1. PRIOR RESULTS ARE NO GUARANTEE
A lot of attorneys like to tell you about their other cases. However, your case is different. Each case has its own facts. Just because they got someone else millions of dollars does not mean that your case is worth that, or that they will get you that result.
2. CHECK THE STATE BAR WEBSITE
The State Bar website, www.calbar.ca.gov allows you to check the current status of every attorney. You MUST do this.
3. ASK WHAT ASSOCIATIONS HE/SHE BELONGS TO
There are a variety of associations designed to assist personal injury attorneys. Ask if the attorney belongs to ATLA, CAOC or a local trial lawyers association.
4. DOES HE/SHE REPRESENT INSURANCE COMPANIES?
If your attorney also presently works for the insurance companies, they may not get you the best settlement for your case. Their interest may be with the insurance companies and not with you.
5. WHAT PRIOR EXPERIENCE DOES YOUR ATTORNEY HAVE?
Some attorneys have only been attorneys. And that is fine for some cases. But, sometimes you want an attorney who has worked inside the insurance companies. This inside knowledge can help your case!