How someone finds a personal injury lawyer is extremely personal. A lawyer who works well with one person may not be the best choice for another person.
Instead, you need to find an attorney that will meet your very specific needs.
It’s important to feel comfortable and confident with an attorney that he or she will work on your behalf and have your best interests in mind.
Below you will find a short “how-to” on how to find a personal injury lawyer and what you should look for in your attorney.
Finding an Attorney
1. Start with research. Like every step on this list, your research may not be the same as a friend’s or neighbor’s research. First, consider your immediate resources.
Who do you know? Do you have any attorney friends that might be able to recommend a good personal injury lawyer? Have friends or relatives had a good experience with a particular attorney?
If you do not have any personal connections with attorneys, consider doing some online research.
Find an attorney in your area who specializes in personal injury law. Personal injury is a very specific portion of the law and those who practice in that area have very specialized knowledge.
It is important to find an attorney who specifically states on their website or in their reviews that they do personal injury cases.
2. Narrow down your list. Make a list of two or three potential attorneys and schedule a consultation with each one. A good attorney should provide free case evaluations and consultations.
3. Schedule your meeting. During your consultation, you can really get a feel for whether or not you “click” with a particular attorney.
Can you trust this person? Does this person answer your questions fully? Does this person communicate well? Will he or she explain things to you without using confusing legal terms?
Ask tough questions about your potential attorney’s experience and knowledge. Has he or she handled a case like yours before?
How many cases has this attorney taken that are similar to yours? Have the outcomes been good?
You should also discuss the fee structure up front so you know and understand all of the details.
Your case is important, and you want an attorney that will take the time to explain your entire case to you, including all of the potential consequences.
You want to be comfortable enough to share very private information with your attorney, including your financial information and medical history.
Don’t be afraid to ask for more information if you need it. If the attorney avoids your questions, then that probably isn’t the attorney for you.
At Fetterman & Associates, PA we understand that even meeting with an attorney can be intimidating.
Your case is important, so use an attorney who will take the time to explain legal concepts to you and frequently update you on the status of your case.