If you’ve been injured in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you are probably looking into hiring a personal injury lawyer.
But how do you choose a good personal injury attorney?
If you’ve never been involved in a lawsuit, the process of hiring a lawyer may seem overwhelming.
You may not know where to start or how to determine whether an attorney is right for your case.
You need a personal injury attorney who brings experience to the table but who will also listen to you and fight for what you need most.
To help you accomplish that, we’ve compiled our top tips for hiring a personal injury attorney.
How to Choose a Good Personal Injury Attorney
1. Get Referrals
A good place to start your research is to ask friends and family for referrals. If you know someone who settled or won a personal injury case, ask them who represented them.
2. Do Research
Check out reviews of local attorneys on avvo.com. Review the attorneys’ websites to see what areas of practice they focus on. Look for client testimonials to get an idea of an attorney’s reputation and capabilities.
3. Review the Attorney’s Previous Case Results
Look into the attorney’s results in previous cases. This information can often be found on the attorney’s website, but you could also ask them about it in an initial consultation.
An attorney’s good results in other cases doesn’t necessarily mean that the attorney will win your case. However, a record of success shows that the attorney knows what they are doing and fights to maximize compensation for their clients.
4. Find an Attorney Who Has Experience with Your Type of Accident
It may go without saying that the person who handled your divorce or drafted your will may not be the best person to handle your personal injury claim. But even among personal injury attorneys, it is important to find someone with experience with the type of accident or injury you suffered.
Accidents involving large trucks, for example, can involve different regulations, legal theories, and types of evidence than you see in the typical car accident case. An attorney whose practice focuses primarily on car accidents may not have sufficient experience to get you the best possible outcome in your truck accident case.
5. Set Up Free Consultations
Most personal injury attorneys offer free consultations. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, set up interviews with your short list of attorneys.
6. Ask Questions
Ask lots of questions in your initial consultation such as:
- What areas of practice do you focus on?
- Do you have experience with accidents like mine?
- Do you take cases on contingency? What is the contingency fee structure?
- Will you personally be handling my case?
- How do I get in touch with you, and how prompt are you about returning messages?
- What strategy do you expect to use in my case?
- How many cases have you taken to court?
- How much do you think I can recover in my case?
Look for an attorney who answers your questions straightforwardly and helps you understand what to expect.
7. Assess Whether the Attorney Is a Good Fit for You
You will be working with your attorney frequently as your case progresses. Be sure to choose someone you’re comfortable communicating with.
8. Examine the Attorney’s Professional Network
Research the attorney’s professional network. Do they have other attorneys in their firm that they can consult with? Do they have contacts with qualified experts that you may need for your case? An attorney who has a network of resources to rely on will be in a stronger position to help you with your case.
Contact Bensinger Legal Services for a Free Consultation
As you search for an attorney, consider a consultation with Bensinger Legal Services. Aaron Bensinger’s practice focuses on personal injury law. He has particular experience with:
Aaron is a partner within Balyeat, Leahy, Daley, Miller & Bensinger, LLC, and serves clients in the Northwest Ohio region. He has obtained favorable personal injury verdicts in both California and Ohio.
Aaron works hard to make each individual client a priority, and he will fight to get you every dollar you deserve. Call today or message us online to set up your free consultation and learn whether Aaron Bensinger is the right attorney for you.