How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney
Getting into an accident can be a life-changing experience. What you do following the incident will dictate how the coming years will be. 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.
Looking for Prospects
People in your own circle can provide some help in this situation. Ask them if they know of any reputable personal injury lawyer you may consider. 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.
Knowing the Candidates
Once you have a list of potential lawyers, dig into their background and see if they’re worth you trust and confidence. Begin by checking if they are of good standing with your local bar association (just visit the association’s website and search for the information you need). Or Google the names of the lawyers you’re considering and explore their websites. You should look for details about their professional background, like their areas of practice and length of experience as 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. Remember, you will be up against an insurance company that spends fortunes to maintain high-calibre lawyers. You need to find someone who can meet them eye to eye.
Interviewing the Attorney
Now that you know the backgrounds of each of your prospective lawyers, choose two or three whom you think are the best and set an appointment with 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, is he willing to bring your case to trial if necessary? If so, look at his track record for winning personal injury 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 a few names of their past clients who might be willing to talk to you. Make it a point to call these clients and have them tell you about their experience with the lawyer. Remember to ask how much was removed from their compensation as contingency fees.