How to Hire an Injury Lawyer
If you've been injured and it wasn't your fault, you may want to hire an injury lawyer to help you get money to pay for your medical bills and with any other expenses you incurred as a result of the injury.
Finding an Injury Lawyer
If you know someone who's recently had to hire an injury lawyer, you may want to see if he or she would recommend that attorney. Or, if you've hired a lawyer in the past, you can see if he or she knows an injury lawyer who may be able to help you. If you don't know anyone who can recommend a lawyer, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with personal injury attorneys and lawyers in your area.
You can call 1-877-913-7222 or fill out a short form on this site to begin the process. Once you've answered some basic questions, we will provide you with contact information for one or more accident or injury attorneys in your area. You can call the injury lawyer yourself, or he or she will follow up with you within two business days.
Meeting with Personal Injury Lawyers and Attorneys
Once you have the names of a few injury attorneys, you will want to schedule meetings with them. These meetings, or initial consultations, may or may not be free, so be sure to check before each meeting. These meetings are a good opportunity for you to learn more about the lawyers and for them to learn more about your case.
You will want to do your homework before your meetings. Start by taking notes about your case. Write down all of the facts of your case and then any questions you may have for the attorney, including questions about:
- His or her experience handling cases similar to yours
- His or her thoughts on your case, and the estimated award you could receive
- How he or she charges for services, and the cost to handle your case
The reason for these meetings is to find out if you want to hire this lawyer. You might want to bring paper to your meeting, so that you can write down important details. These notes will help when you go to make a decision. Keep in mind that everything said in these meetings will be kept confidential, even with the lawyers you do not hire.
How Will an Accident or Injury Attorney Bill You?
Some injury lawyers will bill on an hourly basis, and others will bill on a contingency basis, which means that they only get paid if you get a monetary award. Lawyers who bill on an hourly basis are paid for the actual amount of time they spend on your case, regardless of you case's outcome.
Selecting an Injury Lawyer
After you've completed your initial consultations, you're ready to decide which injury lawyer you will hire. You can immediately eliminate any lawyer you don't like or whom you know you definitely don't want to hire. If you're trying to decide between a few attorneys, asking for references may help you make a decision. When you're choosing an attorney, you want one who has the skills and experience to handle your case, has a strategy you agree with, and has reasonable fees. Once you have found a lawyer you can trust, you are ready to hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.