If you suffered in a personal injury accident that because of someone else’s fault, you should consult with a lawyer to make a claim and get the compensation you deserved.
However, insurance companies will try all their best to take advantage of you if you should decide to sue, so it is not wise for you to personally meet the insurance company without your lawyer present. An experienced personal injury lawyer will know how to successfully negotiate with the insurance company and handle your case.
Anyway, it is really a time consuming and challenging task to select a proper lawyer for yourself. Here are some important qualities for your reference when selecting your lawyer.
Experience – The most important thing you should think about is the lawyer’s experience. You will never want to hire a green hand in your case. The more case like yours the lawyer experienced, the more successfully your case would be handled. A good lawyer is the one who experienced so many such cases and will know what to do immediately without researching your case or check court decisions. This will save you a lot of time and energy.
Specialization – You should try to find a lawyer who is specializing in handling cases like yours. Experiences are very important but they should be related to your case. Thus, the lawyer will be familiar with your case and he/she will have a well-thought-out plan about how your case should handled, which will largely enhance the chance for your case to be successful. For example, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, you wouldn’t want a lawyer who is majored in real estate.
Reputation – You should also take the lawyer’s reputation into consideration when trying to find one. The more successful similar cases he/she has handled, the more possible for your case to win. So if a family member or friend can recommend a lawyer that has good work experiences in cases similar to yours, then it is advisable for you to make the appointment to meet the lawyer. Besides, if the lawyer is a member of American Association for Justice (AAJ), that previously was known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), which is the biggest association for personal injury lawyers in the United States, then he/she must have a higher reputation than others.
These tips are just some guidelines for you to select a qualified personal injury lawyer. Remember, the step of selecting your lawyer may be crucial to your case result.