"What percentage of your
cases are personal injury cases?"
"Have you handled cases like mine? How many?"
"Who will be working on my case? Will my case be assigned to another attorney or a less experienced
attorney in the office?"
"How long will it take for
my case to be resolved?"
"How will you keep me
informed about the
developments in my case?"
"If I call when you are not
available, how long will you take
to call me back?"
"Have you ever been disciplined or suspended by the California State Bar? If so, why?"
"Do you have professional malpractice insurance? Is that stated in your written fee agreement?"
"Why should I hire you?"
SELECTING THE RIGHT ATTORNEY IS YOUR MOST IMPORTANT DECISION
Choose an experienced and trustworthy lawyer that cares about you and your case. When you meet with a potential attorney, evaluate the lawyer's ability, experience, credibility, and demeanor. Ask yourself: "Would my neighbors, acquaintances, and grandparents trust this lawyer?" "Is this lawyer able to speak clearly, or does the lawyer ramble or use too much 'legal-ease'?" "Is this lawyer modest and humble, or too 'flashy' and 'slick'?"
If your case goes to trial, the jury will focus on the facts and evidence presented. But, your lawyer's ability and personality greatly influence the presentation of the facts and evidence…and the jury's perception of you and your case. Ultimately, hire an excellent lawyer that you also respect and like as a human being. Juries look for the same qualities.
CHOOSE AN ATTORNEY THAT SPECIALIZES IN SERIOUS INJURY CASES
Law features many specialties. You will likely receive better service, and a more favorable outcome, if you choose an attorney that handles only personal injury cases.
Some attorneys work on many different types of cases at the same time –business disputes, general litigation, criminal defense– and occasionally handle personal injury cases. Beware of the "jack of all trades".
Steve devotes 100% of his practice to helping clients who have suffered life-changing injuries.
Meet With Lawyers You Are Considering
Use the internet and recommendations from others to identify a few lawyers qualified to represent you. Talk with them over the phone and meet with each of them before deciding who to hire. Beware of any lawyer that charges a fee for the initial consultation.
WHAT ABOUT TV. RADIO, AND TELEPHONE BOOK ADVERTISEMENTS?
Bluntly stated, most of the lawyer ads on TV, on the radio, and in the phonebook distastefully embarrass the legal profession.
"Have you been injured?" … "Experienced, aggressive lawyer will fight for your rights!" … "Call now to protect your rights!"
One factor dictates if a lawyer appears on the first few pages of the search results: MONEY…the amount of money spent to design and optimize the lawyer's website.
Google and other internet search engines do not, and cannot, rank attorneys based on ability, experience, or professionalism.
Most of San Diego County's best personal injury attorneys have websites.
Unfortunately, many horrible attorneys also have excellent websites.