One of the best ways to determine which lawyer will be the right fit for your need is to comparison-shop. Find the names of several attorneys through friends, family members or the internet, then check any reviews online. After selecting the ones that strike you as good possibilities, meet with each one, and go over the details of your claim. Choose the one with whom you are most comfortable and you find to be experienced, skilled, and knowledgeable.
Find a Lawyer You Trust
It is paramount that you have confidence in your lawyer. Few things would be worse than feeling like you need to second-guess your attorney through the entire legal process.
There are many options available today to research attorneys: advertisements, websites and social media outlets. On a law firm’s website, information is available showing the case types handled and the locations of practice. In addition, you will likely find some testimonials and descriptions of other injury suits and the compensation amounts recovered. Remember though, while websites and ads are helpful, these should not be the sole basis of your choice of attorney.
Using Your Network to Find a Lawyer
- Contact a former attorney for a referral. If you previously used a lawyer for a civil matter, real estate transaction or divorce, ask this lawyer for the name of a lawyer with similar values.
- Ask friends and family members who they previously used as a personal injury attorney. If they had positive experiences, arrange a consultation.
- If friends and family didn’t use a personal injury lawyer, but did use a lawyer for other matters like divorce or a legal contract, ask the friend or family member to get a referral for you from that attorney.
Check the Lawyer’s Rating
No matter where you ultimately find an attorney, it is important to verify that he or she is in good standing with the state and local bar association. Most large bar associations have referral lists where you can access attorney information at no charge. Rating guides online are another good source. Good rating programs include:
- Super Lawyers
- Martindale Peer Reviews
- Avvo Ratings
Now you are ready to start making calls and set up appointments.
Factors for Comparing Lawyers
Just as each personal injury case is very unique, so is each attorney-client relationship. To help determine which lawyer will work well for you, here are a few factors to consider:
There are pros and cons to both sides of the coin where an attorney’s professional experience is concerned. For example, a personal injury attorney who has several years of experience could have developed a great working relationship with insurance company claims adjusters and have a tough reputation for refusing to settle for low amounts of compensation. However, he or she may have such a heavy caseload that there is absolutely no chance of ever speaking with the attorney when you call, thus keeping you in the dark.
On the other hand, a relatively new attorney may be working diligently to build a great law practice by eagerly accepting new clients. Many lawyers who are recently out of law school will fight to prove themselves and work hard to earn the fee awaiting them.
Location and Presentation
While it may look prestigious to have a law office adorned with luxurious furnishings, it is no guarantee that a lawyer will successfully handle a case. Choosing a lawyer based on appearances could be a recipe for disaster. Some attorneys simply choose to keep a low profile, while others tend to go for sleek office settings.
The choice of location for an attorney’s practice is merely a personal preference. No legitimate correlation can be made between the glitter of a sleek office and an attorney’s representation of a client’s best interest.
The financial strength of a law firm will have a big impact on the handling of lawsuits because catastrophic injury cases stemming from product liability or medical malpractice are expensive and complicated. Attorneys who are successful at this type of litigation must be able to expend money in advance for medical record reviews, actuarial accountants, product engineering specialists, and medical experts. Without a proper degree of financial strength, a law firm will not be able to adequately represent a personal injury client.
Knowing whether lawyers graduated in the middle, top or bottom of their law school class won’t necessarily help determine if they will effectively represent their clients. Additionally, if a lawyer graduated from Harvard Law School, yet has zero negotiating skills, a client would be better off with someone who graduated from a state law school and can get a high compensation settlement amount for clients.
It’s not necessary for a great attorney to graduate from an Ivy League school. At the end of the day, all that matters for a great attorney is to have the skills, perseverance, experience, and abilities that count to win your case.
Choosing the Right Attorney
To determine if an attorney is the right one, make an appointment to discuss your issue. Bring all documents related to your injury claim. Bring medical bills, proof of lost wages, police reports, and any correspondence from an insurance company.
The personal injury attorneys at The Eichholz Law Firm don’t charge a fee for an initial consultation. If an attorney’s office says it will charge a fee for simply discussing the particulars of your case and deciding whether to represent you, you should probably take your case elsewhere.
Answer These Questions
Lastly, it may be beneficial to know the answers to a few key questions before ultimately choosing the right attorney to represent your case. By all means, if you have an interest in the name of the law school attended, ask for it. However, answers to the following questions may be more important in making a final decision:
- For what period of time has the attorney been in practice?
- How much of the attorney’s practice involves cases of personal injury?
- Does the attorney mostly represent claimants like you or defendants like insurance companies and other businesses?
- Does the attorney have any experience with the particular insurance company in your situation, or possibly even the exact insurance adjuster?
Find a Qualified and Experienced Attorney at The Eichholz Law Firm
David Eichholz and his staff have earned a reputation as one of the most successful law firms by using expertise, resources, and diligence to fight for their clients’ rights. The Eichholz Law Firm has four decades of litigation experience and a proven track record of successful results.
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