When choosing a personal injury attorney remember the word personal. Before I began my law firm in Reno I experienced first-hand how lawyers would put their clients on the backburner and the clients would suffer and so would the case. When choosing an attorney it comes down to three things: experience, experience, experience. You must have somebody that can communicate with both the lawyers and with the client. It is very important to have somebody who is willing to work.
As a general rule of thumb, shop around before deciding on who is the best fit for your case. Remember, ask specific questions relating to your case that will help narrow your choices. For instance, if you recently suffered from a case of medical malpractice you might ask them about the number of malpractice cases they have dealt with. This is a great way to determine an attorney’s experience level.
Once you know their experience level it is important to know there success level. When looking for a personal injury attorney, it is important to ask for the attorney’s record of accomplishment. How successful have they been? How much money did they recover for their client? These two questions will give you a better understanding of the attorney.
Once you think you have found a couple personal injury attorneys that you think can represent you, it is important to ask them to explain their fees and any other charges that would be associated with your case.
If you still need help, you could turn to friends and family members. Personal experience referrals can be very insightful. Although a referral from a friend or family member is a good start, it is important that you still consider your situation when choosing an attorney.
Sometimes attorneys can refer you to another attorney. The attorney may ask for a referral fee and if this makes you uncomfortable make sure to make that clear from the beginning. You may not realize it but those TV attorneys with flashy 1-800 numbers are just referral companies for a pool of attorneys.
If you have recently suffered from a personal injury, it is crucial that the personal injury attorney that you choose not only hears your case, but also listens to what you have to say. A good personal injury attorney will follow up with you throughout the case. They will make themselves available to meet with you to answer questions or talk to you about your concerns.
Lastly, never forget about the experience. Experience can make or break a case. It can also be the difference from a good personal injury attorney and a great one. Your case will benefit from strong experience, personal contact and personal service, so be careful and make sure you spend the right amount of time doing your research.