Don’t settle for less than you deserve.
The insurance company is going to try to get you to settle for as little as they can possibly get away with. This is their job, and they are very good at it. You need someone on your side who knows how to fight back and get you the compensation that you deserve.
The insurance company will also go out of its way to make your life miserable. If the insurance adjuster thinks that he can intimidate or scare you into settling for less than you deserve, he will do so without regard for your comfort or safety. Again, this is his job, and if he can badger or bully a victim into settling for less money than what his case deserves, then he wins and the company profits as a result of his cunning tactics.
If anything feels off about a lawyer—if you feel rushed through meetings or phone calls, if the lawyer doesn’t seem like they want to answer your questions—find someone else! It’s important that you find an attorney who makes time for you and goes above and beyond in order to keep communication lines open between themself and their clients; after all, no one wants a lawyer who only calls when there’s an important decision to be made (as opposed to keeping clients informed every step of the way).
Do your research.
When trying to find the best personal injury lawyer for you, it’s imperative to have a list of prospective lawyers who stand out from their competitors. To make this list, I recommend conducting your own research through Google or another search engine. When conducting a search on Google, be sure to type in “personal injury lawyer” followed by your city and state. This will give you a comprehensive list of attorneys in your area whom you can then narrow down based on credentials and reviews.
Now that you’ve created a shortlist of attorneys through your own research, it’s time to begin contacting them. But before calling or emailing any personal injury law firms, here are some questions to ask yourself: Is my lawyer board certified? Have they won similar cases like mine? Were they referred by someone I know and trust?
Make sure you’re choosing a lawyer based on expertise and qualifications, not just the price.
After you’ve done your initial research and come up with a list of options, it’s time to narrow down the field. The best way to do it is to meet with each attorney you’re considering and ask some questions.
- How many years have you been doing personal injury law?
- How much experience do you have with cases similar to mine?
- What are your hourly rates and how often will your billing department send me an invoice?
- How much money do I need to pay as a retainer?
- Who will be handling my case if I hire you? Will I be able to talk directly with that person whenever I need or want to, or will they be too busy and inaccessible?
While it’s important that the lawyer you choose has the appropriate amount of experience in personal injury law, there are other qualifications you should look for in someone who would represent your interests effectively. An experienced lawyer is not necessarily a good match for every client.
You’ll also want someone who will clearly explain their fees upfront (and keep them in line when possible).
Ask for referrals from friends, family and other lawyers.
Ask friends and family for referrals. Talk to people you know who have worked with a personal injury lawyer in the past. If they had a good experience with their attorney, ask them if they would use that attorney again and consult them as to why they feel their attorney did a good job. If you know someone who has had a bad experience with their personal injury attorney, ask them if they would recommend using that same lawyer or recommend a different attorney instead.
Consider how you’ll interact with the lawyer and their team.
Before choosing a personal injury lawyer, you’ll want to consider how you’ll be interacting with them and their team. What kind of experience do they have? Are they accessible? Do you feel comfortable with them? For example, in addition to being able to connect well with the lawyer, ask if they have a dedicated paralegal who can answer your questions and help move the process along. Additionally, you may want to make sure that they have a team of experts who can answer your questions and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Make sure their values align with your values.
Before you hire a personal injury lawyer, make sure their values align with yours. When hiring a lawyer, finding someone you can trust is key. You’ll be working together for months on end, and your lawyer will need to know personal details about you and your life. If you don’t share the same values, it may make the process more difficult or frustrating.
Values are how we live our lives—they outline the way we approach problems and how we treat others around us. Your lawyer needs to have integrity in their work ethic (for example: their ability to keep confidential information private) as well as in their morals (for example: avoiding greed).
A personal injury lawyer can help make sure you get what your injuries deserve
A personal injury lawyer will help make sure you get the amount you deserve. Personal injury lawyers devote themselves to one area of law. They are experts in the law and understand how it can be applied to your situation. Furthermore, a personal injury lawyer likely has relationships with doctors who can speak on your behalf regarding your injuries.
Having a personal injury lawyer helps ensure that you are treated fairly by insurance companies and others as well as helping you secure what your injuries actually deserve so that you do not have to settle for something less than what is fair because of the stress of facing an insurance company or other entity alone. Speaking with a personal injury attorney also helps alleviate fears that people often have when they are injured and need medical treatment; they know they can afford treatment because their case will be handled properly, so they do not have to worry about money problems getting in the way of recovering fully from their injuries.