Did you know that accidental injury is the number three cause of death in the US? Every second, an American is injured in an accident that could have been prevented.
If you’ve experienced a personal injury due to the negligence of another person, you may be entitled to compensation. A trusted injury attorney will be able to assess your case and give you an honest idea of what it is worth.
Before you hire a personal injury attorney, there are some steps that you can take to make sure you find a reliable, effective, and trustworthy attorney. Read on to learn more.
Ask for Recommendations
Seek out recommendations from your friends and family for personal injury attorneys. Chances are, they’ve had experiences (both good and bad) with attorneys and will give you feedback. While they might not have a recommendation for someone to hire, they may advise you who to avoid, which can be just as useful.
Word of mouth is often the best method of advertisement for most attorneys who are effective and get fair settlements for their clients.
Do Your Own Research
Don’t just rely on recommendations from friends and family. You should also do your own research. Read online reviews, peruse the websites of the attorneys you’ve come across, and see if they have any ethics complaints against them with your state bar association.
Make sure the attorney specializes in personal injury cases. You don’t want an attorney who sometimes takes on personal injury clients; you want an attorney who solely works on these types of cases.
You should also research their effectiveness and the types of settlements they get for their clients. Most attorneys will include this information on their websites, along with testimonials from real clients.
Make a Shortlist and Interview Potential Attorneys
Use your recommendations and your own research to create a shortlist of potential injury lawyers to interview. The legal system does not work fast, unfortunately, so you’ll likely need to work with this person for a significant period of time.
Some questions to ask potential attorneys include:
- how much do you think my case is worth?
- have you represented clients with similar cases and injuries?
- what are the average settlements you have gotten?
- do you have experience at trial? (if your attorney can’t settle your case, you may end up in a trial, for which you’ll want someone who has experience litigating cases)
- how does your fee structure work?
- how long do you think the case will take to wrap up?
- do you have referrals from past clients?
- how do you communicate and what is your turnaround time?
Meet with each of the potential attorneys on your list to learn more about them and their success. These meetings will hopefully give you a good idea of whether you can work with this person or not.
Hiring a Trusted Injury Attorney Who Will Get You What You Deserve
A trusted injury attorney will work to get you the compensation you deserve. You should not have to go through life impacted by injuries that were not your fault without compensation.
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