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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

On Behalf of | Feb 4, 2020 | Personal Injury

When you are seriously injured due to the negligence of another person, finding the right personal injury lawyer who is right for you and your case could easily be one of the most important decisions you ever make. When choosing a personal injury lawyer in your area, there are several factors you are going to want to take into consideration and questions you will want to ask, which we are going to dive into in today’s blog. Don’t wait any longer to have your rights protected or to get the compensation that you deserve.

Previous Experience

You will want to do your research to determine how much experience a personal injury lawyer has, as well as if they have past experience working on cases similar to yours. You will also want to make sure that personal injury law is the primary focus of their practice, as they are more likely to fully understand the laws that impact cases like yours. Your lawyer will also be more likely to know how to overcome insurance company tricks and tactics.

Check Their Reviews

You will also want to do your research on reviews from people who have worked with specific personal injury lawyers before making the commitment to working with them yourself. While one bad review shouldn’t turn you off from a lawyer completely, if a lot of people are writing not-so-good things about a specific lawyer, you may want to reconsider.

Use Your Network

Another great way to determine whether or not a personal injury lawyer is reliable is to ask family and friends if they’ve ever worked with one in the past. If someone reports a positive experience with one, schedule a consultation with them to see if they could potentially be a good fit for you. If your friends and family don’t personally know a personal injury lawyer but have had one for another legal matter such as divorce, you can always contact that attorney for a referral to a personal injury lawyer.

Commitment to Your Care

Experiencing a serious injury can be traumatic, which is why it is important to not only find a personal injury lawyer with experience, but one who genuinely cares about your case and gives it the attention that it deserves. Always be sure to ask questions like who will be handling your case and what aspects of the case they will be involved in. This will give you a better idea of how the process will unfold so you can feel comfortable with your decision. Here are some examples of other questions you should go over with a potential personal injury lawyer to see if they will be a good fit for your case:

  • What are your fees?
  • How much time can you devote to my case?
  • How long does it typically take to resolve a case like mine?
  • What is my role in the lawsuit
  • Will my case go to trial? What is your success rate at trial?

They Are Available to You

Your personal injury lawyer should keep you up-to-date on your case as things unfold and should be available to answer any questions you have that may arise throughout the course of your case. During your consultation, discuss this with your lawyer to see how soon you can expect responses back from them. Ensure that they can provide you with information typically within 24 hours, or else they may not be providing you with the availability that you deserve.

Listen to Your Gut

After doing your research and meeting them for a free consultation (which most personal injury lawyers provide), you should ultimately be able to tell from your gut feeling if working with a certain lawyer is a good idea or not. If they have years of experience, receive overall good reviews, are committed to your care and are available to you throughout the course of your case, you are likely in great hands.

If you or someone you love has experienced a serious injury due to another person, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Woods & Thompson, P.A. in Minneapolis today for a free consultation to see if we will be a good fit for you and your case. We have years of experience handling a large range of personal injury cases, from auto accidents, slips and falls, child injuries, and more, and are dedicated to helping each and every one of our clients receive the compensation that they deserve.