Consumer’s Guide for Injured Victims

21 Tough Questions to Ask Before You Hire a Lawyer


  1. How long have you been practicing in the field of accident and injury law?
  2. What percentage of your practice is devoted to accident and injury law?
  3. Have you previously represented people with injuries similar to mine?
  4. Do you have investigators and expert witnesses who will help in cases with my type of injury?
  5. Can you refer me to a physician who can provide treatment for my injuries?
  6. Can you help me with my property damage claim?
  7. Will you handle my case on a percentage fee basis?
  8. If I can’t come to your office, will you come to my home or office?
  9. Do you publish a free Consumer’s Guide for Injured Victims?
  10. Will you discuss my case with me over the telephone?
  11. Are you a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association?
  12. Are you a member of the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America)?
  13. Are you a member of The Million Dollar Advocates Forum?
  14. Are you AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell?
  15. Are you admitted to practice before all New York State Courts?
  16. Have you ever served as a special assistant district attorney?
  17. Have you ever held the position of a Judge in the court system?
  18. What volunteer work do you do in the community?
  19. Will you evaluate my case for me without cost or obligation?
  20. If the insurance company doesn’t offer a fair settlement, are you willing to fight for what is fair and will you be my trial lawyer in court?
  21. Have you tried cases like mine to a jury verdict?