Did you know that over 24 million people visit the emergency department every year due to unintentional injuries? Over 170,000 people die each year due to injuries!
Accidents happen to everyone, but some accidents happen due to someone’s negligence. A broken step that’s long ignored or a poorly placed manhole cover shouldn’t be left untended.
Have you been the victim of someone else’s negligence? Do you think you have a personal injury case? If so, you need an experienced personal injury lawyer.
We’ll share some tips for hiring a lawyer here.
Look for Experience
Inexperience doesn’t mean a lawyer isn’t good, but experience counts when it comes to hiring an attorney. Look for a lawyer with experience in personal injury claims.
If possible, find someone who has experience in your exact type of claim. If your injury happened at work, find a lawyer who understands work claims.
Were you fired after an injury? Then take a look at this personal injury guide.
Look for a lawyer or firm that represents plaintiffs only. You don’t want a lawyer who also defends insurance companies and big firms against personal injury lawsuits.
A good attorney has a good reputation in the community and with other lawyers. Look for peer review awards. A lawyer receiving peer evaluations and awards is a reputable one.
Do other lawyers refer clients to them? That’s also the sign of a well-respected attorney or law firm.
Check for disciplinary actions against the law firm or lawyer from the local Bar Association.
Along with peer reviews, check a law firm’s client reviews. Keep in mind that it’s not unusual for a disgruntled client to write a bad review, but what is the main consensus?
Read what former clients say and whether they felt they received the personal attention they needed for their case.
Pay Attention to Your Experience
Call several law firms and pay attention to your own experience. How long did it take for someone to respond to your inquiry? Was the receptionist polite and helpful?
Did you get to talk to a lawyer or only an assistant or paralegal? Will a lawyer or an assistant handle most of your case?
Most personal injury lawyers get paid when they win your case in court or through a court settlement. This is a contingency fee structure.
The contingency fee structure ensures a lawyer won’t take your case unless they think they can win a settlement. Most lawyers receive about 30% for cases settled out of court and 40% for court cases.
Choosing the Best Personal Injury Lawyer
Choosing a personal injury lawyer is an important task. Take your time to ensure you end up with a great one. You want someone experienced in personal injury lawsuits.
Look for a lawyer with a good reputation among others and within the local community. Look at references and reviews online. Pay attention to your own experience when you call the law office.
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