Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer
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.
Definitely, these attorneys are not all the same, and it’s a must to put in a little effort to know who’s right for you.
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 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. At this point, all you have to do is put together a list of quality prospects.
Researching Lawyer Candidates
After writing down the names of a few prospective lawyers, research their backgrounds each. Start by checking if they are of good standing with your local bar association (just go to their website and you will find the information there). Or Google the lawyers’ names and see what they have on their websites. You should look for details about their professional background, like their areas of practice and length of experience as a lawyer.
Experience with Personal Injury Cases
Choose a lawyer who has spent at least five years taking up personal injury cases. 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 should find someone who will be a good match to them.
Interviewing the Lawyer
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 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, review his track record for winning his past personal accident 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. Make sure you call these clients and let them tell you how their experience went with the lawyer. Remember to ask how much was removed from their compensation as contingency fees.