How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney
Getting into an accident can be a life-changing experience. What you do after the incident will create the path to your future. For brighter prospects, it’s important to work with 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.
Looking for Prospects
People in your own circle can provide some help in this situation. Ask them if they know any personal injury lawyer with a great reputation. If you can’t get any personal referrals, you can always turn to the Internet for some research. Check out client reviews, but stick to trusted third-party consumer sites to avoid being misled. All you need to do at this point is collect some quality prospects.
Knowing the 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
Pick a lawyer who has devoted at least five years of his practice to personal injury cases. It’s important that your lawyer is a personal injury specialist, or you may not get the results you want. Keep in mind that you will be up against an insurer that pays high-calibre lawyers to reduce their payouts. You should find someone who will be a good match to them.
Conducting a Personal Interview
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. Your first meeting with a lawyer often costs nothing, so use it to your full advantage by asking whatever relevant questions you may have. For example, if he accepts your case, what would be his general approach? Very importantly, if the situation calls for it, will he take your case to trial? If so, take a look at his track record for winning past personal accident cases he has handled.
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 maybe two or three names of their past clients whom you can call. Be sure to give these clients a call and listen to their experiences with the attorney. Remember to ask how much was removed from their compensation as contingency fees.