How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer
How to Find a Personal Injury Lawyer
When you hire someone, you expect them to finish the job. You wouldn’t want a roofer who only patches half of your roof, or a surgeon who gives up partway through a procedure! It’s the same thing with personal injury attorneys—you want someone who is going to be there through every step and challenge of your case, and who will see you through to the very end.
To find an experienced personal injury attorney in your area, there are many places you can look. The best place to start is by asking friends, family, and acquaintances for recommendations. Ask around to see if anyone has used an attorney in the past, or if they have heard good things about one. Your friends care about your well-being, and will be happy to give you honest advice.
You can also ask your doctor or other specialists for ideas. They will likely have connections to local attorneys, and can point you in the right direction. Similarly, if you are working with another lawyer in a different practice area, like divorce law, ask them for ideas. They will also know local attorneys, and can refer you to someone they trust. When seeking referrals for a personal injury attorney, remember that no two accidents are the same. If your neighbor won a substantial settlement with an attorney, your case will not necessarily have the exact same result.
Researching for the Right Personal Injury Attorney
While searching, you can also call your local Bar Association or consult an online legal dictionary. You can also try out a service like 411 Pain, but be aware that such services sometimes require attorneys to pay to participate in their referral services. This means that the attorneys listed might not be the best, just the ones who were willing to pay.
Schedule a Personal Injury Lawyer Consultation
After you have the name of a recommended attorney, the next step is to schedule a consultation. Most attorneys offer a free consultation for potential clients, so there is no harm in going to talk to an attorney, even if you are not sure that they’re the perfect fit for your case. A consultation gives you the chance to learn more about the attorney. At the same time, the attorney has the opportunity to get more details on your case. You can ask questions such as:
- How long have you been practicing?
- What are your practice areas?
- Have you ever taken on a case that is similar to mine? What was the outcome?
- Will an attorney be handling my case, or will it mostly be handled by a paralegal or legal assistant? Will they pass the case on to a different attorney in the firm?
- How will you keep me updated on my case?
- What is the likely outcome of my case?
- What are your attorney’s fees and cost?
The consultation is simply a chance to see if you like the attorney. Are they helpful and friendly, or do they come across as rude or disinterested? If something about an attorney feels “off” to you, keep looking for someone who feels more trustworthy. You don’t have to be best friends with your attorney—in fact, you probably shouldn’t be. But you do want someone who is honest, professional, trustworthy, and who sees your case as a top priority.
The period after an accident can be stressful and complex, and you might feel rushed to find an attorney to take on your case. In many cases, time is of the essence, but you should still look for a personal injury attorney who is right for you. By asking for referrals and meeting with potential attorneys, you are giving yourself valuable piece-of-mind by knowing you will have a personal injury attorney who will finish the job.
The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.