How to Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
If you have suffered an injury that was someone else's fault, an attorney who deals with personal injury cases may be able to help protect your rights and help you with your personal injury compensation claims.
If a friend or coworker was recently injured, you may want to see if he or she would recommend his or her lawyer. But if you're not comfortable asking for recommendations, you've come to the right site. Attorneys.com has a service to connect you with personal injury attorneys in your area.
Once you are ready to start the process of finding a personal injury lawyer, you may fill out a short form on this site or call 1-877-913-7222. After providing us with some basic information, we will connect you with one or more lawyers. These lawyers will contact you within two business days, or you can follow up on your own.
Meeting with Personal Injury Attorneys
After you have the names of a few personal injury attorneys, you are ready to set up some initial consultations, or meetings, with each of them. These meetings are a good chance for you to learn about the lawyer and for him or her to learn about your case. Most personal injury lawyers won't charge for these meetings, but you will want to double-check so that you are not surprised.
You will want to prepare for your meeting. Write down some notes about your case in the event you get nervous. How did you get injured? What medical bills do you have?
You should make a list of questions to ask the attorney, including:
- What is his or her experience working on cases like yours?
- His or her assessment of your case, and how much money does he or she estimate you may be able to receive?
- How the attorney charges for his or her services, and how much it could cost to handle your case.
Feel free to ask the lawyer any questions you have; all conversations will be kept confidential. Bring some paper to take notes; these notes will help when you go to make your decision. If you have any special needs in a lawyer, such as one who works on fatal motorcycle accidents or represents motorcycle accident victims with back injuries, ask about these qualifications as well.
How Do Personal Injury Attorneys Bill?
Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they won't get paid unless you get a monetary settlement. If a lawyer charges on an hourly basis, you will pay for the actual time he or she spends on your case.
Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney
After you've had initial consultations with several personal injury attorneys, it is time for you to decide which personal injury lawyer you want to hire. You can eliminate any lawyers you definitely don't want to hire. If you are deciding between a few attorneys, you can ask for references from their past clients. References may help you make up your mind.
Consider the following criteria when selecting an attorney:
- Does he or she have the necessary skills and experience to handle your case?
- Are you comfortable with his or her judgment of your case?
- Does he or she have reasonable fees?
- Does he or she offer a case strategy you agree with?
Once you have found a lawyer who satisfies these requirements, you can hire him or her and begin your personal injury case.