Just like when you are shopping for a new pair of shoes, you should try out a few law firms before hiring one to represent you in your car accident case. There are several ways you can check if they are going to be a good fit for you with just a few simple questions. The best part about this article is that the tips require absolutely no legal experience, but will give you a good insight into the attorneys experience as well as how they will handle your case.
With so many firms out there all claiming to be the best, having some basic things you can check for is a great way to get to know your lawyer before hiring them.
Go For A Specialist
Since you are seeking assistance for a car accident claim we always recommend to go with a lawyer who specialties in that field, rather than a more generic firm that handles everything from personal injuries to domestic settlements. Yes, they might be a little more expensive but the benefits far outweigh the costs and you’ll have stronger representation if the case goes to trial, which also generally means a higher compensation payout.
Case History And Experience
Always check out the firms history and reviews online. It literately takes 1 minute to run a search in Google to find some really good (or bad) feedback from others who have used the firm to represent them in the past. Being able to see recent reviews as well as older feedback gives you a clear impression on how the business has changed over time and if that experience is getting better, or has come worse.
You will be better off focusing on the most recent reviews and feedback that the practice has received, and looking for specific details such as what the case was about is important. If there are great reviews but only a handful are for car accident cases they might not be the best fit for you. Some comments will give a hint of if the compensation the practice got for them was higher or lower than expected.
Get Down To Specifics
By now you are talking with a lawyer than has some recent reviews that are relevant to your particular case along with some good feedback on the compensation they were able to secure for their previous clients. Now its time to get down the more intricate details of your case. Talk with them about your exact needs and what kind of damages yourself and your vehicle have endured. How they respond to your questions and concerns will indicate how focused on your case they will be and if the best results will be achieved.
The Personality Connection
Remember you are hiring someone to deliver a service, and just like choosing a mechanic to work on your car, you want to have a good level of trust with the lawyer who is going to be fighting for your compensation. Make sure you have a good rapport with them and you can sense a good balance in your goals and what they consider reasonable. It’s important that you don’t set the bar too high, but push for what you believe to be fair as long as it is justifiable.
Care And Dedication
If your case makes it to trail, you need to be represented by someone who is passionate about you and your compensation. Make sure the lawyer you hire cares about your interests and not just the commission or other payment model you agree on.
These are just a handful of basic things to consider and think about when you are shopping around for a lawyer to represent you. Feel free to leave your thoughts below and check www.car-accident.info for all the latest information!