Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Attorney Before Retaining One, Part II

Do you charge a fee to process Personal Injury Protection reimbursements? Personally, I disagree with the business practice of personal injury attorneys charging their
clients a fee to do something that is already part of the job they were retained to do. Yes, it’s a way for attorneys to make more money, even in cases where liability is adverse, but
my personal opinion is that we signed up for this job not to just make money, but to help people. To charge them as much as 10% of their entire PIP proceeds, the processing of which is
largely an administrative task versus a legal one, is difficult to justify. That’s just my opinion, and we obviously do not charge PIP processing fees in my office.

How many jury trials have you tried? How many District Court cases have you tried? Jury trials typically mean that the size of the case was bigger
than the scope of the average District Court case. That’s not to demean a District Court case, because it’s important that your attorney have a firm understanding not just of how the
rules apply in District Court, but also the nuances of each local jurisdiction. One county’s courthouse might have a reputation for being good with cases like yours while the one right
across the county line might have the opposite reputation. Having an attorney who knows the difference can make a huge difference to your case’s outcome. Once you’ve gotten their
response, look the attorney up on the Maryland Case Judiciary Search to see if his/her estimate seems truthful.

How active are you in the Bar, state and/or local? I think this is less important, but it doesn’t hurt to hear from your attorney concerning how active s/he is in the
state and local bar and how often they network with their colleagues and members of the bench. Personally, I find there’s great value in socializing with others who practice in your
same geographic area, with your opponents and with the judges you try cases in front of. Beyond the obvious human element that is of utmost importance, one can learn a lot of important
anecdotal information that benefits one’s clients and practice that can’t be learned if that same attorney spend all of his/her time in the office. That said, this is just one of many
factors, some of which are already noted, to be considered when interviewing a personal injury attorney.

Can I talk with a few of your prior clients? See if the attorney is willing to let you speak with a former client of his/hers before signing up in order that you can
hear, firsthand, how a client has been treated. You’ll have to take the source with a grain of salt to some degree, since the attorney will likely give you the contact information for
his biggest fan but…if s/he won’t or can’t provide this, then you have your answer.

What is your goal in my case? I’m not going to go into too much detail here lest competitors like my response so much they “borrow” these words and ideas as “taglines”
and “tactics” versus the mantra that we treat them as but, needless to say, you want to know that the attorney’s not just saying all the right things but, instead, seems to genuinely
believe them. Do you ever talk to the attorney after hours? Have you had difficulty reaching him to that point? Did he make you wait for your appointment for 15 minutes like you were
in a doctor’s office? Did her staff greet you warmly when you came in? Offer you a drink? Sometimes, it’s the confluence of some seemingly small things that make the big difference. As
I’ve said many times before, all attorneys will tell you they will get you the best result. Some of those people can. But fewer can get you the great result while making you feel like
you’re being cared for during the process. Someone in that “fewer” category is who I’d want to represent me. Contact us if you’re looking for an attorney and are interested in the
complete answer to this question.

There are certainly plenty of other questions you could ask your potential attorney before hiring him or her. But these are a few that I’d like to know the answers to if I were facing the same issue you are. And listen not just to the answer but how the answer is given. Is the attorney aggravated that you’re asking questions? That’s a bad sign. Does the attorney do all the talking, not let you get a word in edgewise, and cut you off? Uh oh. Does the attorney seemed rushed? Another bad sign. Does the attorney let you talk? Does he ask YOU questions about how YOU feel about the matter? Does she ask what YOUR goals are concerning the case? These are the types of things I’d look for in an attorney.

Obviously, we feel we do the right things, in the right way, at Bmore Attorney. If you look back at my first blog post detailing why I started this practice, you’ll get a better feel for who we are and what we aim to do in each and every case, big or small. It’s why I spend countless, valuable hours away from my family to build a practice that’s dedicated to making sure every client I have gets the attention I’d want if I were in their shoes.

If you have a legal issue that you’d like to discuss with me, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 410-793-7040. We don’t charge for initial consults and will gladly take the time to hear you out and discern how we can best assist you. Likewise, please feel free to email me if that suit you better: Jared@BmoreAttorney.com. We look forward to assisting you.