If you’ve been hurt due to someone else’s careless action and want to file a compensation claim, it is essential to find the right personal injury lawyer to represent you. While different situations could lead to a valid personal injury claim, an injury doesn’t automatically result in legal liability. A lawyer helps increase your chances of winning the claim and get compensation.
Here are some helpful tips to search for a good lawyer to take on your injury case:
Tip #1 Do Your Research
You should conduct some basic research before selecting your personal injury attorney. Like doctors, experience in the chosen area gives a lawyer the skills and insights to deliver the best results for you. Conducting a simple Google search will throw up plenty of interesting information such as reviews and news about a firm or a lawyer. Another credible source of information for evaluating the lawyer’s abilities and ethics is peer review ratings. Check if your lawyers have had any complaints filed against them and whether they have been suspended.
Tip #2 Collect Your Injury Related Documents
Remember, a good lawyer will always work to reduce your stress. Once you have narrowed down your search about lawyers who meet your needs, choose five or six to consult further with. But before going to the lawyer, make sure that you bring all the paperwork and documentation related to your injury and incident. These documents may include:
- Documents explaining diagnosis and treatment
- Bills from doctors and hospital
- Name and address of the hospital where you were first taken
- Bills from physical therapist
- List of current prescription medications
- Police report with details of the incident
- Copies of all official report (s)
Tip #3 Discuss Your Case
Before finalizing the lawyer, it is always a good idea to ask for a face-to-face meeting. If a lawyer can’t take five minutes to meet with you in person, then you can imagine the attention he’ll be paying to your case. While discussing the case, see how attentively the lawyer listens to the facts. During the meeting, ask about the merits of your case, the path he’ll take in handling your case, and what is the expected outcome.
Tip #4 Cost and Billing
Understanding the fee structure is an essential aspect of choosing a lawyer. Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they don’t charge fees upfront and instead collect the payment from the final settlement. The contingency fee agreement means that “you don’t pay if you don’t win.” However, it is important to read the agreement’s fine print to know whether it includes filing fees, photocopying costs, and expert witness fees.
About Joseph Discepola
JPD Injury Law, created by Joseph Patrick Discepola, aims to help personal injury clients get the justice they deserve. Unlike many other law firms, Joseph will listen to your concerns and develop a personalized and effective strategy to help you on your road to recovery. Joseph, a seasoned litigation and trial attorney, uses his experience, technology, and a network of experts, to achieve the outcome you deserve.