How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
Across the country, all kinds of accidents happen every single day. Whether it’s a car accident, a slip and fall or a wrongful death, unfortunate incidents happen all too often that require the help of a personal injury lawyer. When you have been the victim of an accident, there are many factors to consider when choosing the lawyer that you want to have by your side through it all. You’ll first need to know when to hire an attorney, and then you’ll want to consider where to find one, experience, cost, what questions to ask, etc. Keep reading to learn the basics about how to choose the best personal injury attorney for your needs.
When to Hire a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been involved in an accident or sustained injuries, minor or major, due to someone else’s negligence, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney. A good attorney should be able to help you get maximum compensation for your pain and suffering while taking a lot of stress off your shoulders. It’s always best to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. In Illinois, you only have two years to file a personal injury claim due to the statute of limitations. In addition, it’s best to contact a lawyer immediately so that the evidence is still readily available, memories are fresh, witnesses are easier to contact, etc. Not to mention, the sooner you file your claim, the sooner you can receive compensation.
Where to Find a Qualified Lawyer
The most popular way to find a qualified lawyer is through friend and family recommendations. Chances are your friends and family will be able to connect you to an attorney that they have used in the past. However, this doesn’t always mean the attorney will be the best fit for you and your case. Keep reading to learn the questions that you can ask to help make a final decision.
Another common way that people find lawyers is through the Internet. Simply search for the type of lawyer, case, and location to narrow down the search results. Nowadays, majority of law firms have an internet presence that can make it easy for potential clients to scan practice areas, attorney profiles, results, blog posts, etc. Firstly, it’s important to make sure that any firms you are looking at specialize in the necessary practice of law. For example, if you were involved in a car accident, make sure that the law firm’s website mentions car accident cases. Further, find some reviews, testimonials, or results to validate any claims.
Does Experience Matter?
In short, yes experience does matter. There are so many ways that accidents can happen, and each situation is unique. Therefore, it’s not safe to assume that anyone with the title “personal injury lawyer” will best represent you. You have to dig deeper and find out how much experience they have working with cases like yours. You want to be sure that the attorney you choose will be able to understand your case and injuries and dedicate the necessary resources. Here are some questions that you can ask to determine experience level:
- How many years have you been practicing personal injury law?
- Can you tell me what results you have obtained for cases like mine?
- How many cases like mine have you seen/represented?
- Do you try lawsuits in court or do you settle out of court and/or refer to other lawyers?
Questions to Ask Your Potential Lawyer
In addition to the experience related questions above, there are many other questions that you should consider asking. Usually, the best time to ask these questions is during your initial consultation. Most law firms offer free consultations during which they meet with you to decide if they will take your case. However, it’s more than just their decision to take your case. It’s also your time to decide if the lawyer in question will be the best fit for your needs. Feel free to ask as many questions as you need, but we recommend writing down the most important questions ahead of time. Here is a list of questions to consider asking a potential personal injury lawyer:
- What is the best way to stay in communication?
- How often can I expect updates on my case?
- Who will I be primarily working with? Who else will be involved in my case?
- What outside resources/experts do you have available to help?
- Is there anything I can do to help?
- What is the potential value of my case?
- How will the costs incurred be handled?
There are endless questions that could be asked during the initial consultation. Take the time to think about what matters to you most and make sure you address those items before making a decision.
Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd.
At Whiteside & Goldberg we understand it can be difficult to choose a lawyer and we respect that you have options. We offer a broad range of law services with experience and results to back our claims. With over $60,000,000 recovered for our clients, we work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve. We always offer a free initial consultation so that we can take the time to fully understand your case, and you can ask us any questions. Additionally, we do not charge you anything until you win a settlement. The experienced attorneys at Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd. fight to secure your financial future. For more information on product liability lawsuits, call 312-334-6875 for the Whiteside & Goldberg Michigan Avenue location and 815-730-7535 for their Shorewood office. You should never battle a product liability case without a dedicated attorney by your side.
The content of this blog is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute or establish an attorney-client relationship, nor constitute legal advice. If you wish to discuss any further aspect of the material contained herein, please contact an attorney at Whiteside & Goldberg, Ltd.