4 Tips for Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

When you’re injured, finding an attorney is a daunting task. However, it is often the only way to get the compensation you deserve in a personal injury claim. Navigating the legal system on your own is a nightmare that requires an in-depth knowledge of the law. So, how can you find the best attorney possible?

1. Check for Past Experience

When searching for any type of lawyer, the best place is to start is their track record. Have they handled cases similar to yours before and, if so, how many? Personal injury attorneys also tend to specialize in specific types of cases, like product liability or malpractice. So, check to see which types of claims they work with the most.

It also helps to see which cases they have won in the past. If their track record shows less wins than losses, it’s probably best to move on to another law office. You can find this information through your county or state bar association, which has a referral service that match clients and cases to lawyers who can best handle the case.

2. Schedule an Initial Meeting

Checking an attorney’s background and experience is a good start, but it isn’t enough to make a decision. Meeting with multiple lawyers to discuss the case helps you make an educated decision based on how professional they are, their personality, and how they can help you win your case.

When you’re there, take the time to get acquainted with the staff as well as the attorney. If the firm functions like clockwork and the staff is pleasant to speak with, then you’re well on your way to choosing a high-quality lawyer.

3. The Right Questions

Maybe you’ve found a top-notch team of personal injury lawyers in the Bay Area after your meetings. What now? The next step is to ask them a list of vital questions that can help you determine if their law office is the right choice. Those questions include:

  • What kinds of cases are typically handled by the firm?
  • In their experience, how might the trial end?
  • How long do these cases usually take the firm to resolve?
  • What fees will you be charged as a client?
  • Are there payment plans?

4. Follow Up

Based on the attorney’s response to those questions, you should have a better idea as to whether they are the right choice. Once the meeting is over, however, you should follow up with more research into the firm.

You might find a group of injury attorneys who seem like an excellent fit, which is great. Now, you should utilize public resources to learn about an individual attorney’s history, what the lawyer’s professional responsibilities entail, and opinions on personal injury attorneys.

Combine what you find with your experience during the meeting. Do they seem professional enough? Do you feel like you can trust them? Are they affordable? Do they have a history of gaining victims compensation? If your answer to these questions is yes, then you’ve found the best lawyer possible for your case.

Melissa Thompson
Melissa Thompson writes about a wide range of topics, revealing interesting things we didn't know before. She is a freelance USA Today producer, and a Technorati contributor.