If you have been in an accident lately and you feel that you have the right to be compensated, then you can negotiate for a settlement. But I would highly recommend hiring a professional expert unless you are well-versed with the legal system.
A personal injury attorney has skills and experience with such cases and can help you get the amount of compensation that you deserve. But how do you hire the right personal injury attorney?
With thousands of attorneys in the market today, all claiming to be the best, it becomes a challenge to identify the right attorney for your case. But don’t worry, here is a simple guide of how to hire a personal injury attorney.
- Use or get a referral from a lawyer you already know
If you have a good lawyer who has presented you before, then you can ask for help from them. It’s even better because you have already established a good relationship with them.
However, if the lawyer specializes in a different line of work or you are not confident they will present you well, you can ask them for a referral. The Law community is well connected, and it’s highly unlikely for a lawyer not to know a few of his/her colleagues who deal with personal injury cases.
- Ask for a referral from friends and family
You can also ask for a referral from family members, friends, or coworkers who have had a similar case in the past. If they were well presented or know someone whose case was well settled, you can reach out to that attorney.
However, you should note that we all have different personalities, and it’s not obvious that you’ll get along with someone else’s recommendations. But you can schedule a consultation and find out if you are comfortable working with them.
- Lawyer directories
Another common way to identify an excellent personal injury attorney is to search through lawyers advertising directories. Most online advertising channels provide extensive attorney profiles, experiences, education levels, fees structure, and reviews & ratings of previous clients.
Before picking an attorney, make sure they are licensed and have good to excellent ratings from past clients. If an attorney is poorly rated, it may be possible that they don’t handle their cases well. You may not want to hire such an attorney – chances of getting disappointed are very high.
- Consult your local bar association
If you haven’t still identified the right attorney for your case, then you can contact your local bar association. Every state has a local bar association with a complete directory of registered attorneys.
Once you are referred to a particular attorney, make sure you check their bar status and find out if they have been leveled for any disciplinary issues. Still, you will need to speak to the lawyers in person and see if they qualify to take your case.
It’s worth noting that a lawyer may not be interested in your case due to specific reasons. For instance, an attorney may have a lot in their table, or simply not interested in working on your case. It’s therefore essential to have a list of potential attorneys before deciding who to hire. Once you have interviewed, then you can decide on whom to hire.
All the best finding your attorney!