Do you think you may be in need of a personal injury lawyer? If you are in a difficult legal scenario, the right personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in getting the results you desire and deserve. This article will help you fully understand what a personal injury lawyer does, and how to find the right one for you.
What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do?
A personal injury lawyer is a hired professional who helps you protect and enforce your legal rights in the wake of an accident, such as a car accident, a workplace accident, or a serious fall. A personal injury lawyer will help you handle your claim, provide legal support, and get you compensation for your injuries.
There are a number of different things that a personal injury lawyer can support and help you with. Here are some of the common responsibilities of a personal injury lawyer:
- Advise you on your rights
- Intervene on your behalf in confusing and potentially overwhelming legal situations
- Act as your contact that all parties – including hospital administrators, police, insurance companies – must talk to
- Act as your trial attorney if you have to go to court
- Hire expert witnesses and gather other necessary court elements to help you succeed in your case
- Handle many other tasks with the goal of helping their clients
If you could use support with any of those above actions, then chances are that you could benefit from hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Questions To Ask A Personal Injury Lawyer
Once you’ve decided you want to hire a personal injury lawyer, the next step becomes finding one.
Unfortunately, not all personal injury lawyers are created equal. They may have unique specialities, they may not agree with your viewpoint on your situation, or they just may not be the right personality fit. This is why it’s so important to interview or question potential personal injury lawyers before you decide to hire them.
Here are suggested questions to ask an attorney or a personal injury lawyer before deciding to hire them.
- What do they think about your case? – Your personal injury lawyer doesn’t need to see 100% eye to eye with you on your case, but they should understand where you are coming from and have a positive outlook on what they think they can help you accomplish with your case.
- Where did they go to law school? – This isn’t necessarily a factor in how good or bad they’ll be as your personal injury lawyer, but knowing they attended an accredited school is good knowledge to have. At the end of the day, credentials matter.
- How long have they been in business? – Working with someone who has years of experience (and demonstrated successes) is usually a better choice than working with someone brand new to the industry.
- How many large cases have they handled and what were the outcomes? – Getting a sense of prior cases your prospective personal injury lawyer has handled can give you a sense of their area of expertise and how they may be able to help you in a similar way.
- Have they handled cases like yours? – It will behoove you to partner with a personal injury lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours. Relative experience is invaluable, and it will give you peace of mind to know you are working with a seasoned professional.
- How much is the first consultation? – Money is always a factor, and you don’t necessarily need to pay an arm and a leg to hire a good personal injury lawyer. Get a sense of fees right away. Some lawyers charge for the first consultation, and some lawyers offer a complimentary consultation. Be sure to ask this question prior to scheduling your initial consultation to avoid unwelcome surprises.
- How are fees assessed? – Every personal injury lawyer is entitled to their own methodology of charging and rates for service. But the way these lawyers charge can vary greatly, and in a way that works out in your favor. For example, Ruiz Law only collects if they win the client’s case.
What To Look For In A Personal Injury Attorney
In addition to getting the information above to help you make your decision for finding a personal injury lawyer, it is also important to note your thoughts and feelings around how they present themselves. “Going with your gut” absolutely applies when it comes to choosing a personal injury lawyer, and there are many things to observe that will help you get a better sense of “fit” with the attorney themselves as well as their company.
Here are some other helpful qualities to assess in deciding on your personal injury lawyer:
- Is the office orderly? – Having a fancy office doesn’t mean they are good or bad, but is it in order? Most likely, you’ll want to work with an attorney and a company that is organized, efficient, and gives you a sense of ease when you walk into their office.
- Is the attorney properly dressed and well groomed? – Ultimately, your attorney becomes a representative and a reflection of you in the courtroom. You should choose someone who you think can represent you well – intellectually as well as aesthetically.
- Is it difficult to get a meeting with the attorney? – You want your personal injury lawyer to be accessible and available to you. If it’s near impossible to get a meeting, or even get in touch with them, you may want to reevaluate.
- Is the staff nice or are they pushy? – You’re not hiring the office staff directly, but the mood and mentality of the employees can definitely say a lot about the company. Take note of this.
- Did the attorney provide you their full attention? – Most attorneys will have multiple clients at a time, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t give you their full attention while you are together. Take note of their focus and treatment of you when they are “on the clock.”
By now, you should have a strong sense of how to approach your search for a personal injury attorney- from questions to ask in the interview stage, to other things to take note of in order to make the best possible decision for you.
If you are ready to hire a personal injury lawyer, let Ruiz Law help you. Check out our practice areas here, to see what areas we specialize in, and if your particular need is in our wheelhouse. We’d love to chat with you – contact us here to get a free consultation today.