It’s obvious: lawyers vary in many ways, from experience to integrity. Hence, you need to do some research in order to know who’s right for you. You don’t want to sacrifice the outcome of your case by making the wrong choice. So before you decide to hire someone, take some time to make a few considerations.
If you want to know where the lawyer finished law school, you can always ask them, though that’s not as important as their professional experience. Specifically, find out the length of time that they’ve been in the profession and what percentage of it is devoted to personal injury cases. Also, do they usually represent claimants or defendants? Have they worked with the insurance company involved, or maybe the adjuster himself?
Lawyer or Firm?
Working as a team on their cases is a very common practice among lawyers. Routine tasks are typically done by less experienced ones and paralegals, which is actually an advantage since you no longer have to wait for a veteran but busy lawyer to find time for you. And if you’re paying on an hourly basis, you can surely save a lot with a junior lawyer doing the paperwork.
The Importance of Communication
To have a truly productive lawyer-client relationship, you need to start with good communication. Was the lawyer attentive when you talked during your initial consultation? Were they open-minded as you suggested ideas on the right approach to your case? Did they take the time to explain things well to you?
You want somebody who has sincerity and won’t just look at you as a case number. The more willing and able they are to explain what’s going on with your case, the more you can make better decisions. On top of that, picking a lawyer who “clicks” with your personality can help diffuse the stress that may come with your case.
The Settlement You Want
Once you have discussed with the lawyer the facts pertaining to your case, as well as the history of your dealings with the insurance firm, the attorney may offer you his opinion of how much your case is worth and how easy or difficult it may be to make the insurer pay that amount. This is where you can propose to approach your case in this or that manner as you see right.
Say, you may have a specific range of a settlement in mind that you think is acceptable, for minimum hassle and cost. Perhaps you wish to receive more than what the insurer has offered to give earlier, or you simply don’t care how long it will take as long as you get the maximum possible payout. In the end, you need to be able to express this to your potential lawyer while you observe closely how he responds.
Clearly, finding the right personal injury lawyer won’t happen in a snap. There are simply no shortcuts.