5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer (Part 2)
January 20, 2014
Researching a lawyer’s reputation, his past verdicts and what former clients have to say about him are important steps to take when choosing a personal injury lawyer.
Picking up from 5 Things to Look for When Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer (Part 1), here are three additional factors that are essential to keep in mind when you are meeting with and screening possible attorneys to represent your personal injury claim. Keeping these considerations in mind can help you select an experienced legal professional who will be crucial to helping you secure the maximum possible award for your injuries and losses.
- The lawyer’s reputation – Once you have narrowed the pool of possible attorneys with whom you want to work, it’s a good idea to contact your state’s bar association to see if a specific lawyer is in good standing. The bar association keeps detailed records of any complaints that may have been filed against lawyers, and it can provide you with other helpful information about legal professionals (including how long they have been practicing and their areas of specialty; such information can be cross-checked with what a lawyer states on his website to ensure that you are getting the whole truth and that you can trust that legal professional).
- Past verdicts and case results – If the lawyer’s reputation checks out with the state bar association, then the next step to make in your research should be focused on looking into an attorney’s case history – specifically, the types of verdicts and settlements (s)he has obtained in prior cases like yours. If you cannot find such information online, consider contacting the firm directly to ask for this information.
- Client testimonials – Another important step in screening possible personal injury lawyers is to see what their past clients have to say about them. During this phase of your research, you should take some time to look at testimonials that have been published in places other than the lawyer’s website (as the testimonials on the lawyer’s website will likely only provide good, one-sided reviews; after all, a lawyer won’t publish negative reviews about himself on his own website).
Legal directories are generally good places to find more well-rounded client testimonials that may be particularly insightful about what you can expect when working with a certain attorney.
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If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a motor vehicle accident or has suffered from any type of personal injury, you will need a skilled attorney to fight for your rights.
For more than 30 years, the Denver personal injury lawyers at McDermott Law have been dedicated to helping accident victims build the strongest possible cases and obtain the compensation they need and deserve. In addition to standing up to insurance companies outside of court, our experienced lawyers are effective at confronting defense lawyers in the courtroom in order to help our clients secure the maximum possible settlements for their injuries and losses.
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