Questions To Ask Before Hiring An Illinois Personal Injury Lawyer

If you ever are in need of an Illinois Personal Injury attorney, choosing the right attorney can be a key determinant as to the outcome of your case.

Here are some questions you may wish to ask a Personal Injury attorney before hiring them to represent you:

  1. How long have you been a Personal Injury attorney? (It can take years of experience to get a valuable long-term perspective of case law interpretation in a geographic region. This experience can be a critical factor in determining how a case should be handled, as well as the possible worth of a case.)
  2. What is your niche or concentration within Personal Injury law? (Personal Injury law is broad – it can range from medical malpractice to auto injuries – so selecting a lawyer who is very familiar in your type of Personal Injury case is important.)
  3. Do you handle cases on a contingency fee basis?
  4. How much do you charge, and when will these fees be paid?
  5. What were some of your results in previous cases? (Although every case is different, it is good to ask this question to get a comfort level with previous settlements and monetary awards the lawyer has attained. Also, this question may help you greater understand how much your case may be worth)
  6. What are the most common types of compensation for the type of case that I have? (Each type of Personal Injury Case can have different types of compensation; it is important that you understand these different types.)
  7. How many current clients do you have, and how much time will you be able to spend on my case?
  8. Will you refer my case to another law firm once I become your client? (Some law firms will sign up cases and then refer them to other attorneys.)
  9. Who at your firm will I deal with, an attorney or a law clerk or paralegal? (Make sure you know how the firm operates, so that your case gets the attention it deserves from an actual attorney.)
  10. Does your law firm have extensive litigation experience? (Can the lawyer go before a jury and convince them of the merits of your case?)
  11. Is your law firm well-known in the legal community? Do defense attorneys respect (and fear) the lawyer?
  12. Is your firm aggressive? (Will they push to get the case resolved quickly – with just compensation – or will the case languish due to inaction as the statute of limitations erodes?)
  13. Will you come to my home or hospital room or do I have to travel to your offices regardless of the inconvenience this may cause me?
  14. From the start of my case, will you prepare the case for a trial or take the shorter path of a settlement?

  15. Elman Joseph Law Group, LLC is an Illinois Personal Injury law firm that concentrates in car accidents as well as other vehicle-related accidents (pedestrian, bicycle, bus, truck, etc) This intense focus – plus an average of 30 years average experience among our attorneys – allows us to consistently achieve winning verdicts and settlements.

    We can be reached at (773) 392-8182 at any time; our website is

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