Finding the right lawyer for you is a difficult process in the best of situations but, after you have been injured, you don’t have time to spare.
Choosing a personal injury attorney can be particularly challenging. You are bombarded daily with commercials, billboards, and ads attempting to sell you a lawyer. Some lawyers advertise a lot, others not at all. When you have been injured making the decision on which lawyer is the right lawyer can be overwhelming.
Read on to discover the steps you can take to find an injury lawyer you can rely on and so you can rest assured you found the right one.
Trust Is Key
You need to be able to have total confidence and trust in your attorney. Everything else comes second to your comfort level with the attorney you select. If you don’t trust your lawyer, then throughout your case you will always be second guessing and wondering if you made the right choice. Pay attention to how the lawyer makes you feel.
Are you comfortable disclosing personal information to them?
Do they pay attention and seem interested in what you have to say?
Do they put you at ease?
Are they able to answer your questions easily and with confidence?
Do they seem to know what they are talking about?
Injury law has become a very specialized practice. Each type of case requires a different set of skills and abilities to get the most out of a case for each plaintiff.
An experienced injury lawyer will know how to prepare and execute your case to maximize the compensation you receive for your injury.
Additionally, an experienced personal injury lawyer will have developed a good relationship with adjusters and will have established with insurance companies that they are not afraid to go to trial with cases if settlement offers are not high enough.
Some attorneys have a reputation for always settling and insurance companies know that the lawyer will not take the case to trial, making settlement offers lower. You don't want an attorney who refuses to go to court if the offer isn't acceptable.
Referrals from your network
Trying to select an attorney from the many options available can be daunting. A good starting point is to access your personal and/or professional network. You may have prior experience with an attorney. If not, it is likely someone in your circle has had contact with either a personal injury attorney or other type of lawyer.
If you have used an attorney previously and were happy; you can contact them to see if they practice accident litigation. If not they may give you a referral to another lawyer they trust.
Ask friends, family, co-workers, people on the street, whoever you can find who has used a personal injury lawyer. Ask if they would they recommend the lawyer they used; what was good, and what was bad about working with that particular attorney. Ask if, looking back, they have any questions they wish they’d asked or information they wish they had known before hiring the lawyer.
If someone from your circle speaks positively about a accident attorney they have used, add them to your list of potential candidates. But, don’t make your decision based solely on someone's recommendation.
Different attorneys fit different plaintiffs and what someone may like or dislike about an attorney’s personality or style may not be the what will work best for you.
Check out all the information available about attorneys you are considering.
Do they have a website? If they do, scan through the information provided. Determine if the lawyer practices in personal injury cases or practices your particular type of injury case. Some attorneys limit their practice to specific types of injuries like medical malpractice, wrongful death. Many are experts in car accident, slip and fall and big trucking accidents.
Do they have Facebook, Instagram and/or a YouTube channel? These are excellent ways to get a feel for the type of culture each attorneys office has. Scanning their social media can give an indication on the accessibility of this particular injury lawyer.
Just about every website out there now has reviews online that can help you to choose between potential lawyers and law firms. Check out the reviews from past clients on Google, Facebook, and other directories. This can give you an indication on the relationship this attorney has with past clients and how they are likely to treat you if you choose them.
Legal directories can be a good way to see multiple potential attorneys in your area and compare them side by side. Directories often have a profile that may list an attorney’s practice areas, prior experience, and offer reviews from past clients.
There is nothing wrong with reading an advertisement. It can provide information about the types of cases a particular lawyer practices. But remember that these are out specifically to sell you a product, and often generated by a large advertising firm not the attorney, so take them with a grain of salt.
Choosing An Injury Attorney
Choosing an injury attorney is an important decision. It should only be made after careful consideration and after meeting the attorney to ensure they offer what you need. Information from your circle and referrals can help narrow down results. However, it is essential that you meet with an attorney and make your own determinations.
The most important factor is your comfort level with the lawyer you choose.