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. For brighter prospects, it’s important to work with a personal accident 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.
People around you can be a lot of help in this scenario. Ask them if they know of any reputable personal injury lawyer you may consider. If you can’t get any personal referrals, you can always turn to the Internet for some research. 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. 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 lawyers’ names and see what they have on 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
Choose a lawyer who has spent at least five years taking up personal injury cases. You have to choose a specialist or you may not get the compensation 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, 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 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. Make it a point to call these clients and have them tell you about their experience with the lawyer. Don’t forget to ask how much in contingency fees was deducted from their compensation.