When you are in search of a personal injury lawyer, just as in any other matter, you don’t want to hire the wrong person for the job. You want the right lawyer, with the right experience and the right success rate, not just the one with the loudest television commercials.
There are some things you should think about before you head off to the first lawyer’s office listed in the phone book. The first thing to do is make a list of questions and contact more than one office to narrow down your search. There are several ways to get names of lawyers you may want to consider.
· Referrals from people you know who have used a personal injury lawyer
· Referral services that list professionals and their qualifications
· Referral from other lawyers
Once you have obtained some names, you will want to call the law offices to find out more information. Some of the questions that can help you narrow your search:
· Does this lawyer charge for the initial consultation?
· Does this lawyer have a minimum amount they want to be able to sue for in order to take a case and what is that amount?
· Does this lawyer work for plaintiffs or defendants?
Once you have contacted the law offices and asked your questions, it is a good idea to narrow your list down to three lawyers that fit your needs. You can then make appointments with those three lawyers in order to help you determine if one of them is a good fit for you. This is very hard to do without a personal meeting.
When you go into the personal meeting you will need to be prepared to discuss the information you have about your case. Take everything with you pertaining to the case. That includes any of the following that you have:
· Medical Bills and Receipts
· Insurance Policies
· Police Reports
· Personal Notes
The lawyer will want to talk about the incident and will ask you a lot of questions about it. Be prepared to answer everything including personal questions.
You will have questions to ask as well. Some of them might be:
· Will this lawyer handle your case personally or will someone else be doing it?
· What is this lawyer’s success rate?
· How would this lawyer want to proceed with your case?
After you have met with the chosen lawyers, you may feel you have enough information to make a decision about who to hire to help you. You may simply feel more comfortable with one than with the others. You may be very impressed with the success of one in comparison to the others. No-one can really tell you what one thing to base your decision on, so don’t rush and make the decision that feels right to you based on all the information you have and on the answers you got from each lawyer when you met with them.