Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting involved in an accident can change your life for good. What you do after the incident will create the path to your future. For brighter prospects, it’s important to work with a personal accident lawyer.
Of course, not all of these attorneys are the same, and you have to put in a little effort to find the right one for you.
Searching for Prospects
People in your own circle can provide some help in this situation. 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. Read client reviews, but stay within trusted independent consumer websites to avoid biased testimonials. All you need to do at this point is collect some quality prospects.
Getting to Know Lawyer Candidates
As soon as you have a list of potential lawyers, get to know each of them more. Go directly to your local bar association’s website and see if they are of good standing. Or Google the names of the lawyers you’re considering and explore 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 Handling Personal Injury Cases
Find a lawyer whose practice has been devoted to personal injury cases over the last five years at least. You need a specialist no less, or you may not get the compensation you’re aiming for. Keep in mind that you will be up against an insurer that pays high-calibre lawyers to reduce their payouts. You should find someone who will be a good match to them.
Interviewing the Attorney
After learning about the backgrounds of each of your prospective lawyers, choose your top two or three picks and set an appointment with each of them. The initial meeting with a lawyer is generally free-of-charge, so use it to your advantage by relevant questions. Should he take your case, for instance, how does he intend to tackle it? Very importantly, is he willing to bring your case to trial if necessary? If so, take a look at his track record for winning past personal accident cases he has handled.
This is also a good time to look into the lawyer’s personality and see whether you will click together. After all, this business relationship will hardly work if your personalities are bound to clash.
Finally, ask your prospects for a few names of their past clients who might be willing to talk to you. Be sure to give these clients a call and listen to their experiences with the attorney. Don’t forget to ask how much in contingency fees was deducted from their compensation.