What Should I Ask Before Hiring an Injury Attorney?

Your first meeting at Zervos & Calta, PLLC will actually be with an accident lawyer, not an investigator or a paralegal. We invite you to ask us both questions about your case as well as questions about us and our firm. Here are some sample questions:

  • How long have you practiced personal injury law?
  • Does your practice consist solely of representing auto accident victims, or do you handle other types of law, as well?
  • On average, how many victims do you represent each year?
  • How many injury lawsuits do you settle each year? How many cases do you take to trial each year?
  • Have you frequently handled cases similar to mine?
  • Which law school did you attend, and when did you graduate?
  • Do you belong to any bar associations or professional organizations? If so, which ones?
  • Do you have any special experience representing victims of auto accidents who have back injuries, neck injuries, or other injuries that may cause lifelong medical problems?
  • How many cases have you taken and to trial, and what were the outcomes?
  • Can you provide me with the names and case numbers of your cases that went to trial?
  • How do you get paid?

Ask for an opinion

Some questions you might want to ask specific to your case include:

  • What is your assessment of my case?
  • What kind of auto accident settlement or judgment can I realistically expect to receive?
  • What are the strengths of my case? What are the weaknesses?
  • Will my case have to go to trial?
  • How long do you expect it would take to resolve my case?

Ask how your case will be handled

Every lawyer has a different style or approach in practicing personal injury law. Here are some questions you can ask to get a feel for our firm’s approach:

  • How would you describe your philosophy or approach to practicing law?
  • What is your approach to handling auto accident cases?
  • Will you ask me to make decisions, or will you to tell me what I should do?
  • Will you personally handle my case, or will another attorney manage it?
  • Will you handle negotiations and court appearances?
  • Will you be my day-to-day contact?
  • What is the best way to reach you? How quickly do you typically respond?