Dealing with lawsuits and lawyers is certainly no day at the park, but these days, it’s sometimes necessary to take legal action to ensure you’re given what you deserve. Despite the fact that 95-96% percent of personal injury cases are settled pretrial, there’s still a chance you’ll end up making your case in front of a judge, and if it gets to that point, preparation is crucial. Risks of injury, or ‘lawsuits waiting to happen,’ are all around us. Some are unavoidable, like a slip or fall – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 17,000 slip and fall accidents occur every year. Other injuries are a bit more preventable, such as injuries due to auto accidents. Believe it or not, distracted driving accounted for 10% of the deaths in car accidents during 2014 while alcohol-related accidents accounted for 31% of the deaths in car accidents. Furthermore, 50,000 serious injuries and 2,300 deaths occur in motorcycle accidents every year. But whatever the case may be, it’s your duty to obtain a personal injury attorney. Finding a good attorney can be a challenge, but proper legal representation is important when it comes to a personal injury lawsuit. Here are a few tips for finding and choosing an attorney to represent your case.
First, it’s crucial to do your research. The internet is a virtually limitless resource, and there are tons of websites dedicated to helping find lawyers for people in need. It’s best to find lawyers who specialize in personal injuries due to their expertise in the area, and you definitely want to find someone who knows how to best represent your case. Beyond finding a lawyer that specializes in personal injuries, you can get even more specific by looking for lawyers who focus on your field or method of injury, such as an injury caused from a medical error. According to the Institute of Medicine, medical errors lead to about 100,000 fatalities every year, and there are countless attorneys who specialize in this area of personal injury.
When it comes down to it, a lawyer’s experience in the field could make a world of difference in how they represent your case. Not only do you want to find a lawyer with a winning record who isn’t afraid to go to trial, but you also want to find one with no disciplinary record. It’s simple – just go to your state’s website and look at the list of attorneys who have been suspended or disbarred from the practice. If the attorney you’re considering isn’t on the list, you’re good.
Friends and family can also be an extremely useful tool when it comes to finding a lawyer. Personal referrals go a long way, so don’t be afraid to ask your family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, or anyone else you think may have a good suggestion to find lawyers.
Finally, call law firms. Don’t be afraid to ask the difficult questions. Talking to prospective lawyers on the phone can unveil many things about them that a Google search simply can’t. Listen to the way they talk – do you feel as though they care and can represent your case as accurately as possible? Do they have a friendly demeanor, or are they loud and boisterous? Pick one that matches your needs.
The process of selecting an injury lawyer to represent you in court can certainly seem like a daunting task. Make sure to take the time you need to research and find lawyers (within the statute of limitations, of course). Don’t settle for less than you deserve. It’s your life and your livelihood, and you deserve the best.