Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting involved in an accident can change your life for good. What you do following the incident will dictate how the coming years will be. To keep your prospects bright, one of the most crucial things you can do is hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Certainly, not all of these attorneys are created equal, and you need to exert a bit of effort to find the best one for you.
Searching for Prospects
People in your own circle can provide some help in this situation. Ask them about any reputable and experienced personal injury lawyers they may know. If you can’t get any personal recommendations, the Internet is always there at your disposal. Read client reviews, but stay within trusted independent consumer websites to avoid biased testimonials. What you want at this point is to gather some quality prospects.
Getting to Know Lawyer Candidates
Once you have a list of potential lawyers, dig into their background and see if they’re worth you trust and confidence. 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
Pick a lawyer who has devoted at least five years of his practice to personal injury cases. It’s important that your lawyer is a personal injury specialist, or you may not get the results you want. Remember, you will be up against an insurance company that spends fortunes to maintain high-calibre lawyers. 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. For instance, if he decides to take your case, what approach will he use? 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 perfect opportunity to gauge the lawyer’s personality and whether you think you would click as a team. 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. Remember to ask how much was removed from their compensation as contingency fees.