Should you or shouldn’t you can be a major question when it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer. Here’s some tips to help you.
Do I need a personal injury attorney at all?
Sadly, no matter how fair the case, the company you’re bringing against it will likely not want to pay, or at least get you to accept the least money possible. Life, sadly, isn’t always fair. There are some cases that can successfully be handled by someone with the time, commitment and energy to devote to self-representing. Those investments are heavy, however, so if you’re in recovery or therapy and need to concentrate on that, it’s not for you. In general, minor cases with soft tissue injuries can be fairly easily self-represented. When it comes to ‘hard’ injuries, however- nerve damage, poisoning, severe burns and scars, broken bones, medical malpractice and more- it’s absolutely essential to have the right representation.
How do I pay the personal injury attorney?
Most lawyers in these types of cases will accept the case on contingency basis- they don’t’ get paid if you don’t, and take a large percentage of the settlement if you do. Do remember that some fees may be due win or lose. Sometimes you can negotiate these fees, but not always.visit us now!
How do I hire a personal injury lawyer?
Referrals and good word of mouth remain some of the best ways to source a reliable and useful professional. The proactive support of family and friends for a specific practitioner is worth considering- that means enthusiastic people happy with the way their cases turned out, not lukewarm feelings of ‘it was alright’, but you’re probably better off seeking referrals and advice from people in similar fields who may cross paths with personal injury lawyers.
For example, if you work already with an accountant or financial planner, they may be able to refer you to a good practitioner in the field. Other attorneys, too, may be able to suggest a personal injury lawyer they know of and have worked with before. Do be aware that some practitioners will receive a fairly substantial referral fee for these services. This isn’t illegal and does incentivise them to pass you to successful practitioners who will win your case, but may make you uncomfortable.(http://www.actionhub.com/stories/2014/09/19/first-descents-outdoor-adventure-program-lauded-recent-study/)
Referral services for personal injury attorneys exist, and it’s always worth addressing membership organizations too. The state bar is a great place to start. Of course, there’s also always advertising- most attorney adverts are monitored by the state bar too, to avoid fake claims- and online reviews and referrals. Do treat these with slightly more caution and do your own research, however, as listing with these may be easily and there may be no screening process in place.
As always, when you have a shortlist of personal injury attorneys, do your own research and due diligence to satisfy yourself that you’re comfortable with them and are in the hands of a skilled practitioner.