In the market for a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer? Before you hire the first name you spot in the phone book, take the time to interview that lawyer or firm first. You will be working closely with whomever you choose, therefore this lawyer must have quality credentials and a high success rate. So what are some of the questions you should ask your potential personal injury lawyer?
1) Background Check
Ask where his or her law degree was obtained. Admission to assorted state bar associations is also important, as are questions about knowledge and experience relevant to your case. The lawyer should be in good standing with the state bar, meaning he or she has never been disbarred or subject to discipline. How long the person has been practicing in the personal injury field and records of won/lost cases should also be discussed.
2) Conflict of Interest
Talk about your case in length and determine if the lawyer in question has personal views that will prevent successful arguing of the case. Learn whether the attorney has worked on cases similar to yours, but for the opposing side.
3) Success Rate
Ask about the attorney’s success rate in handling cases resembling your case, assuming he or she has handled such cases. Discuss how many cases the lawyer won or settled, as well as estimated monetary damages you can expect to receive. Talk about alternative case options, such as injunction.
A “ballpark” estimate of fees for your case also requires discussion. Will the lawyer be working on a contingency fee? An hourly rate? What sort of payment does the person accept, and will they accept them in increments? Ask if the fee is shared with another attorney as well.
5) Projected Outcome
What about the projected outcome of your case? Is the attorney educated about arguments and defenses for your particular case, and are they able to predict the opposing side’s strengths and weaknesses? How long will the case take to resolve? Determine if there are alternatives to litigation, such as mediation or alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and whether it’s possible to end the suit quickly, such as with a motion to dismiss.
Whatever questions you plan to ask, when it comes to choosing a Las Vegas personal injury lawyer, it’s important to do your homework. A little research and effort on your part can go a long way in assuring that you get the compensation you deserve. For more on our personal injury services, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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