If you have been injured in an accident that is someone else’s fault and have sustained injuries or suffered other losses, you are usually entitled to compensation. A good personal injury lawyer can help to guide you through the process of obtaining the compensation you are due. When looking for an attorney, look for these qualities.
1. Find an attorney who cares about people.
Sure, attorneys enter their profession in order to make money and earn a living. However, the best attorneys see their representation of clients as part of a personal calling to see justice served and to help other people. Look for an attorney who is genuinely interested in helping you get through this difficult period in your life.
2. Use an attorney who works on a contingency fee basis.
When an attorney takes your case on a contingency basis, you both agree that the attorney will receive a percentage of any settlement. This greatly lessens your risk as a client because if you receive no compensation for your injuries you will owe the attorney nothing. This also provides the firm representing you with an incentive to do their best for you. If they are able to negotiate a larger settlement on your behalf, they will receive a larger fee. Often, after an accident, clients find themselves struggling to simply keep up with medical bills. Having a personal injury lawyer who agrees to work on a contingency fee basis removes some of the financial pressure.
3. Look for an attorney with resources.
This is particularly important if you have been seriously injured or have a complicated case that is difficult to demonstrate. In order to prove your case, your representatives may need to obtain medical records, hire private investigators or obtain the services of expert witnesses. Some law firms simply do not have the resources to spend the money needed to present your case in its best possible light. When you speak to a potential attorney, ask them if they are able to obtain the evidence that you need in order to prevail in settlement negotiations or in court. You do not want to find yourself represented by a firm that cannot prove your case because they cannot afford to do so.
4. Find an attorney who has extensive trial experience.
Ideally, your lawyer and the insurance company will work out a deal that is satisfactory to everyone. However, if you are not satisfied that the settlement that you are offered is fair, you will need a lawyer who is willing to take the case to court. Sadly, some lawyers would rather settle your case for less than it is worth than do the hard work of a trial. No one wants to go to trial, but you need counsel who will not hesitate to do so if you are being treated unfairly. Ask any potential representative about their trial experience and tried to get a feel for their willingness to go to trial.
5. Hire a personal injury lawyer who specializes in that areas of the law such as personal injury, medical malpractice and worker’s compensation.