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Things to Consider when Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Personal Injury |

Your First and Most Critical Step – Hiring the Right Attorney

Going through a personal injury case can be like going on a hard journey.  What makes it tough?  The uncertainty of if and when you will fully recover, attending medical appointments, financial strain from missing work, lost experiences and memories, and dealing with the mental/emotional consequences of it all are just a few examples.  On top of this, you have an insurance company with a goal of paying you as little as possible.  It can feel all uphill.

The good news is that you do not have to travel the road to recovery alone.  A Chinese proverb says: “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” For you, the first and most critical step to successfully completing your road to recovery is hiring the right attorney to guide, assist, and fight for you along the way.

The ultimate compensation you recover can be greatly impacted by the attorney representing you.  How many billboards or social media ads a lawyer has will not help your case.  Rather, the attorney’s character, experience, integrity, work ethic, and overall grit will make a difference.  Is the person knowledgeable and experienced about your particular issue?  Is he or she Board Certified?  Will you be treated as an individual with unique needs or just another file?  Will the attorney take your case to trial if needed or just settle for cheap when the insurance company pushes back?  These are all very critical factors that can have a huge impact on your overall recovery.

In addition to the end result, we believe keeping clients informed and involved along the way is equally important.  For many reasons, not all law firms will be the right fit for your particular case or for you personally.  Not all personalities mesh.  People have different expectations about the level of client service that should be provided.  Some cases need a strong litigator to maximize the recovery potential.  Not every attorney can check all the boxes needed to satisfy your expectations and provide the greatest opportunity for maximizing your recovery.  Therefore, before signing a contract, it is important that you vet your attorney until you feel confident in their ability and commitment to your case.

Choosing the wrong attorney can lead to regret and be detrimental to your physical, emotional, and financial recovery.  The old saying “Don’t get hurt twice” is true.   Don’t get hurt a second time by choosing the wrong attorney.  If you decide midway through your case that you need to switch attorneys, doing so is not easy. Because you have signed a contract, that attorney may insist on you still paying them.  This creates a situation where your ultimate recovery is lessened because you have to pay fees and expenses to multiple attorneys.  The likelihood of this problem occurring can be greatly reduced by screening for the right attorney upfront.

Consider some of these factors before making your decision:

  1. Your confidence and comfort level with the attorney.
  2. Reviews from past clients.
  3. Experience handling similar cases.
  4. Whether the attorney is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law.
  5. Their plan to help you get the medical care you need.
  6. Past results obtained.
  7. Expected time to get your case resolved.
  8. Quality and frequency of expected client communication from your legal team.
  9. Ability to explain the process in a way that is understandable to you.
  10. Ability to answer your questions.
  11. Resources available to spend money for your benefit (e.g., hiring experts, etc.).
  12. Reputation of the firm in the legal community.
  13. Ability to go to trial if needed and prevail.

If you have been injured by the negligence of another and are trying to find the right attorney, reach out to the attorneys at The Daws Law Firm for a free consultation to see if we are right for you.  409-838-6000