by Brandy Abalos
ll attorneys do not fit every person and every case. Finding the right attorney for you will require you to ask questions and conduct research before selecting someone to be on your side.
Why Is It Important to Find the Right PI Attorney?
Finding the right attorney is vital because you need to be able to trust them. They will know intimate details about your life and finances. They will also be entrusted with your money if you get a settlement from a personal injury case.
Where Can I Find Personal Injury Attorneys?
There are multiple ways you can find a personal injury attorney. You can search a search engine like Google or Bing for “personal injury attorney near me.” Doing so will allow you to see reviews of those attorneys from past or current clients.
You may also find an attorney on a state bar association website. Attorneys typically join a bar association and are then listed in a database. Use filters to find the right type of attorney or restrict the geographic area.
How Do I Find a Good Personal Injury Attorney?
There are different ways to determine if the personal injury attorney you’re considering is “good.”
First, you will want to ensure they don’t have any complaints or discipline lodged against them. You can typically find this information on your state’s supreme court website. An attorney search database should contain information about all active attorneys within your state. This database will provide information about the date of admission to the bar (when they began working as an attorney) and any discipline they have received.
Next, pay close attention to the reviews on the search engine that you find them on. They may have four or five stars on Google, but you should also look at their low-ranking reviews to see the problem. If the issue was mismanagement of money or poor communication, you might rethink hiring them.
Find An Attorney with the Right Experience.
Your goal should be to find a personal injury attorney with extensive experience handling cases like yours. While all attorneys study the basics in law school, they do not know everything about all practice areas. Attorneys may specialize in family law, criminal law, personal injury or other areas. You will want someone who specializes in personal injury law.
Further, if there is something unique about your case, you need to find an attorney who understands the special laws associated with that situation. For example, if your child was injured in an accident, specific laws address child injuries. In this case, you would ideally work with an attorney who is familiar with child injury law.
Ensure Your Attorney Fits Well with Your Personality.
You need to find an attorney who will fit with your personality. For example, if you are high-strung and constantly want to communicate about the case, you won’t work well with someone who will only email you once a month. You need someone you can call frequently and discuss your case regularly. Here are some questions you can ask a potential attorney to determine if they fit well with you:
- How do you communicate with clients?
- How often can I expect a case update?
- Who will I talk to if I call to get a case update?
- Who will be on the team of people handling my case?
- How will you keep me updated about my case?
- How do you handle difficult clients?
- How many cases do you handle at a time?
Get an Attorney Who Will Be Honest.
You need a personal injury lawyer who is honest about your case. The best way to determine this is to ask more questions, which may include:
- Do you think I have a good case?
- What are the weaknesses in my case?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How much is my case worth?
- How many successful court verdicts have you won?
- Can you give me examples of your recent successes?
Finding the Right Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You Succeed.
Finding the right personal injury lawyer to reduce your stress about the lawsuit and maximize the compensation you can recover is important. You can find the right person by asking the right questions and doing a little research.