When it comes to finding a personal injury lawyer, you will likely have
dozens of options. Many lawyers will have won awards or earned legal distinctions
for their practice, and others will have considerable amounts of experience—but
how do you know which lawyer is the right choice for your case?
Before you retain the services of a lawyer, you should get to know them,
their business, and how they plan to represent you. Asking these ten important
questions about a firm can provide you with all of the information you
need to determine if they are the right advocate for your case.
1. Does This Firm Have Expertise in Personal Injury Law?
This is important, as you do not want to hire a lawyer who does not practice
personal injury law to take your case. If they practice family or criminal
defense law almost exclusively, they likely not be as familiar with personal
injury laws as those who exclusively or frequently take on injury claims.
At Jones & Swanson, we have years of experience and expertise in personal
injury law and it is the only practice area we work in. You can trust
our vast familiarity with this branch of law to provide you with elite
legal knowledge that “one-stop-shop” law firms cannot match.
2. How Does This Firm Handle Client Customer Service?
You would not want to hire a contractor who will put your home renovation
on the back burner and treat it like a hobby, so why do the same with
your lawyer? Your lawyer should want to place your satisfaction at the
forefront of your experience with them to ensure that you are completely
satisfied with their work. This can also help ensure that you get the
best possible result and not one that simply benefits your lawyer.
We place the highest priority on customer satisfaction at Jones & Swanson,
and strive for our clients best interests every day in every case we take.
3. How Long Have This Firm’s Attorneys Been Working in Personal Injury?
As with nearly any other job, experience should be a key factor in making
your hiring decision. Lawyers with many years of experience in personal
injury law will have seen many different situations, possibly including
one similar to yours. This allows them to draw on their previous case
knowledge and apply it successfully to your case.
At Jones & Swanson, we have more than 75 years’ of combined personal
injury practice experience that we can put to work on your behalf.
4. Will These Attorneys Go to Court if Necessary?
Most attorneys will try to settle a case out of court if possible, since
it can not only yield excellent results for clients, but can close cases
in a timely and beneficial manner to both sides. Many large firms will
attempt to settle every case out of court and will refer it out to another
firm if they are not able to do so. This allows them to turn over as many
cases as possible, often at the expense of their clients.
At Jones & Swanson, we are not afraid to take your case to court, if
necessary. We work hard for each of our clients, providing them with quality
representation throughout their case, no matter where it is settled.
5. Is This Firm Successful?
As a general rule, the more settlement victories a lawyer has, the better
the representation you will receive. Victories (and defeats) give a lawyer
valuable experience, however a high ratio of successful cases also demonstrates
a lawyer’s skill in negotiation, litigation, and client representation.
At Jones & Swanson, we have earned more than $50 million in victories
and settlements for our clients, including several multi-million dollar
awards, demonstrating our dedication to providing decisive results for
6. Will My Case be Handled by a Partner?
Large firms will often delegate cases to less-experienced attorneys, such
as their associate attorneys. Many times your case will simply become
a case number to the partners and they may never even see it through its
entirety. This can mean a less-favorable outcome to your case as you do
not receive representation from the attorneys with the experience and
success the firm advertises.
All cases at Jones & Swanson are handled by our founding partners,
Attorneys Andrew W. Jones and M. Chase Swanson, with the assistance of
highly-qualified paralegals and legal assistants. Our staff treats each
case as though the client were a family member, and you can rest assured
your case will receive the quality representation we advertise.
7. Are The Lawyers at This Firm Members of any Law Organizations or Societies?
Admission to legal organizations or societies are often reserved for only
the most reputable lawyers in a particular practice, geographic area,
or who have obtained a particular level of success. Admission to numerous
law societies is a great indicator of a quality firm with a track record
Our principal attorneys at Jones & Swanson have been admitted to the
Georgia Bar Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, and the
Million Dollar Advocates Forum, just to name a few.
8. Have the Attorneys at this Firm Won Any Awards or Honors?
Much like admission to societies, several prestigious directories and associations
issue awards to elite legal advocates all over the country. Claiming these
awards or honors is a testament to the quality of representation these
lawyers can provide your case with.
Inclusion on the Super Lawyers list, an A+ rating from the Better Business
Bureau, and a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating are just a few of the honors our
attorneys have received at Jones & Swanson.
9. Does This Firm Have the Resources Necessary to Take On My Case?
Particularly complex cases, such as catastrophic injuries or wrongful death
suits, could take a long time and require specialized testimony, such
as expert witnesses. These are funded initially by the firm itself, as
they can be the difference between a sub-par outcome and an overwhelming
success. If your firm does not have the resources they need to retain
these valuable tools, your case could be forced to settle for a suboptimal result.
We have numerous case successes at Jones & Swanson, which have allowed
us to build up a considerable level of tools and resources we can put
to use on your behalf to help you win the maximum possible compensation
for your case.
10. How Would I Play Into the Case?
Many large firms simply try to settle cases quickly, which often means
you as the client don’t get much of a say as to how your case is
carried out, and this often leaves you with a result and an experience
that is unsatisfactory. It’s important for a firm to recognize first
and foremost that you as the client are in charge of your case, and should
be made aware of everything that is happening in your case at all times.
At Jones & Swanson, we believe in constant communication and listening
to our clients’ concerns, needs, and desired results. If our clients
ever have any questions about any aspect of their case, we answer their
questions in a way that helps them to understand the legal process they
are submitting to and what their options are every step of the way.
If you have been injured and need legal assistance, the skilled team at
Jones & Swanson may be able to help. Our Murrieta personal injury lawyers have a resounding
record of case success, including several million-dollar case settlements
in favor of our clients.
Call Jones & Swanson for a free case evaluation today by dialing (770) 884-6652.