When you need a personal injury or
medical malpractice lawyer.
If you have been the victim of medical
malpractice or if you have been injured through no fault of your own
you may want to contact an attorney.
How do you find the best personal
injury lawyers to hire for your case? Certainly, there are many ways
to find a good lawyer online. You can search in online directories
where information is available about personal injury lawyers at
their websites. Your state’s bar association website will also have
a referral service that can put you in touch with a good personal
injury lawyer in your area.
Nowadays, getting legal assistance and representation are so costly
that many are finding other ways to look for cheap and sometimes
"free" legal advice. The Internet is filled with online sources and
legal websites that offer detailed analysis of situations most often
for free, or sometimes for a minimal fee. Many of them even
entertain legal queries.
Nothing beats advice coming from a reputable and knowledgeable
lawyer. Here are some ways to help you find a good, experienced
personal injury lawyer, whom you feel you can trust:
You can get referrals from (1) friends and acquaintances, (2) other
lawyers, and (3) online referral services. Talk with friends or
acquaintances who have been represented by a lawyer in their own
cases. If they have nothing but good things to say about a lawyer,
put him/her on the list. Discuss your case with that lawyer and
decide if you feel that you will be comfortable working with him or
Other lawyers you know would also be able to make referrals of other
lawyers. They usually confer cases with one another so most of them
may know someone who can handle your case.
As with all referrals, discussing your case with each of the lawyers
will help you determine the best representation that could handle
your personal injury claim. Gather all pertinent documents from the
police report, to medical bills and correspondences with the
insurance company. Most lawyers do not charge for an initial
consultation. Nevertheless, there still those who already want to
charge for discussing whether or not he or she will take the case.
When this happens, it's time for you to go look somewhere else.
You need to know a few basic things about your potential lawyer.
These include: (1) How long has the lawyer been in practice; (2)
What percentage of the practice involve personal injury claims; (3)
Does the lawyer practice as a plaintiffs' or defendants'
representative; and (4) Would he or she personally handle your case.
If not, then find out who would be dealing with you directly, and
ask to meet that lawyer. It's not uncommon for more than one lawyer
in a firm to handle the same case. Often, less experienced attorneys
handle routine tasks.
6 Very Important Questions
Choosing the right personal injury attorney is not difficult if you
know the right questions to ask. Call or email 3-5 attorneys and ask
them to answer the following questions:
1. How many personal injury cases have you tried in front of juries?
2. What kind of experts have you hired for your clients?
3. What % of your income comes from personal injury cases?
4. Have you handled cases similar to my injury? How many and with
5. Are you willing to advance expenses of litigation?
6. Are you a member of any attorney organizations that primarily
help injury victims?
The answers to these questions should give you a good idea if the
attorney is an experienced and succesful personal injury attorney.
You want an attorney who is willing to and has gone to trial.
Insurance companies know who is willing to go to trial. Attorneys
that have not tried jury cases are not likely to command the respect
to get you a fair offer.
If the attorney is not willing to advance expenses then you will be
stuck advancing them yourself and you may not be in a position to do
so. If that is the case then your case will have to be settled,
After discussing the facts on your case, it's time to move on to how
much he or she thinks your case is worth. In addition, ask your
potential lawyer how difficult he or she thinks it may be to get the
insurance company to pay the amount. This is the time to let your
lawyer know what it is you want him or her to do for you.
In the end, getting your lawyer to represent you depends on your
needs and wants. Obtaining advice and representation from a
licensed, practicing lawyer is still the most reliable means when
you're facing a particularly serious or complicated injury claim. As
in any other regular hiring process, just remember to interview
first before you decide. If you feel confident with a lawyer's
experience and his ability to handle your case, chances are you
found the best lawyer for you.