Here are some questions you should ask during the initial consultation with a personal injury attorney:
1. Do you have experience with cases similar to mine? It's important to choose an attorney who has experience in handling cases similar to yours. This will give you confidence that they have the knowledge and skills necessary to handle your case effectively.
2. What is your fee structure? Be sure to ask about the attorney's fee structure, including how they charge for their services and whether they work on a contingency fee basis (where they only get paid if you win your case). Make sure you have a clear understanding of the costs involved.
3. What is your approach to handling cases like mine? Ask the attorney about their approach to handling cases like yours, including their strategies for gathering evidence, negotiating with insurance companies, and preparing for trial.
4. How will you communicate with me throughout the case? It's important to choose an attorney who is responsive and communicative. Ask the attorney how they will keep you informed about the progress of your case and how often you should expect to hear from them.
5. What is your track record of success? Ask the attorney about their track record of success in handling personal injury cases, including their success rate in settlement negotiations and at trial.
6. What is the likely outcome of my case? While no attorney can guarantee a specific outcome, it's important to get an idea of what the attorney thinks the likely outcome of your case will be. This will help you make an informed decision about whether to proceed with the case.
7. Will you be handling my case personally or will it be passed off to another attorney? It's important to know who will be handling your case and whether it will be the attorney you are meeting with or another attorney in the firm.
These are just a few questions you may want to ask during the initial consultation. Be sure to ask any other questions that are important to you and to take notes so you can compare different attorneys and make an informed decision.