Five Important Questions For Your Personal Injury Lawyer

We have all seen TV commercials, billboards and other marketing materials from lawyers who want to represent injured parties in personal injury lawsuits. How can you determine the personal injury attorney, you select is going to protect your best interests and maximize the amount you recover? These five questions (plus a bonus sixth question) are a good start working with the right lawyer.

1. How long have you practiced personal injury law?

Some attorneys will take personal injury cases when they come along, but do not focus on personal injury as a key practice area. Attorney Jack L. Stillman has worked on personal injury cases since 1987. He knows the tactics that insurance companies use to deny or undervalue claims, and he understands how to build strong cases that effectively combat those tactics.

2. Who will I work with as my case progresses?

Some firms entice you to work with them by marketing their senior attorneys who have impressive resumes, only to hand you off to junior attorneys or paralegals once you are on board. At the Law Office of Jack L. Stillman, P.A., in Manalapan, our clients work directly with Jack from start to finish. He founded his own firm in 2006 intent on providing personal service to every client. Jack will keep you updated on the status of your case throughout, and he responds to messages promptly.

3. Do you have trial experience?

Ask your lawyer if he or she has litigated personal injury cases and won. While it is true that the large majority of personal injury disputes are resolved without litigating, it is also essential that you work with a lawyer who is prepared to go to court when a fair agreement cannot be reached through negotiation. Too many so-called personal injury attorneys in New Jersey and nationwide have never seen a courtroom. If your lawyer cannot show you cases that he or she has won at trial, it may be a red flag that this attorney is quick to settle for less than his or her clients deserve.

4. Have you handled cases like mine before?

A premises liability accident in which a plaintiff slipped and fell in a grocery store is significantly different than a construction accident or 18-wheeler accident that has left an injured party paralyzed. If your case involves catastrophic injuries that will require extensive medical reports, make sure your personal injury lawyer has handled that type of case before. We have the resources to build strong cases that are supported by reports from highly regarded medical professionals, life care planners and other specialists.

5. What attorney fees and other costs can I expect?

We take all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay any upfront costs and we only collect a fee if we obtain a recovery for you, either through a negotiated settlement or a court judgment. Our fee ranges between 25 and 40 percent of the amount recovered, depending upon the complexity of the case. In addition to the attorney fee, we will typically incur costs to build your case. These costs are deducted from any recovery, we obtain for a client. If no recovery is obtained, the client is usually not responsible for paying these costs.

Bonus question: Do you have past clients, we can speak with?

A reputable personal injury attorney will have plenty of past clients who will speak on his or her behalf. We have shared some of their comments on the testimonials page, but we will be happy to provide more contacts if you enlist our services.

We welcome the opportunity to review the facts of your case, answer your questions and recommend an effective course of action. Call 732-333-8942 or email us to schedule a free consultation.