If you or a loved one has experienced a severe, permanent or catastrophic injury, you probably need a personal injury lawyer’s advice to explore the possibility of filing a personal injury case. You shouldn’t just go with the very first lawyer you find, however; you need to find a personal injury attorney with extensive experience in personal injury claims who you feel that you can trust. But how do you go about finding a personal injury lawyer you can trust? Read on to learn the top factors you should look at when looking for a personal injury attorney.
Start by asking your family, friends and coworkers if they have used a personal injury lawyer for a claim that they recommend. After all, a firsthand recommendation is always the best testimony of experience. You can also ask other lawyers you have worked with for suggestions. However, if no one you know has any experience with a personal injury attorney, or has any strong recommendations, the next best place to turn is the Internet. You can find a large number of personal injury lawyers online and view how much experience they have in personal injury claims. How long has the lawyer been in practice? What percentage of the lawyer’s cases involve personal injury claims? Does the personal injury attorney mainly represent plaintiffs or defendants? (You would be the plaintiff in your case, so you want someone who has mainly represented plaintiffs.) Once you have found a good candidate, it’s time to go meet them in person.
Who Will Be Handling Your Case?
When determining the best attorney for you, sit down face-to-face and discuss your claim and possible ways of handling it. In addition to hearing about your lawyer’s qualifications and background, it’s important to find out if the lawyer you speak with will be handling your case personally or if they will pass it along to another lawyer in the office. Always find out which lawyer will have direct responsibility of your case and who you will be dealing with. If another lawyer will be working on your case, ask to meet with them too.
It’s important to know that your personal injury lawyer understands the gravity of your case, and will take the time and responsibility to pursue all leads, find experts to testify in your case, and really take an aggressive approach to recover the compensation you are entitled to and the justice you deserve. Once a lawyer accepts your personal injury case, you need to be confident that they will devote their full attention and resources to each stage of your case. If you’re having trouble finding a good lawyer, trying looking at a boutique personal injury law firm; most will only handle a limited number of cases in order to devote full energy and passion to each case and every client.
Resources Available for Your Case
Most personal injury cases aren’t black and white, clear cut, open and shut cases. They require countless hours of research, interviews with experts, testimony and possibly even a trial. Ask your potential lawyer for examples of other cases they have worked on, and what they did to prepare for the trial. You need to know that your attorney is willing to put in the time, energy and resources required to achieve the verdict or settlement you need to recover emotionally and/or physically from your injuries.
Last but not least, you need to be confident that your personal injury attorney not only understands your case, but understands you and where you are coming from. If you can’t trust your lawyer, you can’t trust them with your case. In addition, you want to make sure that you understand your case too. There can be a lot of legal jargon that goes on that you may not understand. It’s your lawyer’s responsibility to make sure you understand the legal process involving your case.
Your personal injury attorney should be deeply concerned that your rights be protected and that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Get recommendations, thoroughly interview any and all potential lawyers that would be working on your case, and make sure you find someone you trust before going forward with a case. Follow these tips, and you will ensure your rights are protected and that you receive full compensation available under the law for your injuries.
Passen & Powell is a Chicago personal injury lawyer firm that understands the immense responsibility involved in representing individuals and families in personal injury matters. For a free consultation with a top-rated Chicago personal injury lawyer from Passen & Powell, call us at (312) 527-4500 or visit our website, PassenLaw.com.