When you are facing financial losses after being injured in an accident, it is in your best interest to work with a personal injury attorney to pursue your claim for compensation, rather than attempting to handle the claim on your own. Before hiring an attorney, learn how to find the right personal injury attorney to handle your case.
There are three basic steps to finding the right lawyer. Each of the steps has a few sub-steps, so be sure to give yourself time to vet each personal injury lawyer you consider.
Does the Lawyer Have the Experience to Handle your Claim?
Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. During your initial meeting, ask the lawyer’s questions about his or her experience handling cases similar to yours:
- Has the lawyer handled cases similar to your case?
- How long has the lawyer practiced in this area of law?
- Does the attorney have any special certification in this practice area?
- What portion of the attorney’s caseload is related to cases in this practice area?
- Does the lawyer have a record of settlements and verdicts?
It is important that the lawyer has experience working with the type of case you are pursuing and understands the nuances of the law in that area. For example, if you have medical bills from a dog bite injury, you will want to work with a lawyer who has handled dog bite injury claims and secured settlements for dog bite victims. The best car accident lawyer might be great at his or her job, but not ideal for you because of the differences between car accident and dog bite cases.
Do You Feel Comfortable and Valued When Speaking with the Lawyer?
Does the lawyer listen to your questions and concerns and communicate well with you? You need to have a lawyer who you can work with comfortably. If you feel rushed through the initial conversation or that your needs are not a priority, choose a different lawyer. Lawyers are busy and you cannot expect to reach your attorney every time you call. But you have a right to expect your lawyer or his or her office to respond your calls and emails in a timely manner.
How Will You Pay the Lawyer?
Never sign a contract with a lawyer until you understand clearly how the lawyer will be paid for their legal representation. Your lawyer may bill by the hour for services or work on a contingency fee basis. In a contingency fee arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the settlement or court award as payment if you end up receiving compensation. The percentage that the lawyer will receive should be spelled out clearly in the retainer agreement.
Regardless of how and what your lawyer charges, have it in writing before you proceed to work together. If your lawyer seems to skirt the payment issue, walk away and find another lawyer.
Work with an Experienced Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer
To learn more about how our team of personal injury attorneys at Lindner Law LLC. can help, contact our firm to set up your free consultation with us. Our team works with clients in multiple states and has experience working with clients facing many types of claims, including car accidents, dog bites, and burn claims.