How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney
Figuring in an accident can change your life forever. What you do after the mishap will shape your future. To keep your prospects bright, one of the most crucial things you can do is hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Definitely, these attorneys are not all the same, and it’s a must to put in a little effort to know who’s right for you.
People around you can be a lot of help in this scenario. Ask them if they know any personal injury lawyer with a great reputation. If, for any reason, you couldn’t get any personal recommendations, the World Wide Web is always there to help. Check out client reviews, but stick to trusted third-party consumer sites to avoid being misled. All you need to do at this point is collect some quality prospects.
Researching Lawyer Candidates
After writing down the names of a few prospective lawyers, research their backgrounds each. Go directly to your local bar association’s website and see if they are of good standing. Or do a search on your prospective lawyers’ names and look at their websites. Focus on details on their professional background, like what particular areas they practice or how many years they’ve been a lawyer.
Experience with Personal Injury
Choose a lawyer who has spent at least five years taking up personal injury cases. It’s important that your lawyer is a personal injury specialist, or you may not get the results you want. Take note that you will be up against an insurance firm that spends fortunes on top-calibre lawyers to keep their payouts down. You need someone who can give you a great fight.
Interviewing the Attorney
After knowing the backgrounds of your prospects, it’s time to take your top two or three picks and arrange an appointment with each of them. The first meeting with a lawyer is usually for free, so take advantage of it by asking all the relevant questions you may have in your mind. Should he take your case, for instance, how does he intend to tackle it? Very importantly, if the situation calls for it, will he take your case to trial? If so, review his track record for winning his past personal accident cases.
This is also a perfect opportunity to gauge the lawyer’s personality and whether you think you would click as a team. Besides, you can never make the business relationship work between two people who hardly like each other.
Finally, ask your prospects for maybe two or three names of their past clients whom you can call. Make it a point to call these clients and have them tell you about their experience with the lawyer. Don’t forget to ask them how much was taken from their compensation as contingency fees.