Finding the right type of personal injury lawyer to represent your claim means you have to consider a number of factors. Personal injury claims differ case to case; it is important that you have to get someone who fully understands how your case works and knows the state laws that could affect your claim. Before hiring a lawyer as your legal counsel, there are some things that you have make sure of. First, you have to have an initial interview to determine whether they are willing and available to represent you in court. Make sure to bring all the necessary documents relevant to your personal injury claim: medical bills and reports, information on your income loss, police reports, and all the written exchanges between you and the insurance company. You should also bring the demand letter if you have already reached that stage of the claim process.
You should be aware that most personal injury lawyers do not charge the initial interview, but before actually going for one make sure to contact the lawyer first and ask if they will charge you for the initial interview. If you are asked to pay for the interview, you are better of finding another one. Aside from discussing the lawyer’s fee during the initial interview, there are other things that you should also inquire.
First, make sure to ask about the lawyers’ general experience. Check about their practice history, which can usually be found on their website, and whether they specialize in personal injury claims that represent the claimants (or plaintiffs) or the insurance company. Inquire about the rough percentage of personal injury claims they have represented and won, and whether they already have past experience with the insurance company involved in your case, or the insurance adjuster in question.
Ask the lawyer on who would work on your case: although it may benefit you to have more people working on your claim and get it done faster, but you also have to make sure that the important aspects of your case are not given to someone who are less experienced. If they are going to work as a team, make sure to meet with the other lawyers or staff as well to get to know them. Check how well the lawyer responds to you: whether they are listening and understand what you are telling them, and how well they try to work with how you want the claim process to go. Likewise, your lawyers’ ability and willingness to clarify the ongoing process will help you make better decisions regarding the case.