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Tips on How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

tips on how to choose a personal injury lawyer

It might feel a little strange to think about choosing a personal injury lawyer in the same way that we choose other products or services, but that is exactly what we do – or should do. When you are hiring a person or law firm to represent you in a lawsuit, you need to do extensive research to determine who will provide you with the best value and who you will be most satisfied with.  Though it may be tempting to simply go with the attorney that a friend or family member recommends or who has the most attractive website, it is important that you take the time to speak with several different lawyers. That is the only way that you will truly get a feel for who you will get along with best, who you are most comfortable with, as well as who has the most impressive record of success in cases similar to yours.

If you have suffered an injury as a result of somebody else’s carelessness, then you need an effective attorney to act as your advocate and representative. Choosing a personal injury lawyer is not something that you should take lightly – you don’t want to find yourself sitting in court and feeling that you have made a mistake, or that you are uncomfortable with the way that your attorney is handling your case. The best way to avoid this is to take the time to make an educated decision.  The first thing you should do is assemble a list of potential law firms or lawyers as candidates to represent you. You can do this by asking friends and family members, consulting a law directory such as Martindale-Hubbell, asking other attorneys, and doing internet research. After you have gone through these steps you should have a good idea of a law firm’s standing in the community. Only once you have gathered this information should you move to the next step of conducting interviews with each one of them. Even if you are impressed with your initial meeting, you should take the time to meet with all of the candidates you have identified, as you can learn a lot from each of your meetings. Be sure to ask pertinent questions of each attorney, including how many years they have been in practice and how many cases similar to yours they have handled. It is important to ask each attorney for references so that you can determine whether previous clients have been pleased with their results. You also want to ask each attorney about their fee structure, how you will be billed, how they will keep you updated on the status of your case, and whether the attorney you are speaking with will be the one who actually handles your case.

Determining which attorney you want to work with depends on all of these factors, as well as how comfortable you are when speaking with them. You will be working with your personal injury attorney closely, so make sure that you feel that they are a good match for you. If you’d like to discuss your case with the attorneys at Philly Justice, call us today to set up a convenient appointment.