Here are some helpful tips on how to find the right car accident lawyer for you, after a motor vehicle collision.
Being the victim of a car accident can be a traumatic experience. Being injured in that accident will only make matters worse.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligence of another, you could be entitled to compensation for your losses.
To most effectively navigate the proper legal channels to secure that compensation, you will need experienced legal help.
How do You Find the Right Attorney for Your Needs?
If you have a solid case- one that is easy to win- you will have many attorneys to choose from. But you need to know how to sort through all of your options and choose a professional who will best serve your needs.
Ultimately, this means you’ll want to hire a reputable attorney with a track history of winning cases.
Start by asking friends, co-workers, and acquaintances for referrals. Pick a few from those referrals who really stand out to you and schedule consultations with them.
Before Meeting With the Attorney
Before the meeting, jot down some notes about your accident and collect all documents significant to your case. Copies of medical records, police reports, and insurance policies are all pertinent information as well.
Also before your meeting, write down any questions that you may have, that you’d like your potential attorney to answer. These may be questions related to your specific case, but also any questions that you may have about the legal process itself, or the way an attorney likes to work specifically.
By having these questions ready to go before your meeting, you’ll make sure you get all of the answers you’re looking for during your consultation.
At the Consultation
Once your meeting begins, if you don’t feel at ease with the attorney, it is probably a sign the two of you will not have a good working relationship. However, if you feel comfortable, have your questions ready and be prepared to take some notes:
- How long has the attorney been practicing?
- What is the extent of their experience with car accident cases?
- How will the attorney handle your case?
- What level of involvement will be required of you?
- In what manner will the attorney keep you abreast of progress with the case?
- Will the attorney be available to field your concerns and answer your questions as they arise?
- Will you be provided with the details of the billing schedule, including all fees, expenses, and payments?
Making the Final Decision
After sitting down face-to-face with a few attorneys, you will be better equipped to decide which one to hire. Once you have met with several attorneys, consult your notes and think about who made you feel most at ease.
Which ones used legal jargon, and which one spoke in terms that helped you understand the litigation process? Who had the most experience and success handling car accident claims? Do you understand the proposed fee arrangement?
The answers to these questions will help you select the right attorney for your case.