Choosing a Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Neil Davis 

Attorney tips on selecting a  good personal injury lawyer in your area

A woman in Texas was recently injured in a truck accident. She was driving her car when it was hit by an 18-wheeler truck. The truck swerved and hit her car, resulting in tremendous harm and injury. Unfortunately, this woman’s story is not uncommon. Millions of people suffer from car accident injury in the United States each year, and they need help finding the right attorney to represent them.

Whether you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, work-related accident, slip and fall, animal attack or other form of personal injury, hiring the right attorney can be the difference between receiving lifesaving compensation for your loss and being stranded on your own.

Choose an Injury Lawyer With Knowledge About Your State

Look for a lawyer who knows the laws in your state and region. The unique laws that apply to where your accident occurred will greatly affect the outcome of the case. Ask for recommendations from your friends or relatives. You can also search for recommendations from a variety of independent legal directories.

Choose a Lawyer Who is Experienced in Your Injury Case

Personal injury is a broad field of law. Attorneys should have a thorough understanding of all personal injury cases. However, you should select your attorney based on who has the most experience with your specific case type. For example, if you would like to pursue a motorcycle accident claim, then you shouldn’t select an attorney who primarily handles work-related accident cases or premises liability law.

Your lawyer should be able to provide you with the resources you need for your case. They’ll also help you find resources to help you with your recovery and rehab.

Seek Available Resources and Overall Experience

There’s an upside to choosing a firm that is small and an attorney who carries a light case workload. Small firms are hungry for clients. And because they have fewer clients, they’ll be able to devote more time to your case.

On the other hand, the upside of choosing a large firm is that they often have more experience and resources to devote to your case.

While less common, sometimes you can find a small law firm with extensive background experience. This is the best of both worlds and is preferable.

Find an Attorney With Judicial Connections

Many lawyers are not successful until they’ve established strong relationships with potential experts, other attorneys and judges in their area. You should select an attorney who the other side and the judge knows means business. One way to find this information is by checking to see the litigation history of the lawyer—how many cases has he tried and what were the results?

Look for Negotiating Ability and Trial Experience

Most personal injury cases settle out of court. In many cases, the defendant will offer the plaintiff a settlement, so you want an attorney who is good at negotiating settlements.  Lawyers who are known for trying cases and feared in the courtroom often get the best settlements because the other side is afraid of risking a loss.

On the other hand, your case may have to go to court if a settlement agreement can not be reached. That’s why you should also look for an attorney who will be able to skillfully represent you in court should the need arise.

Ask Who Will be Representing You

When you hire an attorney, you should not assume that at least one main lawyer will be working on your case. It’s possible that several attorney will be tasked with representing you, or a paralegal may even be the one who is primarily handling your case. To ensure the best possible representation, ask the law firm exactly who will be handling your case.

What Should You Do Next?

Before choosing a personal injury lawyer, narrow your search to who you feel most comfortable with and who is the best qualified. In addition to researching online, interview the prospective attorneys in person if possible. There’s no need to rush to find an attorney. Your attorney is one of the most important factors that can determine the final outcome of your case.