If you have been injured in an accident, it is important to keep in mind that not all attorneys were created equal. In fact, none of them were created – they got there with years of study and even more years of personal experience! Most people only need to file personal injury claims once in their lifetimes, if at all, so this is a totally new ballgame. For those who have never had the need to find a personal injury lawyer tobattle the insurance companies, here are four tips to help you choose the perfect lawyer for you.
1) Experience and History
The number one priority that you should have is finding an attorney with experience in your particular type of personal injury claim. Some may specialise in car accidents while others may have expertise in job-related injuries. For example, if you were injured in a car accident in Santa Clara County California, you would want a San Jose accident attorney with a high percentage of wins. This is of supreme importance and should be the first thing you look at and weigh against the other three pieces of advice.
2) Compare Attorneys
You should also talk to more than one attorney. Most often you can get a gut level ‘feel’ as to whether or not you feel that lawyer would be able to effectively represent you. By talking to more than one law firm you will be better able to make a wise decision and you won’t need to second-guess your choice down the road. There will never be a “What if I had gone with attorney B instead of attorney C?”
3) Talk Fees at a FREE Consultation
Also, never pay for your initial consultation. If that accident/personal injury lawyer needs to charge a fee for that first few minutes in the office, that is a clear giveaway that they don’t have a very high record of success. Your consultation should be free of charge and in this time you can ask what their fees will be for representing you. Some states set the bar at ethical maximum amounts which attorneys can charge, so make sure your attorney is within that range if there are laws in your state.
4) Are You Comfortable with Your Choice?
Finally, once you have narrowed down your choices between just a few candidates, make sure you are comfortable with that person or firm. If that attorney or law firm doesn’t make you comfortable and inspire confidence in them, it’s time to move on down the list. You will be talking to this person (or persons) for an extended period of time and if you are uncomfortable in their presence, it will not be a good working relationship.
Once you have chosen the perfect accident attorney to work on your behalf, you can relax and let them do their job. They will be making a percentage off the top of what you win, so you can rest assured they will act accordingly to get you the biggest settlement possible.