Finding an attorney after suffering an injury is easy. Choosing the right personal injury attorney to handle your claim is not. If you have a solid case, you will have many attorneys who are eager to assist you. Knowing how to sort through all of your options is key to winning your case and obtaining the maximum compensation.
First and foremost, you will want to hire a reputable attorney with a proven track record of winning cases. Start by asking friends, co-workers, and acquaintances for referrals. Pick a few attorneys from those referrals who really stand out and schedule consultations with them.
Before You Meet With the Attorney
Before your appointment, gather your notes about your accident and collect all documents that are relevant to your case. Copies of medical records, police reports, and insurance policies are all pertinent information. Be sure to bring them to each of your consultations.
At Your Consultation
Once your meeting begins, ask several questions and be prepared to take some notes. If you don’t feel at ease with the attorney, it is probably a sign that the two of you will not have a good working relationship. Be sure to note how well your attorney listens to your concerns and whether you are given the personal attention you deserve.
You will want to know how long the attorney has been practicing, and the extent of their experience handling cases like yours. The attorney should be willing to keep you abreast of progress with the case—and he or she should be available to address your questions and concerns as they arise.
Additionally, the attorney should be able to provide you with the details of the billing schedule, including all fees, expenses, and payments before entering into a contract.
Making the Final Decision
After interviewing several attorneys, you will be better equipped to decide which one to hire. Once you have met with a few attorneys, consult your notes, and ask yourself:
- Who made you feel most at-ease?
- Which ones used legal jargon
- Which one helped you understand the litigation process?
- Who had the most experience and success handling claims like yours?
- Do you understand the proposed fee arrangement?
The answers to these questions will help you choose the right attorney for your case