How to Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
Gregg Hollander | October 6, 2020 | Personal Injury
An accident resulting in an injury to you or a loved one can happen at any time. According to a report published by the Center for Disease Control, as recently as 2017 nearly 30 million Americans visited emergency departments because of an unintentional injury. To be sure, many of those visits are for bumps or bruises and taken merely as a precaution.
Still, with accidents as common as they are, there is a good chance you might one day face a serious injury and need a good personal injury lawyer to help you stand up to your insurance company or a liable third party. But how can you go about finding a good personal injury lawyer in the first place?
That question is one millions of Americans wrestle with every year. But before we can answer it, we need to define what a good personal injury lawyer is.
A good personal injury lawyer is often known for their vast experience dealing with personal injury claims like yours. For instance, if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you’ll want to work with an attorney who has handled many car accident claims before.
A good lawyer is one who is committed to you as their client, will go the extra mile for you, and who knows how to communicate. They’ll answer your every call and respond promptly if they are unavailable.
However, just because you know what makes a good personal injury lawyer good, doesn’t mean you know how to find one. Here are three simple steps to help you find a good personal injury lawyer.
One way you can vet a personal injury lawyer you are thinking about hiring is by asking friends, families, neighbors, and colleagues what their experience with the lawyer was. You could also ask them if they have another attorney they would recommend more highly. Referrals are one of the most common ways people hear about good lawyers.
The testimonial of a trusted person in your life is a valuable tool for identifying a good personal injury lawyer.
Check Law Firm Directories
The internet is also a treasure trove of important information about lawyers and which ones are good and which ones are not. There are a number of law firm directories that do a great job of listing some of the best personal injury lawyers in each state.
Lawyer.com, for example, is very user-friendly and has pages dedicated to dozens of different practice areas. Once you have selected which practice area you are searching for, in this case, it would be accident/injury, you can then search by state, and even look through the different law firms in each city or county within a state.
Every firm lists their contact information and a short description of their area of focus and expertise. Office hours, experience, and even a picture are also available for many of the firms found in the directory.
Read Potential Firms’ Websites
One final way to find a good personal injury lawyer is to research and read the websites of the firms you are interested in. A good personal injury lawyer and law firm should have a quality website that clearly communicates their experience, contact information, and possibly even a blog.
Read through a lawyer’s profile to see where they went to law school and how long they have been handling the type of case you have. Many law firms will also have pages on their websites dedicated to verdicts and settlements they have won so you can get an idea of how successful they are.
Take your time and browse several pages to make sure you get a good idea of the quality of the lawyer you are researching.
What Else to Consider
There are several other things to know that will help you identify the good personal injury lawyers from the bad. In addition to:
- asking family and friends,
- searching a law directory, and
- thoroughly reading a firm’s website,
you will also want to make sure the firm offers a free consultation and operates under a contingency fee agreement. Any decent personal injury lawyer waits to get paid until they have won your case or at least earned you a settlement for the compensation you are due.
Finally, if a personal injury lawyer you are considering hiring makes bold predictions or guarantees anything, they are probably not the lawyer for you. When it comes to personal injury lawyers, it is best if they under-promise and over-deliver.