According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the most common personal injury cases include: motor vehicle accidents (52%), medical malpractice (15%), and product liability (5%). But regardless of your reason for hiring a personal injury attorney, taking the right steps to ensure you find a lawyer with your best interests in mind is absolutely essential to getting what you deserve from your case. Here are just a few tips for helping you find the right personal injury lawyer for your needs.
PRIORITIZE TRIAL HISTORY
First, you should be aware that only 4% to 5% of personal injury cases in the U.S. go to trial, and the rest are settled out of court. Still, this equates to about one in every 20 to 25 cases going to trial, which means it’s always better to be as prepared as possible. This means that in the event your case actually goes to trial, it’s essential to choose a lawyer who has a history of taking cases to trial, if necessary.
EXAMINE AVAILABLE RESOURCES
Another part of determining how well a lawyer will do when navigating your case is to check for the resources they have available to them. If it seems like the lawyer is juggling multiple cases at once and simply doesn’t have sufficient time to spend on each of them, it’s probably best to walk away. But if they seem like they have control of all the cases they’re handling, or if they have a designated staff to assist with the overflow, it could actually be a sign of more experience and general competency.
REQUEST CLIENT REFERENCES
Finally, you should look at finding a lawyer as a business would when hiring new employees. It shouldn’t be seen as an interrogation, but rather, a discussion. However, you should know that most if not all reputable lawyers will have no problem providing you with past client references so you can contact them yourself and hear firsthand what the client has to say about working with the lawyer. Would they make the same decision again? How did their case turn out? Don’t be shy when asking for references.
Ultimately, understanding these tips can help you choose a competent lawyer who has your best interests in mind. Your personal injury case matters; you just need to find a lawyer who can help you get what you deserve.