Choosing the right lawyer to handle your injury claim is critical. Whether you have been in a car accident, motorcycle accident, bicycle accident, truck accident, suffered a dog bite, sustained a head injury or any other injury it is critical that you speak to an experienced, successful and, yes, honest attorney. The right lawyer will guide you through the legal process, strongly advocate on your behalf and work diligently to get you the most possible money for your case.
With countless attorneys vying for your attention, finding a personal injury lawyer to help you handle your case isn’t the issue, finding the right one who has your best interest at heart and will work tirelessly on your behalf, is.
Below are three ways to choose the best lawyer for your personal injury case:
- Locate an honest lawyer. No joke, they really do exist.
- Ask the lawyer about his/her experience with personal injury law.
- Select a lawyer that you feel comfortable with
1. Find an honest lawyer
Finding an honest lawyer is, not surprisingly, somewhat tricky. We recommend that you start by asking your network of friends and acquaintances for recommendations and reading reviews posted on Yelp, Google, or even Avvo. After that, you’ll have to call around and talk with various attorneys. You’ll get a good sense of who the person is when you talk to them. Make sure you talk to the actual lawyer and not just an assistant!
An honest lawyer will explain both the good and bad aspects of your case and will not make pie in the sky promises in order to convince you to hire them as your lawyer. Be very wary of any lawyer that promises or guarantees you any amount of money as a result of an injury at the outset of a case. And don’t forget, an honest personal injury attorney will never charge you a retainer fee or any other type of fee. In personal injury, you only pay if your case wins.
2. Pick an attorney with the right experience
When you are vetting attorneys and looking for the right one for you, it is important to ask about the lawyer’s experience. Do not be fooled by a lawyer’s age or number of years practicing. Just because a lawyer is older does not mean they have been practicing personal injury for their entire career. In fact, many “older” lawyers have never practiced personal injury law and do not know or understand the ins and outs of tort law and the practical strategies to help clients get the most money for their case. Ask them how many cases they’ve handled, what sorts of verdicts they’ve reached, and how they would handle your particular case.
3. Go with your gut
In the end, the selection is going to be a very personal one. You’re going to be working closely with the injury attorney you choose. They’re going to get to know you on a very intimate level. So be sure to select a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable. As with every relationship, communication is key. If you do not trust or like the person who is giving you advice, that relationship is doomed to failure. Choose someone who makes you feel comfortable no matter how many questions you ask or how often you need to contact them. This is a long term relationship, so pick wisely!
Wondering what an honest, experienced personal injury attorney sounds like? Give Mark D. Rosenberg a call today. Mark started working in personal injury even before graduating from law school and is known for being exceptionally helpful and communicative.