Injuries can result from a number of things: auto accidents, cyclist accidents, falls, or even medical malpractice. When one occurs, you want to find the best law firm, and best lawyer, who can help you with your personal injury claim. How do you do that, though? You start with these five tips to finding a law firm that can help you with a personal injury claim.
How many of their cases are referred by other lawyers?
The best law firms and the best lawyers are recognized by their peers as being the best. If a significant portion of their cases are referred from other lawyers, that’s a great sign that they are good at what they do. Ask friends or relatives that are attorneys, or other attorneys in your area, who they would refer you to, and look for the name that pops up most often, if you haven’t found an attorney you think you like already.
What does “no fee if no recovery” mean?
Most people assume that “no fee if no recovery” means that if you don’t win your case, you don’t pay anything. This is not always the case, however. Some lawyers won’t charge you a fee if you lose, but they’ll still charge you for expenses such as expert witness fees, medical records copies, or filing fees, among others. Ask the lawyer for specific details on what you’ll have to pay if you don’t win, as well as what they’ll take from your recovery if you do win. Look for a law firm, like ours, that will front all expenses and costs and truly charge you nothing if you don’t win.
Do they have the staffing and financial resources necessary?
Personal injury lawsuits can be complex and require numerous experts, which can get expensive. A law firm that doesn’t have the necessary financial resources to hire the necessary experts, or the staff to handle all the paperwork, interviews, and other work involved in working your case and potentially taking it all the way to trial if necessary, will cut corners and risk your case, or encourage you to take a low-ball settlement. Neither of those is an acceptable scenario.
How long have they been handling personal injury?
If your choice is to pay the same amount to a lawyer with 3 years of personal injury experience and no trials or to one with 25 years of experience and 100 trials, why wouldn’t you choose the more experienced attorney? Ask about both the firm’s background and the individual lawyer’s background. While you’re at it, you should also make sure the lawyer you talk to is the one who will be representing you.
Will they take it to trial?
Some lawyers will claim to go to court on your behalf, but they actually have no trial experience at all and would prefer to settle. Insurance companies know which lawyers do this, and which ones will go to trial, and they use that to their advantage when offering settlements. You want a lawyer that can, and will, take your case to trial if necessary.
Hiring a personal injury lawyer isn’t an easy decision. 'Maggio | Thompson, LLP can make that decision easier. We have the skills, experience, and knowledge required to handle your case from start to finish.