When you’ve undergone a personal injury, it can be hard to know what to do next. If you’re looking to make a claim against a person or an organization for your injury, you might not know where to start. One of the first steps you should take it to find proper representation for your claim. But how you do you find the personal injury law firm that will serve you best?
1. Shop Around
You should ask for quotes from at least three different personal injury law firms to be able to evaluate your options. You should never go with the first person to respond to your inquiry, or the one with the lowest price (as we’ll talk about later). Each law firm will offer a different value proposition, or a unique selling proposition to stand out from their competitors. A law firm might use responsiveness, special competencies, or an excellent track record as its value proposition. It’s up to you to determine which of these is most important to you.
2. Make Sure They’re Available
That amazing lawyer you found isn’t going to be much use to you if they can’t take on your case. So, one of your first questions to a potential law firm is whether they have the capacity to work on your claim. Even if the firm has bandwidth for you, make sure you know their policy on communication outside of business hours if you have questions, concerns or updates. Who can you contact in case of emergency? Make sure your chosen law firm has communication arrangements that suit your needs.
3. Evaluate Costs vs. Experience
Low cost is not always the best option. In fact, sometimes the low-cost option is the least desirable. Hey, you get what you pay for! When looking at fees, always balance the potential benefits against the potential fees. Lawyers with more experience and a stronger record will charge more. However, they are better versed in personal injury law, so they may able to get you a higher settlement. An experienced personal injury lawyer will be well-equipped to answer your questions and guide you through the process.
4. Get it in Writing!
When hiring people offering professional services like lawyers or accountants, make sure you have everything you have agreed to in writing. Most personal injury law firms work on a ‘contingency fee’, which means they don’t get paid unless you get paid. Check that this clause is included in you contract, or else you could be on the hook for a large bill, even if you’re not successful in your claim.
Above all, it can be helpful to remember that there are no guarantees in personal injury law, with regards to potential results and potential time frames. Your chosen lawyer should make an effort to get to know you and the facts of your case. With these steps in mind, you’ll be better equipped to find the best lawyer to tackle your personal injury case.