How To Select The Best Personal Injury Lawyer
Getting hurt, or, worse yet, a loved one losing a life due to the negligence of someone else, is one of the worst and most unfair things that can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, in many cases, an accident, even one resulting in serious injury or death, is not considered a criminal act. However, that doesn’t mean that people can’t get justice. This is the reason why personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits exist, and, like a criminal trial, these lawsuits must present arguments to a jury, and rely on that jury of peers to arrive at a decision of whether to award the lawsuit or not.
This means that you’ll want to have a case handled by seasoned lawyers. But how do you go about making sure that you make the right choice? You need to keep a few key considerations in mind as you begin your search.
Know What Your Problem Is
Just like with doctors, lawyers have different types of focus and specialization. So a financial lawyer is going to be very helpful with money matters, whereas a family law lawyer would be the person to talk to for issues like divorce, child custody or even prenuptial agreements.
However, even in personal injury, you may find that some lawyers have a focus that others don’t. Is your per-sonal injury or wrongful death due to a car accident? A boat accident? A truck accident? Did it happen at an amusement park? Or someone’s home? Did it happen in the workplace? Sometimes something as specific as whether traumatic brain injury was involved, or whether it as a defective product can mean that there is a lawyer out there with that specific focus, experience, and specialty. So always make sure you know exactly what kind of situation you’re dealing with, and seek out a lawyer that has experience in such court cases.
Check Reviews & Testimonials
We’re now fortunate enough to live in an age where we don’t have to take only a person at their word if they re-assure us that they’re the right ones for the job. The legal scene in Florida is a competitive one, and if anyone does a poor job, that unsatisfied client is going to be very loud and public about the issues. Conversely, when attorneys have been supportive, professional and gotten results, satisfied clients will also be quick to point this out.
If you’re compiling a shortlist of possible law firms to approach for your case, be sure to look at what online reviews and testimonials have to say. You can quickly find out whether the attorneys you’re interested in have the track record to give you confidence about your own case. Try looking up lawyers on the Martindale-Hubbell website, for example, to see what actual clients think.
Beyond what average, everyday clients like yourself think, are there any professional remarks, recognition or titles that a law firm has? For example, a law firm that has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau means that they meet outstanding requirements for professionalism and ethics. Are they a member of the American Association for Justice, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to representing plaintiff interests and fighting big corporations on their abuses? Are they members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates forum, for attorneys that have successfully won lawsuits exceeding $1 million dollars?
These and other credentials are what you should be looking for as you start narrowing down your choices. Of course, the final arbiter should be a face-to-face consultation. Always meet with a personal injury lawyer to dis-cuss your case and see how you feel about each other. If you’ve found the right partner, then make your choice and proceed!