Choosing the Right Attorney for a Bodily Injury Case
Finding a personal or bodily injury attorney is not difficult. The problem is knowing if the attorney you found is a good one, or the right one for you. If you have a good case, or a “winning case”, many lawyers will be willing to help. You need to be able to choose the right lawyer who will best represent you in your accident injury case.
What you should know:
The attorney you choose can make a huge difference in how your case is handled. Do research on the lawyers that you are interested in working with, get referrals and seek out online reviews. Once you have narrowed your choices, set up meetings with the lawyers to get a better feel for how you are going to be represented.
Pre-Planning for meeting with your lawyer
Take notes that include important information about your case. Provide evidence you may have, pictures of the accident scene, injuries, as well as names of witnesses. Include a copy of the police report of the accident, medical bills, and insurance information and policies, which are extremely important to your case. Your being organized and prepared will allow the attorney to be more effective in representing your interests.
Questions for the lawyer
When meeting with your lawyer, you should feel comfortable with him/her. If you feel that there is no chance of having a positive relationship, find another lawyer. If you do feel comfortable with your lawyer, have some question ready for them. Such as:
- How long has the lawyer been in business?
- How much experience does the lawyer have with your type of case?
- How will the lawyer approach your case?
- How much participation is expected on your part?
- How will the lawyer keep you notified on your case?
- What are the lawyers’ fees?
- What payment, billing, or expense arrangement will be expected?
- Will you be working with the lawyer directly, or will you only be in contact with legal assistants?
You want to make sure that you will have direct access to your lawyer, and that you are not being pushed off to the assistant. Direct contact with your lawyer is very important to clarify any other question you might have along the way.
Deciding on a lawyer
After meeting with a lawyer and discussing all of your concerns, you must decide on whether or not to hire the attorney.
- Are you comfortable with the lawyer?
- Do you believe the lawyer has enough experience to handle your case?
- Were all of your issues and concerns properly addressed and understood?
- Do you understand the fee agreement that will be put into place?
Once you have gone over all of these issues, you must decide which lawyer to hire. It might be a tough decision, but it will make all the difference in the end.