There are plenty of personal injury attorneys in the phone book and even more when you search the internet for legal help. However, finding the personal injury law firm that is right for your case is trickier than it seems. Picking the first name you see could be a mistake that jeopardizes your chances of getting the compensation you need. With a little research and a handful of questions to ask, you improve your odds of getting the legal representation you want and deserve.
Here are 12 fast tips to keep in mind when choosing your injury attorney:
- Professional organizations that research, rate, and review attorneys and law firms abound. Martindale-Hubbell®, Super Lawyers®, and Avvo, for example, are three reputable organizations that recognize lawyers who exemplify greatness in skill, client satisfaction, case results, and so on. Use these resources to your advantage to help you narrow down your search.
- Memberships to special and prestigious legal organizations function similarly to professional ratings. See if your attorney belongs to any lawyers’ associations in your area, or those that apply nationwide.
- Board certifications are also important and indicative of impressive ability. To become Board Certified in a certain legal practice, an attorney has to pass a rigorous test that leaves most legal professionals stumped.
- Attorneys who stand out to clients also stand out to their legal peers. An attorney of prowess will probably get plenty of work through referrals from other lawyers and law firms.
- Did you get an advertisement letter in your mailbox shortly after being in an accident? Beware of law firms that depend on such mailers, which many see as invasive. You can probably not count on personalized, friendly service at a law firm that starts off your relationship by seeing you as an accident statistic, not a person in need of legal guidance.
- Free consultations are a professional courtesy in the legal world but one that is gaining traction. However, working for contingency fees is essentially a must. Choose a law firm that gives no-cost case evaluations and does not require payment unless they win your case. Both instances show confidence in their own abilities to succeed.
- While we are talking about contingency fees, be sure to ask your attorney the contingency fee rate you can expect for your case. This percentage can vary depending on the circumstances and likely challenges of your claim, but any number over 40% should give you pause.
- Pay attention to the size of the law firm that takes your case. If there is only one attorney, then you would expect them to manage only a couple cases at a time. If there are dozens of lawyers, then you need to be insistent they do not lose your case in the shuffle of all their work.
- Is the attorney of your choosing even familiar with your case type? You might be surprised to find many personal injury attorneys will only take on a small variety of claims, like car accidents and dog bites. If your case type is not in their usual wheelhouse, then they might be the wrong choice of representation.
- Do not overlook the importance of real-world experience and practice history. The more years an attorney has been accepting cases like yours, the more likely they know what to do to build a successful argument on your behalf.
- When your case cannot be settled out of court for a fair amount, it will be put into courtroom litigation where a judge or jury decides the outcome. Your personal injury attorney needs to be ready for trial. Will they be, though?
- Continued Legal Education (CLE) is made available to legal professionals who want to keep mastering their profession as the years go by. Attorneys who teach or take CLE courses yearly or bi-yearly are often more knowledgeable than those who do not.
Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Bryan Caulfield goes above and beyond client expectations whenever he accepts a case. As a decorated and respected injury lawyer with experience that reaches across 25 years and includes nearly 5,000 cases, he is known throughout Tampa Bay and the rest of Florida for excellence. Find out what he can do for you by contacting his firm and requesting a free case evaluation.