After a serious car or truck accident or another cause of injury, the last thing you want to worry about is retaining the right attorney. Yet it is precisely the thing that is necessary to protect your rights and interests. Many are overwhelmed by the circumstances surrounding their injury and contact the first attorney they can find. Others are referred by friends to someone they “know” and hire that attorney based upon the recommendation.
Here are things you should do when hiring an injury lawyer.
The reputation of the lawyer or law firm.
Looking into the reputation of the attorney you are considering is something that you use simply must do before you hire an attorney. The reputation of the lawyer can be found from former clients, defense counsel and the general reputation in the community. Doing your “homework” before you retain a lawyer is mandatory.
If you are relying upon reviews, make sure that the person giving the review is an actual client of the firm. Look toward the similar case you have when selecting counsel.
Be very wary of “awards” because many of those are based upon an economic relationship with the attorney. Even the most stellar sounding organizations’ awards or honors are ones that without economic compensation, would not be awarded.
Tip: The reputation that your attorney enjoys is an important consideration for your case.
How busy is the attorney?
Another factor that personal injury victims should consider is the caseload attorney or the law firm. If your case is relatively straightforward and involves less than severe injuries, a busy attorney is probably is not a huge concern. But every single case takes time and attention from the attorney. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand that if an attorney has 100 cases, he can spend much less time on each individual one then if he had 15 or 20 cases.
Attorneys overloaded with cases also delegate to others to be able to meet their deadlines and obligations. This means much of the work on your case may not be actually done by the attorney you hire.
Tip: Always ask how many cases the attorney has pending.
Asking how many open cases the attorney has is a question that begs to be answered particularly when the injured party has substantial medical treatment.
How long has the attorney handled personal injury?
Generally, the longer an attorney has practiced in a particular area the better a choice for your case. However, be mindful that the attorney you think that you are hiring is not the attorney will actually do the work on your case. Ask specifically, who is the attorney that will do the work on this case. Assurances that the “senior” attorney will oversee everything does not mean a whole heck of a lot. In those instances, it is often a young attorney without much experience who will be doing the lion share of the work.
Tip: you do not want an inexperienced attorney learning on the job on your case? If not, make sure you know who will be doing the work on your case!
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