Finding the right personal injury attorney for your case is crucial. Your attorney will have a direct impact on the outcome and value of your case. You need to be sure that you hire an attorney with relevant experience with your particular type of injury.
Your attorney will also have an effect on your case experience. Selecting an attorney who doesn't share your views about your case could lead to poor communication and a lack of trust. This can add unnecessary stress and anxiety to the entire process; make sure you select someone with whom you can connect on both a personal and professional level.
For many people today, the first stop to discovering the best personal injury attorney nearby is the internet. There are a seemingly unlimited amount of attorneys to be found online, but you can narrow down your initial prospect list by using the tips below.
Research the partners, the firm and any associated organizations
Don't just search for a law firm. Dig deep into the partners, associates and any organizations associated with the firm, too. You never know who will work or have an impact on your case at the law firm level, so it's best to research everyone you possibly can.
You can search for information on a law firm and those connected to it in various ways. Legal directories, web forums, Google, Yelp and other places often provide client reviews. Be advised that some of these reviews might not be verified, and adjust the faith you place in such reviews accordingly. Sometimes, a review can contain information that isn't necessarily "bad," but indicates that a particular personal injury attorney is not the right lawyer for you. For instance, if you don't want a very aggressive type of attorney, seeing reviews that indicate a high level of aggression, even if the review is positive, could let you know that the attorney is not a fit.
Explore additional content
Many law firm websites have additional content, such as guides, legal blogs and more. It's worth it to investigate the type of content a law firm keeps on its website and whether the firm keeps up on current legal news. Seeing a well-maintained, updated and user-friendly website can help give you confidence in a law firm's abilities.
Look for a no-fee consultation on the website
You should be able to meet with each of your prospective attorneys in person to discuss your case briefly without having to pay or commit to any legal services. This is an important meeting. Not only do you get to gauge your attorney's personality and get a glimpse into how they manage their office, you will also get the chance to provide a brief explanation of your case and hear how the attorney would approach it. You and your attorney need to be on the same page. Communication is vital. Ask the attorney to explain the "why" behind important tactical decisions. If you disagree with the attorney's approach and he or she cannot provide acceptable explanations as to that apprach, it's probably time to move to the next name on your list.
Additionally, you can use this meeting to evaulate the attorney's experience with cases like yours. Ask about the final outcomes of some of those cases to gain a clearer picture of the attorney's track record.
It will take some time and research to discover the best personal injury attorney nearby, but it's worth the effort. By doing some online research before you visit an office, you can save yourself time and make sure you're choosing from a list of the best injury attorneys for your case.
Please be advised that this is provided for general information purposes only. No attorney-client relationship is formed by the provision of this information. The best resource for information about your case is consulting an attorney.