If you are reading this blog post, it is likely that you have recently suffered from personal injury so unbearable that you have considered filing a claim. By now, you have probably gone through a lot. You have had to deal with not only the pain that comes with injury but also with the emotional, mental, physical, and financial toll that personal injury brings. You want to make sure you collect the full damages you are owed, and you want to make sure that you do it as quickly and as painlessly as possible. In order to do this, you will need to procure the assistance of a good lawyer.
Seeking out legal assistance may seem daunting to you, especially if you have never dealt with a case like this before. You may feel totally lost when it comes to what you should be looking for in a personal injury lawyer and may not know what to expect during an initial consultation. We know that this can be an intimidating process, especially when you are at such a vulnerable point in your life. You do not want to be dealing with any extra stress. This blog post may help you pinpoint what to look out for when searching for a personal injury lawyer.
It is only natural to want to work with a lawyer with a high success rate, especially when considering the long and taxing process of dealing with a personal injury claim. Besides, you are already dealing with the effects of the personal injury itself. You want to make sure that your lawyer can get you the damages you are owed and not waste your time or money. For the best results, you should look for a lawyer who has years of experience both in and out of the courtroom. In addition, you want to make sure that your lawyer has experience in working with your specific personal injury type (e.g. motorcycle accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, workplace accidents, et cetera).
Remember that scheduling an initial consultation with a lawyer does not necessarily obligate you to stick with them for your case. In most cases, initial consultations are offered free of charge and are a good way to get to know the lawyer. You should come prepared to these consultations with any questions or concerns you may have—including the years of experience the lawyer has, the types of cases they are experienced in, and their success rate. If they are not forthcoming in their answers to these questions or their answers are less than satisfactory, it may be a sign for you to move onto the next attorney in your search.
You may automatically assume that any successful lawyer is a good lawyer. While that may be true, that does not necessarily make every successful lawyer good for your specific case. When it comes to pursuing your personal injury claim, you do not need to put personality compatibility to the wayside. In fact, it may be an extremely important factor in your case. A good lawyer is not just ruthless in pursuing your case. They will also put you first. This means that they are responsive to your questions, keep you updated on your case, and is generally considerate of your needs.
It is important that you are involved in your own case. That way, you can have a full understanding of its machinations. Being updated on your case will allow you to ensure that your case is being handled personally by your lawyer rather than being handed off to another staff member. Furthermore, an attorney who cares about you will know that you deserve to be kept up to date on the details of your case. And can you really expect a lawyer to know how to best fight for your case if they are not even there to listen to you describe your injuries? Open communication allows you and your lawyer to build up your case with any and every possible relevant detail.
You may be able to assess how personable a lawyer is and how compatible you are during the initial consultation. However, you can also look up client testimonials to see how others have felt about working with your lawyer. If reviews are overwhelmingly bad when your consultation goes well, it may be a possible warning sign that things will start off good before petering off. It is important to take in all of the information provided to you and analyze it holistically.
Unfortunately, some lawyers may seem dependable and pleasant while actually overcharging you. For that reason, it is important to know that most personal injury attorneys operate on a contingent claim. In other words, they will only get paid if you win. There are some exceptions to this rule—for instance, contingency bases do not apply to cases where you are fighting for non-monetary damages and you may still incur other case-related fees.
Still, this means that there is little to no reason for you to work with a personal injury lawyer who charges a retainer fee, charges hourly, charges a flat fee, or asks for a fee upfront. You should not be intimidated or fooled into paying any unnecessary charges. If a personal injury attorney tries to convince you otherwise, it is probably time to move onto the next one in your search.
If you are suffering from personal injury, we know that you are looking for one thing: relief. No matter the context in which your injury occurred (e.g. pedestrian accidents, bike accidents, medical malpractice, et cetera), we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Our team of experts and investigators is dedicated to helping personal injury victims around the country. Although we are a Colorado-based firm, our nationwide personal injury attorneys may be able to help you no matter where you are located in the United States. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our seasoned lawyers today.