As a personal injury lawyer, we know that looking for an attorney that is right for you can be a tasking experience. And we are here for you every step of the way. We understand that there are so many questions that people have when it comes to hiring the right personal injury attorney, so we have put together ways to make your search for the right personal injury lawyer less stressful.
A personal injury attorney is different from all other attorneys because their experience and expertise is in a specific area of law. For instance, if you have been injured due to the negligence of another, if you have allegedly injured another, you will want a lawyer who is well versed in the laws according to your state. Most bodily injury lawyers have experience in the following:
Making a list of what you are looking for in a personal injury attorney. The following list will help you search for lawyers that meet your criteria:
Once you have your checklist complete of the qualities you are looking for in a personal injury lawyer, you will want to ask friends, family, neighbors, coworkers, etc. if they know any good attorneys that are aligned with what you are looking for in an attorney. Begin the process by looking for personal referrals because these are usually attorneys who have the best reputations and are trustworthy. Never immediately hire a personal injury lawyer just because they were referred to you by a friend or family member. Make sure to go through the rest of the process with them; meeting, consultations, etc. to make sure they are a good fit for your needs.
If a referral was not to your liking, you can take to the internet and find a local accident attorney. Googling potential lawyer candidates have actually proven to be helpful. Make sure you take a look at their website so you get a feel of exactly who they are and what their speciality is. Most websites will indicate areas of expertise, years of practice, social media links, examples of success and testimonials.
You can always make phone calls to call local bar associations and law firms. Talking to someone will help you get specific information and will give you a better indication of their demeanor.
Now that you have done all of the extensive research on the local personal injury attorneys, make a list of your top candidates. Try to keep your list at 10 lawyers, at the maximum. The more attorneys you have on your list, the more time it will take to do follow-up and the less time you will have to spend actually speaking on a personal level with each attorney.
Before meeting with your top bodily injury attorney, prepare a number of questions you want to focus on, and any other questions you may feel are appropriate during your initial consultation. Some common questions that we see are as follows:
These are of course only a few suggestions that we may want to ask your injury lawyer. You may come up with other questions that you may need your bodily injury lawyer to answer for you.
Before your initial consultation with your personal injury attorney, write down as many facts as you can in regards to your case. The very first thing your accident attorney will ask you at your initial consultation is about the details of your case so they can gauge its likelihood of success. Be as detailed as you possibly can – even minor details are important. When you arrive to your first consultation, your accident attorney will want to see the following:
After you have prepared your list of the most qualified accident attorneys, gathering all of the information about your case, contact each attorney and ask for an in-person consultation. Most attorneys do not charge for consultations, some may charge a small fee. Make sure to ask the lawyer’s office in regards to a fee prior to the consultation.
As a personal injury lawyer, we know that making the decision to not only hire a personal injury attorney but also who is going to represent them to the best of their ability. We know that making the decision is difficult for anyone.
After you have had consultations with each of the potential candidates, think about how each consultation went and decide if you have any further questions or if you remembered something that needs follow-up. If you do, never hesitate to call them to follow-up with them with your questions.
Before making your final decision, think about the candidates you met with. Take into consideration the following:
You will be spending a great deal of time, in person, over the phone, and communicating through email, so make sure your experience with your attorney is a positive one. The ideal candidate will make you feel comfortable, will always be available to answer any questions or concerns, will have outstanding and reputable credentials, and will have an overall positive outlook on the outcome of your case
Before you make your final decision about the personal injury lawyer you hire, make sure they are transparent with you when it comes to how their fee is broken down. Look over and think about each attorney’s fee structure in detail before you make your final decision. Each attorney is going to charge differently – make sure you are comfortable with the way the fee breakdown is presented
However the accident attorney you choose decides to charge, make sure that it fits your needs and that you feel comfortable with the amount they are asking for.
Once you have done all of your research, you are ready to hire the personal injury attorney you think will represent you to the best of their ability. Once you hire your car accident lawyer, make sure you receive and sign a written fee agreement. The agreement will layout exactly what your lawyer will be doing for you and how much their fees will be. Always read over it carefully before you sign anything. Make sure your personal injury attorney files the case on time and does their due diligence.
Hiring a personal injury attorney does not need to be a struggle. If you have been injured and are in need of a bodily injury attorney, please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your case. Consultations are free!