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Finding the best Personal Injury Lawyer

March 2, 2010  

When choosing a personal injury lawyer, do not select the attorney with the most impressive advertisement on the radio, television, newspaper or Yellow Pages. These attorneys may not be the best-suited to handle your specific claim the best way possible. Instead, you should carefully look at several personal injury attorneys before choosing one to represent you. It may be a good idea to ask for any referrals from people you know who have had similar claims to yours. These are important things you should consider when researching personal injury lawyers:

1. Do the attorneys you are going to hire have experience representing the type of claim that you have? Personal injury lawyers tend to focus on specific types of claims and are very good at representing cases within that scope of practice, but may not be particularly suited to handle other types of claims. For example, a personal injury lawyer who has handled a large number of car accident cases, may not be best suited to handle your medical malpractice claim. Different laws govern different types of torts and you want to choose an attorney who is not only familiar with the laws that will help you receive compensation for your damages, but an attorney who is an expert at handling your type of case.

2. How successful has the attorney been at recovering money damages for their clients? You want to select a personal injury lawyer with a proven track record for helping their clients receive the compensation they are entitled to. Some things you will want to consider when determining the attorney’s success rate are how many cases the attorney has brought to trial (and the success of those trials) and how many cases the attorney has settled out of court. Even if you are planning on settling out of court, you want an attorney with courtroom experience in the event that a trial is the only way to receive fair compensation for your injuries.

3. Does the attorney belong to any professional organizations like their state’s Trial Lawyers Association and/or the American Association for Justice? Belonging to professional organizations like their state’s Trial Lawyers Association and/or the American Association for Justice may be indicative of a commitment to promoting fair and effective justice.

4. What type of fee does the personal injury legal firm charge for your kind of claim? Many personal injury legal firms will work on a contingent fee. This means that they do not receive any payment for their services if they don’t they recover money for you in settlement or court rulings. The payment a personal injury law firm receives when working on contingency is a part of the amount he or she recovers for you. You certainly need to ask what percentage of your recovery the attorney will take and receive the terms of your fee arrangement in writing.

Last not least, don’t forget to ask how many years of experience the attorney has, where they went to law school and what additional training or knowledge the lawyer has in your type of claim. The more information you receive about your potential personal injury lawyer, the more likely you will be able to pick the personal injury lawyer who can help you gain the money you are entitled to get compensated for your damages.

Not only do you want to hire an personal injury attorney with a proven track record with cases like yours, but you will want to consider the attorney’s personality and legal philosophy as well. Over the course of your case, you will be spending a lot of time with your attorney and placing a lot of trust in their character and ability. Therefore, it is important that you are comfortable with your attorney’s personality and philosophy.

It is imperative that you carefully look at all the information you have received about qualifying lawyers so you can hire the personal injury lawyer who not only has the most knowledge handling your type of claim, but the one who will fight for you to help you receive fair financial compensation for your injuries. Not all attorneys will be able to help you recover the maximum amount of money you deserve for your damages; therefore, it is important to take the time to investigate several attorneys and pick the one with the highest qualifications and experience.

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