A good lawyer is not hard to find; but finding a good lawyer for your unique personal injury case can be a challenge. Extensive research is required to obtain a suitable lawyer that meets your needs and the demands of your case. The effort put forth will result in a personal injury lawyer that advocates for you and focuses on getting the best settlement or verdict for your claim.
Begin your initial search by consulting family, friends, and acquaintances for referrals. Use the recommendations received to start your list of eligible candidates. Next, build your list by conducting an online search. Using simple phrases such as “personal injury lawyer near me” or “car accident lawyer in (state),” will yield a wide range of lawyers in the area. Also, checking with your state bar association or through the American Bar Association’s online directory, can be helpful in finding lawyers in good standing. Now that you have a list of eligible lawyers, it’s time to explore their online presence.
Many potential clients receive first impressions of a lawyer online through LinkedIn, professional blogs, or the lawyer’s website. A lawyer’s website should offer information about their background, areas of specialty, and recent verdicts or settlements.
This information is helpful in learning more about the lawyer, their practice, and what they have to offer. Background information can usually be found under the “history” or “about” section of the website. This section will give you information on the lawyer’s education, experiences, and values.
Areas of specialty should be displayed on the website so potential clients can determine if a lawyer regularly handles car accident cases. Also, information on recent settlements and verdicts should be included so prospective clients can read about the lawyer’s proven history of good verdicts and settlements in personal injury matters. A poor online presence can influence a potential client to explore other options.
Let’s narrow down your list a tab bit more. You want to look for bar complaints and disciplinary actions. The American Bar Association maintains an online listing of each state’s lawyer disciplinary agency. Conduct a search for the lawyers on your list and take into consideration the results found. You may find information ranging from actions lodged by disgruntled clients to rulings of disbarment.
Choose a lawyer who has extensive experience with car accident cases. Hiring someone with little or no experience may risk the quality of your representation and could affect the outcome of your case. A lawyer with extensive experience will know how much your car accident claim is worth and litigated similar cases in their career. They will be aware of current changes in the law and well-versed on handling insurance companies.
Narrow down your list to three or four candidates and begin scheduling consultations. During your appointment, you will need to evaluate the lawyer’s staff, ask questions, and get an estimate of costs likely to incur in your case. You want to prepare a list of questions covering topics such as resources, work ethic, and costs.
Ask questions that will give you information on staff and other lawyers working on your case. A few examples include: Who will be handling my case? Do you have the resources to handle my case? Know your costs and expenses by asking: What’s your contingency fee?
Most lawyers work on a contingency fee basis which means the lawyer gets no fee for his work until you get paid. Also consider asking: What other expenses will I likely incur? Some expenses that you could be charged for include costs for experts, paralegals, and law clerks. Lastly, ask questions regarding work habits. You want a lawyer that will keep you up-to-date on events going on in your case and one who offers high quality customer service.
Stop searching and call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice today. Our lawyers are experienced in a wide range of car accident cases including hit and run, low speed, head-on, and impaired driving accidents. Let our lawyers handle your unique personal injury case to get you the best settlement or verdict you deserve.
We have a lot to offer including the best possible advice for the best possible outcome. Individuals and businesses consider several factors, including: trust, value, knowledge, and availability when choosing a lawyer. At the Law Offices of Randolph Rice, we provide these qualities for every case we handle. For an experienced, committed, and skilled legal advocate, call today to schedule a free appointment to discuss your case. There is no fee unless you recover.