If you have used defective prescription drugs, you may be seeking assistance from an attorney. Defective drugs can cause serious health problems and are often a subject of civil lawsuits. If you know that a defective drug recall has taken place, consulting a lawyer can help you decide which steps to take next.
Before you contact a personal injury attorney, you should prepare a list of questions to ask. Be selective; choose an attorney who will work well with you and whose approach will meet your needs.
- Do you handle defective drug lawsuits?
- What is your experience in personal injury law?
- Are you certified as a legal specialist in personal injury law?
- Do you have malpractice insurance?
- Can you provide me with references from former clients?
After you have decided to work with a defective drug lawyer, you should ask questions about the legal process and his or her expectations.1,2
- Could you prepare a preliminary outline of the expected time frame for resolving the case?
- Do you have a written representation agreement that I can review beforehand?
- How do you believe the case should be handled?
- How and when do you communicate with your clients?
- Who will be my primary contact person, and what is his or her position within the firm?
- What fee arrangements do you offer (e.g., flat fee, hourly, contingency)?
- If you charge a contingent fee, what services does it cover?
- Will I be billed for email and phone calls?
- How frequently do you bill clients?
- What unnecessary communications might result in increased fees?
- What information should I prepare before meeting with you?
You may find that other questions come up during your initial conversation. If at any point you are unsatisfied with the lawyer’s answers, you can always seek a second opinion or talk with other attorneys.