Tips on Finding a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you've been injured in an auto accident or another type of unfortunate circumstance, you may be in need of an experienced personal injury attorney. Unless your situation was a simple accident and you are pleased with the compensation and medical care you've received, then you will want to seriously consider hiring a qualified lawyer in your area to help you through this difficult situation.

"At the end of the day, you should feel confident that your lawyer will competently handle your case, communicate with you regularly, and offer you advice and support along the way."

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Here are a variety of tips to consider when seeking a personal injury attorney:

  • Ask friends and family for a referral to a personal injury attorney who represented them in the past if they were pleased with the results.

  • Research different attorneys. A variety of state bar websites will give valuable information on attorneys, such as whether they are in good standing and are authorized to practice. You can also see if they've been involved in any form of disciplinary action.

  • Hire an attorney who specializes in auto accidents or personal injury in the particular state in which you were injured.

  • Find out their training as well as their legal experience.

  • Nolo.com suggests meeting with and interviewing the top two or three lawyers in your area who appeal to you. Consider the following questions:

      • How long have you been in practice?
      • What percentage of your cases involved personal injury?
      • Will you personally handle my case or pass it on?
      • Are you able to handle my case from start to finish?
      • What are your fees?

Access our complete, printable interview checklist.

You may not always be able to get a face-to-face consultation. Some meetings may be over the phone. However, make sure that you are comfortable with the attorney and that there is a good connection and communication between you. If you feel that an attorney is not a good listener or is rushing you, then this may not be the attorney for you.

Choosing a lawyer is a personal decision that should not be taken lightly. Most lawyers have had at least 19 years of education and have passed a very difficult exam in order to receive a certification to practice. However, you may not have a good personal connection with the most experienced lawyer in your state. Preference and an overall good feeling are just as important when meeting to talk with a potential candidate. See our guide Preparing to Meet with a Personal Injury Attorney.

Trying to handle a serious personal injury case on your own could save you a penny up front, but it can end up costing you thousands before it's over. 

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is the best way to deal with serious accidents, especially if you think you may be partially at fault. A competent personal injury lawyer will fight for you to make sure that you get the best settlement for your insurance claim.

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