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How to Select a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer

When hiring a Georgia car accident lawyer, you should look for an attorney who meets the following criteria:

  • Has experience representing Georgia automobile accident victims
  • Suggests a strategy for handling your case that you agree with
  • Provides a realistic estimate of how much money you could expect to recover if your case settles or goes to trial
  • Charges a legal fee that is fair and reasonable
  • Makes you feel comfortable trusting his or her advice and judgment
  • Is someone you'd be happy to work with for months or more until your case is resolved

If you've never before hired an attorney, this article will guide you through the steps of finding and interviewing lawyers for your case.

Finding a Georgia Car Accident Lawyer

There are several ways to identify automobile accident lawyers who are qualified to handle your case.

If you know someone in your area who's previously hired a personal injury attorney for their auto accident, ask whether they liked the lawyer they worked with. If you can find someone who has firsthand experience working with a lawyer they'd recommend, that suggestion can be invaluable.

Similarly, if you know a local lawyer who practices something other than personal injury law, ask if he or she has any colleagues who represent Georgia car accident victims.

If you are unable to get any personal recommendations, if you don't feel comfortable asking for recommendations, or if you're simply looking for the names of additional Georgia car accident lawyers, you've come to the right place. Attorneys.com offers a service that can connect you with local lawyers.

Once you are ready to begin the process, call 1-877-913-7222 or complete the short form on this site. After you've answered a few questions, we will provide you with contact information for at least one Georgia car accident lawyer. You can contact the lawyer yourself, or he or she will follow up with you within two business days.

Preparing to Meet With Georgia Automobile Accident Attorneys

Before agreeing to hire a lawyer, you should plan to meet with and interview each attorney you're considering for your case. Most lawyers offer potential clients a free initial consultation. At this meeting, you can:

  • Interview the lawyer about his or her skills and expertise
  • Tell the lawyer more about the specifics of your automobile accident
  • Decide how well the lawyer meets your requirements and whether you want to hire him or her to handle your case

To help make this decision, you should prepare a written list of questions you'd like to ask during your initial consultation. Focus on topics that will help you decide whether to hire the lawyer. For example:

  • How much experience does the lawyer have representing victims of Georgia car accidents?
  • How much does the lawyer think your case is worth?
  • What strategy would the lawyer propose for your case?
  • Does the lawyer think your case can be settled, or will it have to go to trial?
  • How much does the lawyer charge for his or her services?

If you have any special requirements for an attorney (such as one who offers weekend appointments or speaks Spanish), you should ask about these items, too.

You'll also want to familiarize the lawyer with your automobile accident. Before the meeting make some notes about the accident. When and where did it occur? Who was involved? What chain of events led to the accident? What injuries did you suffer? You should also bring copies of any documents pertaining to the accident, such as the police report or medical bills.

Meeting with Georgia Auto Accident Attorneys

Bring to each initial consultation your written list of questions, your accident-related documents, and some writing material, so you can take notes.

Understand that lawyers are bound by certain confidentiality rules, so you should feel comfortable speaking freely with the lawyer. Anything you say during the meeting will remain confidential even if you hire a different lawyer.

During meeting, think about your requirements for a lawyer and how well each attorney you meet fits those requirements. Is he or she experienced handling car accident cases? Does the lawyer make you feel comfortable? Are the legal fees and expenses reasonable?

Once you've finished meeting with each Georgia car accident lawyer you're considering for your case, it's time to decide which one to hire. If you only met with one lawyer and were happy with the meeting, then your decision may be an easy one.

However, if you're undecided between a couple of attorneys, ask each one to put you in contact with a former client. Getting some feedback from someone who's previously hired the attorney may help you decide which attorney is best for your case.

Once you've hired a lawyer, you're ready to start negotiating a settlement.

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