How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
Most of us have hurt ourselves at some point in our lives. Maybe you jumped the neighborhood bike ramp only to bust open a knee, or perhaps you tumbled off a friend’s trampoline only to end up with a broken bone. We’ve all had accidents that probably could have been avoided. Sometimes, however, injuries happen that aren’t our fault. So maybe you are reading this because you have been injured by someone or something, it’s not your fault, and you need help. Well, there are a few important things to think about when you speak with a lawyer.
What kind of lawyer do you need?
Lawyers often specialize or deal only with certain kinds of cases. Because of this, you want to choose a lawyer that has dealt with your type of case before. For example, if you were hurt in a car wreck or in a slip and fall accident, you would need a personal injury attorney.
Is there any way you could have avoided your injury?
If someone blazes through a red light and smashes into your car, there isn’t much you could’ve done, but you should always ask yourself if you were following all the rules and being responsible when someone else wasn’t.
Have you seen a doctor about your injury?
You may have to go to the doctor for your injury in order to get better, even if you don’t want to.
What’s the lawyer’s track record?
You want to choose a lawyer that has lots of experience in dealing with cases like yours. The best measure of success is someone else’s opinion of your work, so look for testimonials. Ask your friends and family about your potential lawyer and try and research him or her online.
Have you met your lawyer?
I call it trust or bust. One of the best ways to get to know someone or to get a sense of their intentions is to meet them face to face. The right lawyer for you is going to take the time to speak with you in person and listen to your story. They’re going to be someone that you know you can trust with your case from beginning to end.
What are your expectations for a personal injury attorney?
There’s a saying, “Expect less and be satisfied with more.” We all want what’s fair, and sometimes we’re lucky enough to get more than that. Lawyers aren’t goldmines, but they do want to get you the money that you deserve for your injury. Just keep in mind that it always takes a little to get a little in the end.
When you’ve been hurt, we know that all you want to do is get better as quickly as possible with as little stress as possible.
Often, a personal injury attorney can help you with processing your claim so you don’t have the hassle of dealing with the insurance company. If you or a loved one has been injured or needs legal advice, contact Charles G. Pitman Attorneys at Law, LLC at 256-533-5000 for more valuable legal information.