Were you recently injured in an accident? If you’re missing work, there’s a chance your medical bills are stacking up. How do you plan on covering your lost wages and bills?
By building a case for yourself, you can receive the compensation you deserve.
You don’t have to work through the process alone. Instead, consider hiring a qualified personal injury attorney.
The number of lawyers has grown by 15% in the past 10 years. Before you start your search, it helps to know what to look for. After all, not every lawyer has the expertise you need.
Here are six qualities to look for in a personal injury lawyer. With these tips, you can find a lawyer who will win your case. Receive the compensation you deserve with these tips today.
1. Specialized Experience
There are over 135,200 personal injury lawyers in the US. Not every lawyer takes the same cases, though. To start your search, make sure to develop a list of lawyers with the experience you need.
What type of accident were you in? There are different types of personal injury cases, including:
- Medical malpractice (misdiagnosis, medication errors, surgical mistakes, etc.)
- Auto accidents (car, truck, motorcycle, etc.)
- Animal bites
- Products liability
- Slip and falls
- Premise liability
- Assault and battery
Before you choose an attorney, ask how long they’ve worked as a licensed attorney. You can make sure they’re licensed to practice in your area by searching your local bar association’s website. Some laws differ based on the state you’re in.
It’s important to find an attorney who has experience with the laws and procedures in your area.
Then, ask about the type of personal injury cases they specialize in. How long have they specialized? Do they have the experience and expertise you need?
You can also ask how many cases they’ve tried that are similar to yours. Were those cases recent? You’ll want to find an attorney who is up-to-date with the most recent laws and procedures.
Otherwise, they could fail to build your case.
If they’re new to their specialty, continue your search. Choosing an experienced lawyer with the right expertise will help strengthen your case.
Not every case goes to trial before a judge and jury. Still, it helps to find a lawyer with courtroom experience. Otherwise, you could go to court with a personal injury lawyer who lacks the experience you need.
As you speak with different lawyers, ask how often they make it to trial and verdict. Are they comfortable in a courtroom?
If they’re apprehensive about going to court, they might accept a lower offer to settle your case instead.
2. A Strong Success Rate
Once you find someone with the right experience and expertise, you’ll want to make sure they’re a winner, too. A lawyer could have years of experience but still struggle to win your case.
When you ask how many cases they’ve tried that are similar to yours, ask how many of those cases were wins. How much did they win for their clients?
Many lawyers offer a free case consultation. During your meeting, review the details specific to your case. Ask the lawyer if they’re confident in winning your lawsuit.
You can also ask how they plan on building your case. Do they have a plan? Do they have a network they can rely on?
For example, they might call a medical professional who can speak about your injuries. The lawyer’s professional network could help build your case.
Some lawyers might not take a case if they’re not confident they can win. They won’t want to sully their track record. Make sure to choose an accident attorney who can build and win your case.
3. Satisfied Clients
You can learn more about a lawyer’s abilities by asking to speak with their previous clients. See if you can speak with someone who tried a case similar to yours.
As you speak with these clients, ask about their experience working with their attorney. Were they satisfied with the outcome of their case? Did they experience any communication issues when working with their lawyer?
Would they recommend the same attorney or do they think you should work with someone else?
If the lawyer doesn’t have satisfied clients they can refer you to, you might want to keep searching.
4. Organization Memberships
When you check your local bar association website, you can also see if the attorney is part of a national or state organization. A member of the American Association of Justice specializes in representing injured clients.
You can also make sure they’re a board-certified civil trial lawyer through the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Attorneys with this certification have extensive courtroom experience.
Looking into their memberships and certifications can give you peace of mind about the attorney’s abilities.
5. Communication Skills
During your consultation, pay attention to how the lawyer communicates.
Do they sound confident? Are they easy to understand?
Your lawyer will need to speak on your behalf in front of a jury and judge. If their communication skills are lacking, they might fail to provide strong injury representation. Instead, look for someone who is persuasive.
They should also have strong listening skills. Otherwise, they’ll fail to understand a complex statement or testimony.
6. Research and Analytical Skills
When building your case, a lawyer should also have strong research and analytical skills. They’ll need these skills to build your legal strategy.
Your lawyer should know how to use the facts to build a strong case on your behalf regarding your accidental injury. They should also have the skills to analyze the opposing side’s case. Otherwise, they’ll fail to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Are they committed to your case or only motivated by the paycheck? You might want to look for someone who works on a contingency fee basis. These lawyers will only receive a payment if they win your case.
If they’re not confident about your case, keep looking.
State Your Case: 6 Qualities to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney
You don’t have to build your case alone. Instead, keep these six qualities in mind as you search for a personal injury lawyer. A lawyer with these qualities will help build and win your case.
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