Finding an attorney after you’ve suffered an injury can seem like an uphill task. This is because for many people, the novelty of the whole process can be overwhelming. That being said, following the golden rules and steps laid out here can help you find someone who can represent you and your case with the respect that it deserves.
The first thing you need to do when preparing to find an attorney is to document everything pertaining to your injury or accident. Collect any information that you think may be important to the case, and hold on to business cards and other contact information you may be given by witnesses as all of these will add up to what’s called burden of proof.
Ask for Recommendations
Next, you want to ask friends and family for recommendations. That being said, don’t just go with the first name they give you. This is only the preliminary stage of collecting potential attorneys before you make your final decision. In addition, you want to check in the yellow pages, make a few calls as well as perform a basic internet search.
Use the Internet to Search for an Injury Attorney
When it comes to the internet, make sure to use the search bar, the attorney’s or law firms name with the words ‘reviews’ or ‘complaints’ in order to get a holistic picture of what the general public have to say about the lawyer and his firm. In addition, head on over to their site and take a look at their blog. A poorly maintained one is a sign that the law firm isn’t detail-oriented and slacks on the smallest of things. Lastly, take a look at the settlements page (if they have one) and check out cases similar to yours to get an idea of what you’ll get in terms of your payout.
Ask for a Free Consultation
Your ideal injury attorney should be one that can offer a free initial consultation which lasts about half an hour to 45 minutes. They should be able to answer your basic questions and have a firm grasp of the law. If you get passed on to a paralegal because the attorney is not in the office or too busy to take your call, you might want to avoid the law firm and attorney.
Schedule an Appointment
It is important to make an appointment with your chosen attorney in order to hash out issues such as whether or not they work on contingency fee basis, what their cut is, any pertinent expenses and their amounts which may be passed on to you and whether or not you are expected to pay a retainer fee. At the end of the day, you should feel like you can trust the attorney and that their experience is up to par with your expectations for a good injury attorney.
If you’ve been injured in an accident and are looking for legal representation, you’ve come to the right place. Please call us today on 877-561-3004 for your free and confidential consultation. Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.