If you are about to hire a personal injury lawyer, you should know that the worst thing you can do is to hire the first person who is recommended to you or is the first attorney you found on Google.
Now why is it such a mistake to hire the first one? Because you cannot be sure if that lawyer is qualified enough to handle your particular case. Even more important, you can’t be sure about how comfortable you feel with him or her without the benefit of comparison to other attorneys in the same field.
So, yes, to answer the question, you can go wrong when you hire a personal injury lawyer. That said, if you need one, the first thing – and probably the most important thing – that you can do is to find several lawyers in your local area. This is easy enough to do. The only thing you need is a computing device and an Internet connection, and if you have those two ready, go ahead and type in “personal injury lawyer” and the name of your area or zip code.
If you are in a large city, you should be able to find not just one, two or three lawyers. You should be able to find at least five lawyers. What you want to do is to meet with at least three lawyers and narrow them down based on the following criteria: Their relevant experience, the fees they charge, and your level of comfort with the lawyer.
There are many types of personal injury cases out there depending on the cause of the injury. Each lawyer will have a different set of experiences. For example, one lawyer might have more experience in handling cases originating from vehicular accidents rather than accidents at work. Since each type of case has its own peculiarity, you will want to find the legal professional that has the most experience in your case.
As for the fees, we really do not need to tell you, but even with fees, lawyers differ. While others charge a retainer, others charge an hourly fees. Still, others do not charge you anything unless if they win the case on your behalf. The last type of fee structure is rare, however, and lawyers only ever gamble with it if there is a great chance of winning and the amount that could be won is over $100,000, where they charge a percentage for.
We mentioned earlier that you should also consider your level of comfort when you hire a lawyer. Now why is this important? It is important because experience tells us people are able to remember details about their case better if they are comfortable talking with their lawyer. And you know how it goes with any legal case, the details always determine the outcome.
So, when you are ready, go to Google know and search for “personal injury lawyer” or go to aidsandthelaw.com and add the name of your local area or zip code to the search.