Thoughts on Hiring a Lawyer
How should an injured victim find the right lawyer for his or her case? Heaven knows there are plenty of billboards, TV and newspaper ads to give one an idea of just how many personal injury lawyers are out there trying to get your case. How does a potential client cut through all the hype and pick the best lawyer for their case?
The best way is to ask a lawyer, if you know one, or know someone who works at a law office. The great majority of lawyers never handle injury cases. Real estate, probate, criminal, immigration, patent, bankruptcy . . . the list goes on and on for competent lawyers that just don’t represent injured people in lawsuits. However, most lawyers, whatever their practices, know who to refer cases to and they are happy to take the time to make these referrals.
Another excellent source is judges. They see lawyers in action every day and know which ones are the most effective. Also, people who work in the courthouse or in jobs that are law-related are usually knowledgeable about which lawyers enjoy the best reputation for ethics and effectiveness.
People who have been injured in accidents and hired lawyers will have strong opinions about their lawyers, both good and bad. Most of those opinions will be positive, since going through a lawsuit with a lawyer as a guide and advisor usually leads to a strong bond.
Most important, however, in choosing a lawyer is that a personal meeting with that lawyer take place. A lawsuit is often a long and arduous undertaking and it has to begin with a face to face meeting, either at your home, the lawyer’s office, or unfortunately, sometimes, the hospital. The initial meeting forms the foundation for the tough road ahead.
Lawyers who handle injury cases will be pleased to meet with you with no fee or obligation on your part.
Good luck with your case!