Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer – Part 5
Question: Where do you get your cases?
The last question I think is fair to ask any lawyer that you’re seeking to hire on personal injury matter is where do you get your cases? Why do I ask that? Again, like the other three questions I’ve suggested, it’s common sense. If 90% of your cases come from the Yellow Pages or 90% of your cases come from a picture on a bus or 90% of your cases come from a billboard or a 100% of your cases come from television ads. That tells you one thing, okay?
If you get 90% of your cases from other lawyers or other satisfied clients, it’s obvious that tells you something else, because I’ll tell you a secret. The vast majority of the personal injury cases in this law firm come from other lawyers. Why is that important?
In Michigan it is ethical for us to pay a percentage of our fee to the lawyer that sends you to us. Now you don’t have to come to us with a lawyer referral. But the fact is, and we’re proud of this fact, the vast majority of our work comes from other lawyers. Some of them are lawyers I’ve had cases against, quite a few actually. So what does that tell you? That tells you that that lawyer that sends a client to us gets a percentage of our fee. They can send that client to any personal injury lawyer in the state of Michigan, or outside the state of Michigan. There’s only one reason why they would want to send a client to us and that is because they figure they have the best chance of getting the most money, by sending the client’s case to us.
Now just to be sure you understand. That does not affect in any way your portion of your recovery. They get a percentage of our fee, which is a percentage of the settlement as you’ve seen on our website. You don’t have to pay costs in advance. You don’t pay us for our time. Our fee is strictly based on a percentage of the recovery. And it’s the same as probably every other lawyer in this state. Or pretty much. It’s one-third.
So out of our fee we pay the lawyer that sends the case to us and my point is simply this. If you have a choice of going to a personal injury lawyer whoâ€™s vast majority of business comes from other lawyers, that should give you some sense of confidence that the people in the legal community know who the good lawyers are. Just like if you want a referral to a good doctor. You go to your family doctor, they know who the good, for example, orthopedic surgeons are.
I think that’s a very fair question. Again, a common sense question to ask a personal injury lawyer who you’re interviewing. Where do you get the majority of your cases? And we think a very common sense answer to that should give you reassurances. You know, a good percentage of our cases come from other lawyers. That’s where a good percentage of our cases come from, we’re very proud of that fact. And it should give you some confidence in this firm.