The phone book is the last place to look if you are trying to find a Vancouver personal injury lawyer. Yellow page ad size is more an indicator of the lawyer’s advertising budget than it is the lawyer’s skill set or his/her fit with you and your expectations.
Interviewing a Personal Injury Lawyer
The best way to make certain you hire a personal injury lawyer you have confidence in and feel comfortable with is to take the time to meet with and interview your potential lawyer. Some of the factors you may wish to consider when interviewing different lawyers are:
- how comfortable was the lawyer in answering your questions?
- how interested was the lawyer in your individual case?
- how accessible the lawyer will be to you – while you will be working with her/his support staff to some degree, will you also be working with the lawyer directly?
- will the lawyer be keeping you up to date at every step of the lawsuit, and if so, how?
Consider word of mouth and referrals
The best way to make sure that you hire a personal injury lawyer who will have success with your case is word of mouth. If you don’t know someone [e.g. Friend, neighbor, co-worker etc.] who can refer you to a lawyer with whom they’ve had a successful experience, then ask the lawyer you’re interviewing if she/he can refer you to satisfied clients that you may contact.
The support staff of a personal injury lawyer is important
Although the personal injury lawyer you are interviewing will be the person responsible for the overall management of your case, her/his support staff will be the individuals you deal with most of the time – no matter how accessible the lawyer. Keep this in mind when you set up and attend at the lawyer interview appointment. How are you dealt with over the phone? How are you greeted in the office? What is your first impression of the office as a whole and the support staff you come in contact with – however briefly? First impressions count!