Filing a personal injury claim can be stressful enough without the added stress of making sure you deal with the right personal injury lawyer for your case. The following tips can help you find someone reliable and able to provide you with the best chance of winning your case.
Many of us have friends, family, or coworkers who have had to use a law firm to handle their personal injury case, and a good starting point is to ask them about their experience and whether they would recommend that firm. And if you have a lawyer that you consult for other reasons, you may want to ask them to see if they can recommend a reliable personal injury lawyer.
Google is the first place that many of us look for online reviews, and it’s still the best place to find authentic and objective reviews of area law firms. Whether the experience was good or bad, people like to post their reviews and comments online, and it can be an effective way of finding a law firm you feel you can work with.
We are proud of the reputation we have built up and the positive feedback we receive from our clients, and we encourage potential clients to read reviews of our law firm. If you are trying to find the right personal injury lawyer to handle your case, going by client comments and reviews can be one of the most effective methods.
Do Your Research
You want to be as well informed as possible before deciding on a law firm to handle your personal injury case, and doing some preliminary research on several likely law firms should be your next step. Answering questions about their experience, qualifications, and background is something that any reputable lawyer doesn’t mind doing. Ask the following questions, as well as any others you come up with:
- Is personal injury law the full extent of your firm’s practice?
- Tell me something about your professional background and your education.
- Will files be reviewed by a medical expert on your legal team?
- Will support staff or other practitioners take over my case, or will you be handling it yourself from start to finish?
- Have you handled cases like mine, and if so, what were the results?
Your local Bar Association or Barrister’s Society can also verify that the lawyer you want to work with is in good standing and has no complaints filed against them.
Online searches can be an effective way to gather as much information about a personal injury lawyer, allowing you to make a more informed decision. If possible, work with a law firm that specializes in personal injury claims, rather than one with different areas of expertise.
Look At The Lawyer’s Experience
A law firm may devote all of their time to personal injury law, or it may just be one area in which they practice. You want to be assured that your case is similar to previous cases that the law firm has handled in the past, not just the same type of case but of the same severity too.
You probably also want to know the steps a personal injury lawyer will take to help you and exactly how they tackle the process of helping you. The approach that we have to personal injury law is clearly explained here.
How Are Legal Fees Paid?
It can add up very quickly if you work with a personal injury lawyer who charges for their services on an hourly basis. Taking cases on a contingency fee basis is common with many law firms, and it’s something to verify before working with a particular firm.
Charging between 30 and 40 percent in contingency fees is common with most lawyers, and the contingency system means that only if and when your case is settled, or your lawyer wins in court, will you have to pay your lawyer.
Many people are understandably worried about the high cost of hiring a lawyer, and working on the contingency fee basis makes a lot of sense. However, before working with a particular law firm, you should always make sure you feel comfortable with them and have confidence in them.
Who Is Responsible For the Expenses?
The costs associated with pursuing a claim are sometimes known as disbursements, and you need to know who is responsible for these before you sign any agreement. Hiring one or more expert witnesses to testify on your behalf and filing documents at the local courthouse are just two of the costs, and combined these costs can run anywhere between several hundred dollars to over ten thousand dollars. In some cases, the law firm will pay these costs until you win your case or it is settled, but clearly, you need to know ahead of time who is going to be responsible for them. The law firm may charge you interest on these costs if they pay them for you, and of course, you need to know that too, as well as when they have to be paid back.
Work With a Lawyer You Feel Comfortable With
Having confidence in your personal injury lawyer and feeling comfortable working with them are both important when choosing a law firm. And although the law firm itself that you choose is important, the actual lawyer that represents you is more important.
Getting an idea of how a particular law firm operates is important, too, and a good opportunity to do that is during the initial free consultation that’s offered by most law firms. And that meeting also gives you the opportunity to talk to your personal injury lawyer, ask any questions and get a feel for how confident, professional, and capable they seem. Keep in mind that you are under no obligation to work with that particular lawyer just because you had an initial free consultation with them. Feeling confident in the law firm you choose is a must, and it’s worth taking the time to find the right person.