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10 essentials Tips To Finding A Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys exist to fight for your needs with unmatched professionalism and a passion for your needs. But how do you go about finding the right injury attorney? What should you watch out for, or avoid?
1.) Identify the Type of Attorney You Specifically Need
If you’ve never had to contact a personal injury attorney before, you may find that ‘personal injury attorney’ is almost an umbrella term, and that there are countless types of attorneys, with different specialties, focus and experience. Some will have particular experience with motorcycle accidents, some with hit-and-run accidents, and some with varying experience in all types of injury, a kind of legal jack-of-all-trades.
The first thing to consider when finding a personal injury attorney is how well an attorney’s previous experiences match up with your case. Have they had many successful cases similar to yours?
2.) Consult Friends, Family and Professional Contacts
Often, close friends and family can be a reliable resource and starting point for finding personal injury attorneys in your area. Consult your close contacts for recommendations, and have them rate their case satisfaction. Were they satisfied with their representation? Why, or why not?
You can also network through your friends and family for any professional legal contacts they may have. These contacts can help you build an ideal attorney profile, and even recommend attorneys in your area that suit your representation needs.
3.) Know What to Look For
When choosing a personal injury attorney, you’ve got to know what desirable traits and behaviors to look for in these attorneys; traits that will help you receive the benefits you need and have the best experience with your case.
- Responsiveness and accessibility, as well as passion for your case
- Ability to thoroughly outline the entire case process, and explain case development
- Ability to explain complex legal terms, matters and charges in an understandable manner
- Will only make realistic guarantees on your case
- Proactive, and attentive to all of your questions and needs
When choosing a personal injury attorney following an accident or injury, you’ll want someone on your side that is not only compassionate, but also realistic and personable.
4.) Know What to Avoid
Conversely, there are certain ‘red flags’ that should deter you from certain personal injury attorneys. If your personal attorney exhibits any of these traits, you may want to seek out another legal professional to help you following an injury or accident.
- Gives outlandish or unrealistic compensation guarantees
- Impersonal, and fails to return client calls
- Fails or ignores paying court bills
- Neglects explaining case proceedings, or providing necessary supplementary information
Your personal injury attorney should be someone you’d want to work with personally, who acknowledges and attends to your needs and keeps your better interests in mind.
5.) Learn Attorney Backgrounds, and Observe Them at Work
Once you have a few personal injury attorneys in mind for your case, you’ll want to conduct a bit of research. Fortunately, state bar associations typically record and file all attorney complaints in a comprehensive database. This includes discipline petitions filed against attorneys, something you’ll want to avoid when selecting a professional attorney.
If you’re persistent, and want to see your considered attorneys in action, you can even observe them in session; courthouses are public places, and you can use them to observe how well an attorney handles cases similar to yours.
6.) Prepare a List of Questions For Attorneys
Prior to meeting with attorneys that you feel suit your case, it’s important to generate a quick list of relevant questions to ask them. Their responses can help you decide whether or not they are the right attorney for your needs.
Some important questions to consider include:
- How long do your expect my case will take?
- Will anybody else be working on my case?
- Have you ever been disciplined or suspended from practice?
- How will payment work? Do you work on a contingent basis?
- What are your specialized experiences?
7.) Make the Most of Free Consultations
Many injury victims seeking to build a case feel the hassle of contacting a professional attorney will either cost too much money or time to be worth the effort, and may abandon their case. Don’t hesitate: almost all personal injury attorneys will offer free legal consultations for your case.
These free consultations will inform you whether or not you have a case worth pursuing, and honest attorneys will tell you how compatible your case is with their previous experiences. Continue reading…