If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident or by another person’s negligence, you may have a personal injury claim. With so many lawyers out there how do you know which personal injury attorney or firm is right for you and your case?
Here are a few things you should look for:
Your personal injury attorneys should have experience representing clients in similar cases with similar types of injuries. When you are interviewing, ask your attorney for examples of similar types of cases they have handled-for example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, ask them for examples of other slip and fall cases they have handled. If your loved one suffered a birth injury, ask them about their recent birth injury lawsuits. Do they handle a lot of these types of claims? Have they had good results?
Some personal injury attorneys settle the vast majority of their cases while others take a large number of their cases to trial. The insurance companies know which firms are more likely to settle vs. trying the case to a jury. In some cases, law firms that have a reputation for settling cases and avoiding trial may get smaller settlement offers than the law firms that take the cases to court.
In addition, some firms have a reputation for handling complex litigation cases while others tend to handle the relatively simple accident and injury claims while referring out the more complex cases to other attorneys. If the attorney you hire has a lot of experience with auto accident cases, but those cases tend to be straightforward claims, you may not get the representation you need if your case is extremely complex.
Ask prospective attorneys about their practice and their reputations. Make sure that your attorney will handle your claim rather than referring it to another law firm.
Experience and knowledge alone, don’t mean anything if your attorney or firm can’t deliver. What you really want are results. Ask to see some of the attorneys’ recent verdicts and settlements. Specifically, ask for verdicts and settlements in cases with similar injuries to yours as well as claims that occurred in a similar manner (i.e., auto accident, motorcycle accident,medical malpractice, etc.). Were all of the cases settled or were some tried in court with a jury? Ask to speak to former clients so you can get a feel for their level of satisfaction, both with the results and how they were treated during the process.
As an additional resource, please see our page on Questions to Ask When Selecting a Personal Injury Attorney.
When you are comparing personal injury attorneys and firms, look at all of these factors to ensure you are getting a complete picture of who will be representing you, because you are trusting them to give you the best representation they can.