How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Finding a good personal injury lawyer might be the last thing on your mind when you or someone you love sustains an injury. But it is also a necessity, so follow these guidelines to make your choice easier.

  • Look for injury lawyers in your area on the American Bar Association website ( Click on Find Legal Help and you will get a map of the United States. Choose your state and follow the instructions to get a list of lawyers for your region.
  • You should know a bit about the history of the lawyer you choose. Ask your friends, relatives or coworkers if they know an injury lawyer. If they don’t know one personally, they can ask their friends in turn. In this way, you will get some important information about the way the lawyer acts and the lawyer’s competency from a trusted source. A lawyer will never tell you himself if he has a bad case record or doesn’t perform well at his job.

  • You’ve probably needed a lawyer somewhere along the way, even if for only minor legal problems. If you have a lawyer you know and trust, ask for referrals. Tell them about your problem and ask if they know a good personal injury lawyer. Lawyers know a lot of other lawyers, so you will probably get a few names this way.
  • Don’t just choose one lawyer you’ve heard about. Instead, make list and meet up with several personal injury lawyers. Ask each one of them about their experience with similar cases, your chances of winning and the estimated cost. The lawyers might need to do some research on your case before answering all your questions, so make sure to book an initial meeting and a second meeting, if necessary.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask about the fees the lawyer charges. Some lawyers want payment up front, while others accept payment out of the settlement. Make sure you have all the costs figured out from the beginning and sing a fee agreement.
  • Choose the lawyer who understands you and comes across as a good negotiator. Many cases do not even go to court, instead settling through negotiation. Therefore, you should choose a lawyer with a pleasant character and strong negotiation skills.
  • Understand that the lawyer does not work on your case only. Also, legal actions take time and depend on a lot of procedures. Have patience with your lawyer and don’t rush your case. Ask for updates from time to time to ensure things move along, but don’t grow angry at your lawyer if it takes too long since some things are beyond their control.

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About the Author: Darlene Aronson holds a degree in English literature and is a college teacher in Texas, USA. She likes to help others by sharing her experiences in education and training field. She has written for many blogs as well as local magazines.

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