Hiring the right person to handle your case doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does require some due diligence. I recommend people start by researching different attorneys online. You’ll want to make sure your attorney is licensed and in good standing in the state where the accident occurred. Every state has its own bar association, and every attorney should be registered in their respective state’s database. You can check any lawyer’s bar status and whether or not he / she has been sanctioned, or if any disciplinary measures have been issued against them.
Do not take information on an attorney’s website at face value. Spend some time actually talking to the attorney personally before you hire him or her. Don’t be afraid to ask tough questions. A trustworthy lawyer will take the time to meet with you and will be forthcoming in their answers. Ask friends and family for their input. Old fashioned word of mouth recommendations are still valuable when they come from someone you trust.
Talk to a credible professional like an accountant or physician who’s had experience with a personal injury attorney. Did their lawyer communicate with them? Was the attorney accessible? Did he or she do a good job? These are all good questions to ask.
Make sure to discuss fees before signing a contract. Transparency is important in any professional relationship, and that includes the attorney-client relationship, so it’s essential that any fee agreement is put in writing. Personal injury attorneys normally work on a contingency basis, which means they only get paid if they win your case. In general, lawyers receive about a third of the eventual settlement or judgment, plus office expenses. But, that’s not always the case, so make sure you understand the attorney’s fees up front.
These are just a few tips to get you started on the search for the right attorney. For more information, I invite you to visit my website at: www.jgonzalezlawfirm.com. At J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys, we work hard to earn your trust and fight diligently to secure the compensation you need to get back on your feet.