A personal injury attorney is a lawyer who provides legal representation to those who claim to have been injured, physically or psychologically, as a result of the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, company, government agency, or other entity. When you have been personally injured, you want to find the most competent and professional attorney to represent you in your case. Here are a few ways to research and find a personal injury attorney, such as one from Powers Law, to represent you:
Get Attorney Personal Referrals: Ask friends and relatives for a referral to a personal injury attorney. If your friends and relatives have not personally used an attorney, they may know someone who has used one. In this way, you can get a first-hand referral from someone who knows how an attorney performs on the job.
Contact the State Bar Association: Contact the Attorney Bar Association in your state to find attorneys in good standing that specialize in personal injury law. Make a list of possible attorneys to research. Check to see if any public comments have been written about any of the attorneys on your list. Check to see if any complaints have been filed against any of the attorneys on your list.
Check Attorney Review Sites Online: Research online attorney review websites to find an attorney who has experience in personal injury law and has high review ratings from other attorneys and past clients.
Interview Potential Attorneys: Once you have narrowed down your list of possible attorneys, call for an appointment with each attorney at their office. Keep notes of all pertinent information discussed at these attorney interviews. Here are some questions to ask a potential attorney that you may wish to hire:
- Attorney Experience - Ask a potential attorney to tell you of their past personal injury case experience and their success rate for their clients.
- Attorney Opinion of Your Case - Give a potential attorney a very brief overview of the details of your case. Ask them for their legal opinion on the merits of your case and your chances of being successful in court.
- Attorney Fees and Expenses - Ask a potential attorney to explain their fee schedule. Ask if that fee is a flat fee, a contingency fee, or an hourly billable fee. Ask a potential attorney if he or she anticipates any additional fees or charges that you must pay while your case is active.
Chose An Attorney: Once you have done all of your preliminary research, select an attorney that is easy to talk to, one you feel understands your case, and one you feel that you can trust. Negotiate with your potential attorney to find a fee schedule and amount that is most appropriate for your case. Sign an engagement letter with your selected attorney that defines a legal arrangement that you have agreed to, and specifies a particular fee arrangement.
Work With Your Attorney: Be honest and open when explaining the details of your personal injury accident. Your attorney must have as much information as possible to research the applicable law in your case and represent you in court. Trust your attorney to know what to emphasize and what to de-emphasize in your case. Give him or her all the tools they need to win your case.