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What to Look for When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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When choosing a personal injury attorney you want the best so your case will have the best possible shot at success. You need the compensation from your personal injury case, and you don't want to lose it because you picked the first law firm out of a Google search. Just like with buying a car or picking a doctor, it is okay to shop around from a personal injury lawyer to find one that you really feel confident in. However, there is also the chance that you don't actually know what to look for in a good personal injury lawyer, and if that is the case, then consider these tips.

Who is Handling Your Case?

Ideally, you want the lawyer you are talking to in a consultation to handle your case. However, that is not always what you will get. Instead, bigger law firms may pass you down to associates. While these big law firms could be great, more often than not, you will feel more like you are just another customer of many.

What Do Their Previous Verdicts Look Like?

You will always want to look over a lawyer's previous verdicts. These will tell you two very important details – do they win and are they willing to go to court? Sometimes lawyers will lose cases, but if they are losing a lot of cases, this is a bad sign. Furthermore, if most of their cases have ended in settlements rather than trial, you may find them push you towards a settlement rather than help you fight for the amount you actually deserve in a court room.

Are They a Focused Law Firm?

Similar to large law firms, you want your personal injury lawyer to actually have a focus on personal injury cases. If they take cases in many different areas of the law, it splits their focus. They could be great personal injury lawyers, but you are also gambling that they are better lawyers in family or criminal law.

How Are They Paid?

It is okay to talk about money! You are paying them to represent you, and it is only fair to know how you will be paying them. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee, meaning they only get paid if you win. If there are upfront fees or they are a little shifty about payment, it should be a red flag.

Need Help?

The most important part about choosing a personal injury lawyer is they should make you feel confident about your own case. You should be able to meet them and leave feeling like you can win this case. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer that will fight for you, contact us today to see what Lederer Nojima can do for you.


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