The Path To Finding Better Attorneys
Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyer
Figuring in an accident can change your life forever. What you do after the mishap will shape your future. To keep your prospects positive, one of the most vital things you do is hiring 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.
Looking for Prospects
People in your own circle can provide some help in this situation. Ask them about any reputable and experienced personal injury lawyers they may know. If you can’t get any personal referrals, you can always turn to the Internet for some research. Read reviews posted by real people, but stick to popular third-party consumer websites to ensure credibility. What you want at this point is to gather some quality prospects.
Researching Lawyer Candidates
Once you have a list of potential lawyers, dig into their background and see if they’re worth you trust and confidence. Go directly to your local bar association’s website and see if they are of good standing. Or do a search on your prospective lawyers’ names and look at their websites. Focus on details on their professional background, like what particular areas they practice or how many years they’ve been 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 have to choose a specialist or you may not get the compensation you want. Take note that you will be up against an insurance firm that spends fortunes on top-calibre lawyers to keep their payouts down. You should find someone who will be a good match to them.
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. 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, is he willing to bring your case to trial if necessary? 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, for the business relationship to work, you should at least be comfortable with this person.
Finally, ask your prospects for a few names of their past clients who might be willing to talk to you. Make sure you call these clients and let them tell you how their experience went with the lawyer. Don’t forget to ask how much in contingency fees was deducted from their compensation.