Points to remember while hiring a personal injury lawyer

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It is only natural for people who have been victims of personal injury to be stressed. But the additional task of searching for a good personal injury lawyer can be even more stressful.

Legal matters are complicated. So having an expert with you will not only reduce your stress but also allow you to focus only on getting better.

Hiring the right attorney can make all the difference in your lawsuit. Here are a few points to remember while you search for your personal injury lawyer:

#1. Find an attorney who has expertise in cases such as yours. This means that he/she not only has to be an expert in law but also have finesse in the personal injury field.

#2. Check his experience. For how long has he been practicing law? Check his proficiency in terms of state and federal laws.

#3. Try to speak with people who have hired the attorney in the past and take their feedback.

#4. Find out your lawyer’s success rate from online reviews sites such as Yelp, Super Lawyers, etc.

#5.  Check your lawyer's credentials. Enquire about his law school education and his years of work experience. Consider his/her legal acumen and skills which will help him settle the deal.

#6. Attractive advertisements and swanky offices do not determine a lawyer’s competence. Get a lawyer who is a member of some of the prestigious lawyer associations.

#7. Evaluate your affordability. Lawyers usually charge you hourly. However, their hourly rate depends on:
  • His/her years of experience in the particular field;
  • The nature and type of the case; and
  • The state where the lawsuit has been filed.
A lawyer with good practice will also provide you with a free consultation on whether your case will require an attorney.

#8.  Personal injury cases do not have a strict timeframe due to their nature. Hence you must ask your lawyer about the time required for the claim on your first consultation. A good lawyer will truly understand the nature of the case and will provide a realistic time frame.

#9. Try to determine if the attorney takes each case seriously or ranks them according to their importance. This can be determined by studying his/her track record.

#10. Finally, always check if the attorney is result oriented. This means evaluating the ratio of cases he/she has one to cases lost. Ask your attorney about past client experiences and analyze the way they have handled their cases. This will determine if they are competent enough to handle your case.

Finding the right attorney can be a stressful job but these points will surely help you find the attorney you need. Have a look at the infographic by ‘La Law Firm’ for more information.

Author Bio: My name is Luis Avila and by profession I’m a lawyer focused on trial work and personal injury law, With more than 30 years of Experience in the Law Firm.

9 Things To Look For When Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer
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