- How Do I Find the Right Personal Injury Lawyer?
- April 24, 2015 | Author: Michael G. Guajardo
- Law Firm: Guajardo & Marks, LLP - Dallas Office
If you have been involved in an accident, you should seriously consider finding a personal injury attorney to help you with your claim. In the most basic terms, a personal injury claim arises when one person causes the harm to another person. The most common personal injury claims are based on car accidents or other accidents.
The injured person does not have to fight with the insurance company and deal with the medical bills alone. Instead, they can hire a personal injury attorney to fight on their behalf. Consider the following factors when trying to find the right personal injury lawyer for you:
- Start by consulting friends and relatives who may have had to deal with a legal claim. Friends and relatives will give you an honest opinion about a particular lawyer that they used previously. They will be able to tell you what was good and bad about that particular attorney in a candid way that other resources will not offer.
- Check online. Attorneys often have webpages that provide their areas of expertise, education, and, sometimes, recent cases. Some attorneys will know more about certain areas of the law than others will. Try to find how long they have been in practice and what their experience is with cases similar to yours. Sometimes you can also find the attorneys on review sites, which might be a helpful resource as well.
- Talk to local lawyers you know. Lawyers often have an opinion of one another because they have seen each other at local events or they have worked together previously. If you have an attorney in the family, but that attorney does not specialize in personal injury, check with him or her to see if they have an attorney recommendation.
- Referral services might be helpful. Most local bar associations (the local group that most lawyers are a part of) offer a referral service where they will provide the names of lawyers that do the particular type of work that you need. Some bar associations are very meticulous about the attorneys that they list, which means that you may get a very experienced and knowledgeable attorney through a referral service.
Once you have done some background research with the aforementioned ideas, then you can start preparing a list of potential attorneys. The list is important because you want to be able to “shop around.” List out several attorneys who you think would be a good fit for you and set up meetings to discuss the case with them.
You should feel good about the attorney you choose because trusting and communicating with your attorney is very important for a successful case. If you are uncomfortable sharing information about your situation with your attorney, then you likely have not found a good match. The attorney must also feel like you are a good fit for them for the relationship to work well. Attorneys also have strict conflicts rules as well, so they will consider that when deciding whether they are allowed to take your case.
Taking the time to find the right attorney for you will significantly increase your chances of having a favorable outcome in your case.