Choosing the Right Personal Injury Attorney
When you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, the stakes are high. In most cases, you will only have one opportunity to take a settlement or fight in court to get the money you need to rebuild your life. Hiring a personal injury attorney is a great first step, but deciding which firm will provide you with the best service and greatest chance at compensation can seem overwhelming. Today, we will discuss what to look for in a personal injury attorney to ensure your case gets the attention it deserves.
When your future is on the line, selecting the right personal injury attorney is vital. To narrow down your options, take note of each law firms:
Fees – Most personal injury law firms take cases with a contingency fee, meaning they don’t get paid unless they win your case or negotiate a settlement with insurance providers or the other party. Law firms that do personal injury representation with flat fees or hourly billing are less inclined to dedicate time toward winning your case if the outcome doesn’t significantly impact their bottom line.
However, even if a firm works on a contingency basis, their percentage can differ – and choosing a law firm may come down to how much of your winnings they will claim as compensation. Looking at additional factors of the firm and its history can help you determine whether their percentage is fair.
Reputation and Cases Won – Attorneys can’t guarantee future results, but they can show you a proven history of case wins. An established law firm will have no qualms about showing you its history of cases, along with a win/loss percentage and a backlog of client recommendations. As mentioned, most firms will work with personal injury victims on a contingency fee, and if they don’t win, they don’t get paid. Therefore, personal injury attorneys can be very selective in the cases they take on. You can be confident that an attorney with a proven history of success believes in the strength of your case if they decide to take you on as a client.
Personality and Attorneys – While it isn’t necessary for you to be best friends with your attorneys, the process is much simpler when both sides gel well together and work toward a common goal. At an initial consultation, you can meet the attorneys, develop a feel for their personality, and decide if you believe they will dedicate all available resources to your case. You should feel comfortable sharing details about your injury, and if not, it might be time to continue looking for representation. It is important to remember that an attorney’s job is to fight on your behalf, and any personality quirks you find strange might be perfect when it comes to battling it out in court.
Before you sit down with potential new legal representation, you can also conduct online searches to see which area of law the firm focuses on. While large firms might advertise expertise in dozens of areas, they are likely only highly proficient in one or two.
At Hale Law, we focus on personal injury law and have a track record of success. We are happy to evaluate your personal injury case free of charge and with no obligation. Our attorneys won’t receive any payment unless we aggressively fight for what is yours and win you money in a settlement or court judgment. See our many reviews online that show past client satisfaction. Contact us today to meet our team online or over the phone and get started. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.