If you have been seriously injured in an accident, the experience can be emotionally draining and confusing. Insurance adjusters will discount your claim, bully you, and scare you into an unreasonable settlement or no settlement at all.
Discovering how to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer can help you handle the insurance adjuster and negotiate a reasonable settlement while helping you through the emotional process. You want to hire an experience personal injury lawyer that you can trust. Here are several tips on how to look for and choose the right lawyer for you:
1. There are a lot of lawyers out there with fancy TV commercials and radio ads. Do not base your decision on their short commercial or ad. Their commercial or ad may make a lot of promises and claims that will appeal to your interest, but it does not mean that he or she would be the right fit for your case or deliver their promises.
2. Speaking with your friends and family for referrals is a good source to gather a list of attorneys that they have used and trusted in the past. Ask your friends and family why they like the attorney and get an idea of how the attorney handled their case.
3. When you have narrowed your list down to a few names, make sure you do a background check. California State Bar’s website has a directory of every single attorney who practices or used to practice in California. The directory provides the individual’s status as an attorney and whether they have had any disciplinary issues with the State Bar. This will help guide you in selecting an attorney you can trust.
4. Make sure to interview a few attorneys before making your decision. That will give you a more in depth idea of whether the attorney you are selecting will be a good fit for you and whether you will be able to rely the information this attorney provide to you. Furthermore, during the interview with the attorney, you can ask him or her to give you some insight as to his or her track record with other cases that he or she has handled.
Sample questions to ask the attorney during your interview would be: does the firm practice a variety of law or does the firm specialize in personal injury? how long has the attorney been practicing in the personal injury field? has the attorney handled any cases similar to yours? Finding an experience attorney you can trust will make the world of difference in trying to resolve your claim. When you finally do settle your claim, you will be happy and confident with the results because you took the time and effort to find the best lawyer for you.