In the event of a personal injury caused by the negligence of another party, it is important for an individual to defend themselves and seek out appropriate compensation for their injuries. This often means they must take the wrongful party to trial in order to receive what is rightfully owed to them. To do this, a personal injury lawyer is necessary.
While general trial lawyers may accept such a case, it is desirable to see out a personal injury lawyer as this is what they specialize in, and it is this added specialty and experience within the specific area of the law that makes it such an essential hire. But how to find a personal injury lawyer when there are so many options out there? If you or a loved one is currently in need of a personal injury lawyer, here are the steps you need to perform to identify the right attorney for you.
It might sound rather simple, but the first step in finding the right personal injury lawyer is to actually seek out a “personal injury” lawyer. When talking with friends and family they might recommend an attorney that represented them in a different case. These individuals might be exceptional attorneys, but if they do not specialize in personal injury law then you should keep looking. It is always recommended to seek out an attorney that specializes in the area of law you need help in.
Whether it is copyright law, you’re drawing up a will, or you are having tax issues, it is necessary to have a lawyer that has the given specialty you need help with. So, when looking for an attorney to represent you in an injury case, make sure they specifically focus on personal injury law.
Personal injury lawyers will usually have two different kinds of success rates. The first is the percentage of cases that are settled prior to going to court. It is usually in the best interest of both parties to settle before going to court, as this saves your time and energy. It also helps ensure you begin receiving your money sooner rather than later. However, there are times when the other party is not willing to offer up a fair amount for your injuries. In these instances, it is necessary to take the case to trial. You need to know what their trial success rate is as well. This is information the legal team should be able to provide to you without much of an issue. If they are not able to give you any kind of numbers or data, ask yourself why? Chances are, it is because they either are not very experienced, or their success rate isn’t as high as their contemporaries.
You want an experienced lawyer. An experienced lawyer has seen their share of curveballs in the courtroom. They know what to expect because they’ve seen it all. Now, this isn’t to say a new attorney is not able to represent you. They might be green, but young attorneys can be hungry to prove themselves, which is beneficial. However, the problem here is there is no sample size as to how successful they are, and when it comes to seeking out compensation for an injury, it is almost always better to go with experience and someone that has been around the block a few times instead of someone who is brand new to the profession.
You’ve been in an accident. You might already have medical bills adding up, and it’s possible you have been out of work dealing with the injury. Money can get real tight real quick. Having to pay thousands of dollars to secure an attorney might not be in the budget. That is why working on a contingency is a desirable benefit. This means that the attorney doesn’t make any money unless you win your case (either in court or via settlement). Make sure you ask about this when seeking out legal counsel.
Have you ever had someone recommended to you, such as a contractor or plumber, and yet when you met them there just wasn’t a connection? Perhaps something felt off or there was a feeling in your stomach that made you a bit standoffish? There’s nothing wrong with that. And you don’t want to force yourself into partnering with someone that makes your stomach churn.
The same is true when seeking out a legal team to help with your personal injury case. When sifting through the crowd of personal injury lawyers, you’ll find a handful that looks good to you. Make sure to schedule an in-person consultation. If you have that gut-churning feeling going on, it is fine to walk away and find a different attorney. You need to partner with someone you’re comfortable with.
In order to settle on the right personal injury lawyer for your particular case, you need to sit down directly and consult with the legal team you would work with. You need to have a level of comfort around this team, as you will be working closely with them and potentially a team of experts they call upon in order to illustrate your injuries to a jury and why you are due the requested compensation.
At Wilson, Lackey, Rohr & Hall, we specialize in personal injury law, and will go over your case with you, answer all of your questions, and address any concerns you might have.