One of the most important things you can do when you’re going into an attorney’s office to represent you on a personal injury case is to ask that attorney “When’s the last time you tried a case? When is the last time you were in a court room either state court, federal court or district court? How did you do? What type of case was it? When was the last time you won a case?” Unfortunately in Rhode Island, there’s thousands of personal injury cases. You see them on billboards. You see them on TV commercials. You see them in the phonebook with full-page ads. They’re good businessmen. They know how to get you into their office. They can settle cases but can they maximize the return for you if they’re not willing to go all the way and try the case and win the case for you because believe me, the insurance companies know these good businessmen attorneys who don’t try cases.
So my advice to you when you come to my firm or any firm, first thing you ask a personal injury attorney is how many cases have your tried? How many cases have you won and when is the last time you’ve been in the courtroom? If you come to see me, I can answer those questions for you. I have years of experience. I tried cases in state and federal court every year on personal injury cases and had been very successful.