How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney For Your Case
October 3, 2018 | Personal Injury
If you are working on getting a personal injury case before a judge you have an uphill battle on your hands from the very start. Insurance companies and businesses and big corporations have the financial resources to hire the best lawyers who have years of experience defending against personal injury claims. You will need to have a lawyer on your side who can go toe to toe with their lawyers and fight for you. The experience and skills of your lawyer will play a vital role in the amount of compensation you receive. Most injury victims are not sure of the best approach to their case nor are they well-versed on legal proceedings so having a skilled and experienced attorney on their side is more important than ever. Like most important decisions, you need to do some “homework” on the lawyers in your community. Here are some things to look for as you try to find a personal injury attorney for your case:
Ask them how many referrals they get from other attorneys
A good way to get an idea of who the best attorneys in your area are is to see who other attorneys are recommending to people when they are unable to take a case. Word of mouth and referrals are a good way to get an idea of who knows their stuff. If you have an attorney or a friend who practices law, that might be a good place to start. Even attorneys who are outside the area of personal injury cases often will know the names of others in the area who have a good reputation and who could be good for your case.
Avoid lawyers who send “solicitation” letters to you after an accident
An underhanded and questionable practice some attorneys are implementing is to get a hold of police records and make a list of people in the area who recently filed a report of an injury. The law firm will then mail a “solicitation” letter to the injury victim saying that they are available and ready to represent them in their case. This is a highly debated practice and is often used by scam artists and attorneys with poor track records in court. Many states are in the process of enacting rules and laws to prohibit this kind of action.
Make sure they have the financial and staffing resources to take on my case
Depending on the type of injury you sustained and how many parties are involved, taking your case to court can be expensive. It is important that your attorney has the financial backing to be able to stand against the insurance company and big corporations who have almost limitless funding available to them. If a lawyer lacks the resources to fund a case properly, corners can be cut at the expense of the client’s case. This is the last thing you want to have happen when you’re trying to get compensation for an injury.
What kinds of cases does this lawyer handle on a daily basis?
Some lawyers cover a large range of case types and are known as “general practitioners” who handle many different types of legal cases, which can also at times include the occasional personal injury case. If you have a serious personal injury claim, you will want a lawyer who handles personal injury cases on a day-in, day-out basis. There are many laws and regulations involved with personal injury cases that you need an attorney who knows this type of law inside and out and has recent experience as well.
How long has this lawyer been handling personal injury cases?
For the most part, the cost of an attorney will be about the same as the cost will rely heavily on your case and the specifics involved. If a lawyer with only 3 years of experience charges the same as a lawyer with 25 years of experience and 100 personal injury cases successful won, you are much better off choosing the more experienced representative. The experience of your lawyer can end up making all the difference in the world for the outcome of your case when it goes before a judge.
Does this lawyer actually try lawsuits in court?
It is a sad truth that surprises many but a significant percentage of lawyers call themselves “trial lawyers” or “personal injury lawyers” have little or no jury trial experience. They either always settle out of court of have poor performance if the case actually reaches the courtroom. One of the first questions you should ask is whether the lawyer tries cases in court, and, if so, how often. You need to be sure your attorney is experienced and is able and willing to fight for you in an actual court of law.
Does this lawyer teach other lawyers?
Lawyers have the opportunity at times throughout the year to lecture at legal education seminars known as CLE – or continuing legal education. Those who speak at these events have the esteem of their professional colleagues and are seen as leaders in their field. They are asked to speak at legal education seminars because others trust their opinions and they have the experience needed to teach others how to do things correctly and can make a difference in the field and their community as a whole.
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