Hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you seek the compensation you deserve and easily navigate your recovery, insurance, and the legal system. With proper legal representation, you can rest assured that your rights are protected and focus on solely on your recovery. This article provides guidance and suggestions in making an educated decision in choosing a personal injury lawyer for your case.
ExperienceThe first factor to consider is the lawyer's experience. Look for a lawyer who has experience handling the specific types of personal injury case you experience in your accident. Experienced lawyers know how insurance companies/defendants operate and can provide the best possible legal road map towards negotiating the best possible settlement or trial/verdict/award of your case. A lawyer who has handled cases like yours will be familiar with the legal issues involved and can help you navigate the process more efficiently.
ReputationCheck the lawyer's reputation before hiring them. You can read online reviews or ask for references from people who have hired that lawyer or law firm before. You can also check with your local bar association to see if any disciplinary actions or complaints have been filed against the lawyer. A reputable lawyer will have a record of successful cases and satisfied clients.
CommunicationYou want a lawyer who communicates well and keeps you informed. A good lawyer should respond to your questions and concerns in a timely matter. In today’s society and the multiple mediums of communication, responsiveness and direct communication are keys to a successful legal outcome. Ask the lawyer how they plan to communicate with you and how often you can expect updates or returned messages. Lawyers should be able to communicate and provide clients direct access to handling attorneys or paralegals via phone, email, or text.
ResourcesPersonal injury cases can be complex and require significant resources to prepare and present effectively. Ask the lawyer about their available resources to help you build your case. Choose a lawyer with access to the necessary resources, including expert witnesses and investigators, to strengthen and preserve evidence in your case. A well-equipped and resourceful lawyer will be better positioned to handle your case and start the path towards receiving the compensation you deserve.
Dealing with Insurance CompaniesInsurance companies can be challenging; a skilled lawyer must negotiate with them effectively. Ask the lawyer about their approach to insurance companies and how they plan to maximize your compensation. Make certain your lawyer is looking at all available coverages against each particular Defendant. Your lawyer should be able to explain and educate the client on the meaning and availability of Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage, PIP, Med Pay, and Excess or Umbrella Coverages. Furthermore, look for lawyers who litigate cases in both state and federal court from start to finish. The more litigation experience results a firm has the better off they will be to deal with the insurance company in the pre-litigation process.
If you or someone you care about has suffered a personal injury, choosing the right lawyer to represent you is essential. At Sherwood Law Group, our experienced personal injury attorneys have a proven track record of helping clients get the compensation they deserve.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you with your case.