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How to Choose the Right Personal Injury Attorney

When you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit. It can be overwhelming to figure out what to do next after a car accident, medical mistake, wrongful death of a loved one, or any other harmful incident.

The right personal injury attorney can help you receive compensation for the harm that’s been done, allowing you to focus on moving on from the incident, healing, getting back to work, and prioritizing your overall well-being. Here’s how to find the attorney who can best support you in that process.

Start With A List Of Options

Many people don’t know where to begin the search for the right lawyer. Making a list of potential options is a good place to start. The more options you have on your list, the easier it will be to verify each option and find someone who meets all your criteria.

An online search can help you start your list. Add to that list by reaching out to friends and family to ask if anyone has any recommendations. Once you’ve made your list, you’ll need to research each option and look for a few important characteristics.

Ask About Fee Structures

One of the first questions you want to ask is how the firm handles fees and payment. Sometimes this information can be found online, but if that information is unavailable, you can reach out through email or a phone call to ask. You are also encouraged to meet with the attorney in person.

Some people prefer to work with lawyers who work on a contingency-fee-basis. This means the lawyer does not charge an upfront fee. Lawyers who work on a contingency-fee-basis will typically collect a certain percentage of the money won in the lawsuit. Usually, if no recovery is made, no fee is owed. It is important for you to discuss with the attorney who pays the costs of the case as it progresses. If the attorney advances those costs, you should ask when they are to be repaid and on what terms.

Other common payment structures include charging an hourly fee or charging a flat fee. If you’re working with someone charging an hourly fee, you may want to discuss the possible time estimates for the case. Ask about the size of the attorney’s legal team because a larger team can sometimes move the case forward more quickly, which affects your costs when paying by the hour.

Whether your potential attorney uses a contingency, flat fee, or hourly fee, discuss what their rates might be. It’s a good idea to know your budget in advance, so you can narrow down your list to only include attorneys who can keep expenses within a range you were expecting.

Look For Someone Who Has Experience In Cases Like Yours

The most important part of finding an attorney for a personal injury case is to find someone who has extensive experience in this type of case. Most attorneys emphasize particular types of law in their practice, and many do not do personal injury cases very frequently. While looking for the right attorney for you, be sure to ask if personal injury is a type of law they have experience working with.

It can be even more beneficial if your personal injury attorney has specific experience with your type of personal injury case. It’s a good idea to describe your case in detail to your potential attorney and ask how much experience they have with similar cases.

There are many specific details involved in car wreck cases, medical malpractice cases, slip and fall cases, and every other type of personal injury case. Your case will go more smoothly when your attorney is familiar with the details involved in your particular type of personal injury case. If you do not know what questions to ask or the information to provide, your attorney should be able to explain the process to you in detail and to identify the information he or she will need in order to prosecute your case to the best possible outcome.

Communication Should Be A Priority

Strong communication should be at the top of your list of priorities when looking for an attorney. It’s important that your lawyer listens to you, explains details, gives regular updates, and answers questions. They should be quick to respond to your messages, and their responses should always be clear, friendly and professional.

You can often get a sense of a potential lawyer’s communication style from a phone call or in-person meeting. It’s also helpful to speak with previous clients to get their perspective on the strength of the attorney’s communication skills. Sometimes, online reviews can also give you an idea about the strength of the attorney’s communication abilities.

Discuss the Track Record of Success

Before you get involved in a lawsuit, it’s helpful to know how strong your chances of settling or winning are. A potential attorney can tell you whether or not the case you’re making is a strong one that you’re likely to win, but they should also let you know if your case has weaknesses. You should discuss with your attorney the pros, cons and risks of litigation and ask that person if they have experience with cases like yours and whether they have a record of obtaining fair settlements or favorable verdicts at trial.

Find Someone You Connect With

You’re going to spend a lot of time and communicate frequently with your attorney, so it’s important you connect well with each other. Don’t hire someone you can’t stand to be around for more than five minutes.

Not only will you have a better experience with your case when you connect with your attorney, but they’re also more likely to intuitively understand your wants and needs. You want to work with someone who is genuinely concerned about your well-being and not someone who simply wants to earn a paycheck.

After a phone call or meeting with a potential lawyer, if you don’t feel like they understood your needs or your interests, or if you don’t feel comfortable with their interpersonal skills, move on to the next potential option. It’s important that you feel understood because this case is about you and your injury.

Worst & Associates has extensive experience with many different types of personal injury claims, including car and truck wrecks, medical malpractice, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse or neglect. Your Worst & Associates attorney can help you receive the compensation you deserve after a harmful incident, allowing you to focus on your own wellness.

To discuss your personal injury claim, reach out to the Worst & Associates team. You and your potential personal injury attorney can determine the best course of action for you.