Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting involved in an accident can change your life for good. What you do after the mishap will shape your future. To keep your prospects positive, one of the most vital things you do is hiring 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 around you can be a lot of help in this scenario. Ask them about any reputable and experienced personal injury lawyers they may know. 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. What you want at this point is to gather some quality prospects.
Researching 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. Look for details regarding their professional background, such as how long they’ve been a lawyer and what specific areas they focus on.
Experience with Personal Injury
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 need to find someone who can meet them eye to eye.
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. For example, if he accepts your case, what would be his general approach? Very importantly, will be bring your case to trial if needed? If so, look at his track record for winning personal injury cases.
This is also a good time to look into the lawyer’s personality and see whether you will click together. After all, for the business relationship to work, you should at least be comfortable with this person.
Lastly, ask your prospects for at least two or three names of their previous clients whom you can talk to. 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.