Asking the Right Questions

Know when to pursue your case

When under stress of injury or injustice, many people feel bombarded by advice and decisions to be made. Above all, you want to be better off emotionally and financially for going through the legal process. Start by identifying the reasons to pursue – or not pursue – your case. John Hall is approachable and easy to talk with about the process of legal justice. A private, confidential conversation with him will help you determine if litigation is the right path. He helps clients understand the options and make an informed decision.

Ask the most important questions

  • What are my legal options?
  • What are my chances of a successful settlement?

  • What is the process for my type of case?
  • How long will it take to resolve my type of case?

  • What is a good estimate of financial compensation?
  • Should I accept a settlement or go to trial?

Find the right attorney

A search for ‘personal injury attorneys in Bakersfield’ on google delivers about 282,000 results.

How will you know which lawyer is best able to give you the outcome you want?

Before you decide which law firm will represent your case, make sure to ask these questions:

1. Will the attorney that I hire be the one who tries my case?
2. What kind of communication can I expect with my attorney? How often? Will communication be direct or through someone else?
3. How many cases has the attorney who specifically works with me actually taken to trial?
4. Does the attorney have a reputation for settling cases as opposed to taking a case to trial? What is the attorney’s track record for results?
5. How do people who involve themselves with the court system/litigation process feel about the attorney? Do judges and/or law enforcement personnel have experience with the attorney?
6. Has the attorney ever been reprimanded? (Find out from an attorney search on the state bar Web site.)

For more information on personal injury litigation and options, contact John Hall.

You may be entitled to compensation when circumstances beyond your control create turmoil and unwanted change in your life.


Car accidents, work/industrial accidents, serious injuries or burns and the consequences of defective products are sudden and life-altering. Your new normal may be the loss of a loved one, a hospital room or doctor visits, dealing with medical insurance providers and the emotional trauma that comes from unwanted change. Filing a lawsuit to claim financial damages won’t change what happened; but, legal action can help provide the money you need for excessive bills and loss of wages or longer term losses.

Unfair treatment at work

Sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation for whistle-blowing, or wrongful terminations cause extreme stress. If you’re still employed, you may wonder, “What will happen if I come forward?” You need to know your legal rights and be prepared to take the best course for your future. If you’re no longer employed, you deal with loss of wages and an uncertain future. You need someone on your side to fight for your rights and compensation due.