When you have been in an accident or have had a medical procedure go horribly wrong, it can change your life. You may not be able to work or do the things you love. You may have expensive medical bills to pay. You may be looking for a lawyer to help you get the money you need to pay these bills and make up for your injuries. Choosing a lawyer can be a big decision, and a very important one. Here is a guide to help you pick a lawyer:
First off, the don’ts. There are a lot of things that can be misleading when you are looking for an attorney. The attorney may promise big settlements, or fast results. A lot of attorneys have a catchy slogan or a flashy commercial. None of these things really mean that the attorney or law firm is good.
So what should you look for?
Look for an attorney that has experience in your type of case. You probably wouldn’t ask a chef to take your wedding photos. Similarly, you wouldn’t want to ask a bankruptcy attorney to handle your injury case. If you have been injured, you need to hire a personal injury attorney. It may even get more specific than that; some personal injury attorneys, like Bob, are well known for their work in specific areas, like brain injuries.
Look to see if they care. By the time you start talking to an attorney about the details of your case, you should be able to tell if the attorney seems invested in your cause. A good attorney will ask lots of questions about your case so that they will be able to argue your cause. They will also listen intently, answer any questions you have, and explain things that only seem to make sense to lawyers. Overall, they should appear to have your best interest at heart, trust your gut when it comes to this.
A good attorney is honest with you about your case. Sometimes the truth can be hard to hear, especially when it has a great impact on your life. However, a good attorney will tell you the hard-to-hear facts about your case; they will be completely honest with you about what things might be hard to prove and how much your case is worth. While this might be a little distressing, you can take comfort in the fact that the attorney is going to be honest with you on everything, if they are willing to be honest on the things that are harder to hear. You can also know that they would not have taken your case in the first place unless they truly believed in you and your cause.
When in doubt, ask for references. This is just a good rule anytime someone refers you to another person or service. That means that they were probably happy with them. When you are looking for a lawyer, it is always a good idea to start with family and friends to see if they used anyone in the past that they liked. Also, it is a good idea to ask other attorneys for references. If an attorney doesn’t feel comfortable handling your case because it is not the kind of work they do (see do number 1), then they will refer you to the person they think will best be able to handle it. Lawyers will not refer you to other lawyers that they do not think are good lawyers or think are untrustworthy.
If you keep these things in mind when looking for a lawyer, you will be able to get the representation you deserve.