Ask the prospective lawyer when they last had a jury trial. (I am in court on a regular basis.) Ask if they have ever represented a client who received a multi million dollar verdict. (I have.) As if they have ever been to the Supreme Court. (I have several times.) Ask if they have ever had a client awarded punitive damages by a jury. (I have.) Ask how many jury trial they have had. (I have tried dozens, both in state and federal courts, in Iowa and Nebraska.)
These are all fair questions. I put my track record up against anyone. So many lawyer talk a good game but always tell their clients to fold whenever it comes time to decide whether to go to trial or to settle. As with medical care, it is OK to ask for a second opinion. Talking to me is always free unless and until I get something done for you.
Clients do not ordinarily ever really pay me directly. All fees and reimbursement of costs come from recovery as against the negligent parties and their insurers/lawyers. Damages against a negligent tort feasor are usually three things — past and future health care costs reasonably necessitated to treat injuries caused by the negligence of the adverse driver, past wage loss and future lost earning capacity and past and future general damages which are thought of as pain and suffering but can include any way the injury and condition impact you. General damages can include inconvenience where you must go look up telephone numbers or details you used to carry around and retrieve from memory with ease. It includes the shock of the moment, the frustration trying to recover, the daily moments that are not the same because you are not the same person.
I am here to evaluate your situation and tell you with candor and decades of experience if I think you have a significant case and what you should do.