It’s important to screen an auto accident lawyer before finally deciding to hire him. After all, you want to be well represented and a thorough and confident professional is what you’re after to handle compensation and damage claims in your behalf.
How to go about screening a prospective lawyer? There are at least five areas that you have to cover in order to learn if this relationship will work to your mutual benefit.
Background and Experience
While you won’t have a lot of time to do a check on possible lawyers to handle your case, the most basic will be enough to get a sense of the person you may be working with. Educational background and professional affiliations are basic information.
The length of time the lawyer has handled personal injury cases, as well as the number of cases similar to yours and the outcome of these are good indicators of his expertise. It would also be good to know how many cases of auto accident the lawyer handles on average annually or how many does he accept.
Any special experience representing victims that suffered back, neck or other injuries that caused life-long medical problems are plus points especially if these were successful.
Even before hiring the car accident lawyer, you can initially ask to assess your particular case. His thoughts on the kind of settlement that can realistically be expected from the case would be give you an idea about how to proceed. Ask if the lawyer thinks mediation or arbitration are options or if he feels it will go the way of litigation.
All these are asked in good faith, just to give you an idea if he will serve your best interest and your expectations, if any, are realistic.