If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to the negligence of someone else, it’s important that you find a personal injury attorney to protect your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve. But knowing how to pick the right personal injury attorney isn’t something that many people know how to do.
To help you make your decision, we have put together a list of tips
Tips for Finding the Right Personal Injury Attorney for Your Claim
Ask for Referrals
Sometimes word of mouth will help you find a personal injury attorney, but you may not know where to start. Here are some suggestions:
- Friends and Family – If you have friends or family members who have worked with personal injury lawyers in the past, ask them about their experiences. They may have a good recommendation for you. Even if their experience with a particular attorney wasn’t good, it can provide you with useful information such as which attorneys to avoid.
- Attorneys You Know – You may already have attorneys in your circle of friends and acquaintances who practice different areas of law. While they won’t be able to take your case, they will likely know some personal injury attorneys that they can recommend.
- Referral Services – Most states’ bar associations have lists of attorneys, arranged by the area of law they practice, from which you can choose. This is a good option when you have no other options for referrals. While you will get names, and they are screened and approved by the bar association, you won’t have the benefit of hearing about personal experiences with the attorneys on the list.
Do Some Research
There are various websites that provide useful information about the lawyers in your state. The sites will tell you if an attorney is authorized to practice law, whether he or she has had any disciplinary issues, and if the attorney is in good standing. State and local bar associations are the best place to start.
Choose an Attorney Who Exclusively Does Personal Injury Cases
This is an important tip to follow. Personal injury law can be complicated, and it involves many different legal aspects with which other types of attorneys may not be familiar. While attorneys in other legal areas may be quite successful at what they do, it doesn’t mean that they will be able to successfully handle a personal injury case.
Choose an Attorney Who Has Taken Cases to Trial
Many personal injury lawsuits are settled long before they make it into a courtroom. That doesn’t mean that you should expect that to happen with your case. There is always a chance that a personal injury lawsuit will go to trial, so it’s important that the lawyer you choose is experienced in taking cases to trial. Additionally, insurance companies are familiar with which attorneys never or rarely go to trial. They may use that information to take advantage of you by making little or no effort to negotiate a settlement because they know that your attorney doesn’t like to go to trial and will likely accept a lower settlement than you deserve.
Choose an Attorney Who has a Proven Track Record
This tip is especially important if your personal injury case involves serious or catastrophic injuries. You want to choose an attorney who has a history of obtaining high settlements and verdicts in the personal injury cases he or she has handled. While not all cases are million-dollar lawsuits, you want an attorney who has a track record of delivering large recoveries.
Choose an Attorney with Sufficient Resources
Personal injury cases can be pricey, and most attorneys who practice in this area of law work with clients on a contingency basis. That means that clients are not charged fees unless there is a financial recovery in their cases. The costs of the case, which include things like hiring expert witnesses, investigators, accident reconstructionists, and other professionals, are paid for by the law firm as the case proceeds. That’s why it is important to make sure that the attorney you choose has the resources to handle all the expenses your case will incur.
Ross Feller Casey – The Top Attorneys for Your Catastrophic Personal Injury Lawsuit
The attorneys at Ross Feller Casey are widely considered to be among the very best personal injury litigators in the nation. We are experienced, knowledgeable, and have a proven track record of winning record-setting verdicts and settlements for our seriously injured clients in all types of personal injury lawsuits, including medical malpractice, workplace injuries, defective products and premises liability cases.
If you or your loved one has suffered a personal injury, contact Ross Feller Casey today for a free case review. We will help you and your family decide how to proceed with your case.