Questions to Ask before You Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
Choosing the lawyer to pursue your personal injury claim is a big decision that can drastically affect the outcome of your case. Below are some questions to ask before hiring an attorney to represent you.
1. What is Your Background?
Some lawyers have spent their entire careers focused on plaintiffs’ representation. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we have experience on both sides of the courtroom, as well as in complex boardroom negotiations. As partners in prestigious law firms, we represented major corporations and insurance companies. Now, we use the knowledge and skills gained from representing these companies to fight on behalf of injured individuals.
2. What is Your Position in the Law Firm?
When you file a personal injury claim against a big corporation or insurance company and hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars are at stake, they don’t hire junior attorneys to represent them. These companies have teams of experienced in-house lawyers, and they work with senior partners at some of the largest law firms in the country. So, who do you want on your side?
When you work with Morrow & Sheppard LLP, your case does not get passed off to a first-year associate. You work directly with our partners who have many years of experience.
3. Have You Handled Cases Like Mine Before?
While broad experience is important, it is also important for your personal injury lawyer to have particular experience with your type of case. You want someone who has been there before – someone who not only knows the law, but also knows how effectively prepare and pursue a case so that they can use it to your advantage.
4. Do You Work on Contingency?
It is important to understand that there are two aspects to contingency representation. The first involves legal fees. Most personal injury lawyers in the Houston area earn their legal fees on contingency, which means that they take a percentage of your recovery if you win your case. This allows you to pursue a claim without needing to worry about how you are going to pay your attorney.
The other aspect involves costs and expenses. Effectively pursuing personal injury claims – especially claims involving defective products and offshore accidents – is expensive. It involves hiring experts and investigators; traveling; paying for document reviews and depositions; paying court fees and incurring numerous other expenses. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we not only take our legal fees on contingency, but we also front all of the costs of pursuing your claim.
5. Do You Take Cases to Trial?
While most personal injury cases settle, sometimes big corporations and insurance companies just won’t put a fair offer on the table. When this is the case, you need a lawyer who has the passion, experience, and resources necessary to take your case to court. We fight vigorously for settlements, but we love being in the courtroom and will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Houston Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you or a family member has been injured in an accident, we encourage you to interview potential lawyers in the Houston area before choosing the law firm to represent you. At Morrow & Sheppard LLP, we offer free, no-obligation consultations so that you can get to know us before deciding to move forward with your case. To speak with one of our attorneys in confidence, call (800) 489-2216 or contact us online today.