking at the dollar amount. (It is important to note that 99% of cases will not come close to that amount). The answer to this question will tell you what kind of lawyer you are dealing with, a dollar and cents lawyer or a lawyer who is generally concerned with your well being.
How many cases do you have?
It’s no secret that many tv lawyers are known for the quantity of their work, and not their quality of work. If an attorney is getting 20 cases a week then where do you fit in this equation? Are you being viewed as another statistic? You want someone who will remember you, someone who will check in with you and someone who is looking out for your best interests.
How often will you update me on my case?
You have probably noticed that these questions have a similar tone to them. You want a lawyer to be there for you, to fight for you and to care for you. Not an attorney to push your case to settle immediately. A Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer needs to be able to update you along the way. This goes back to explaining the process that I mentioned earlier. (Learn more on the Personal Injury Process here). Make sure you hire an attorney who will let you know where your case is and where you are going.
Are you afraid to go to trial?
This could be the most important question. Now, let me start by saying two things: 1. Not every case will or should go to trial; and 2. Trial’s are a last resort (more on this soon).
Most Georgia Personal Injury Lawyer’s just think about settling and never want to go to a trial. In fact a lot of attorneys will send the case to another firm if it gets to a point where trial is the only option! Get a clear answer up front and know who will representing you if the case goes to trial.
Tyler Moffitt is the owner of Moffitt Law, LLC. Moffitt Law specializes in Personal Injury Law. If you would like to learn more about what to look for when hiring a personal injury lawyer give us a call at 762-323-1460. Learn more about Moffitt Law, LLC here.
Tyler Moffitt is a Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices Carrollton, LaGrange, and Columbus, GA. He graduated from John Marshall Law School, and has been practicing for several years now. Tyler Moffitt takes great honor in defending the accused. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.