When you are involved in a personal injury law case, it means that you got injured or incurred damages that were caused by someone else or you are being sued for causing injury and damages. No matter on which side of the equation you are, you will need a personal injury lawyer. Choosing the lawyer that will be best for you is very important. You need to put a lot of time and research into your decision. Your lawyer should be someone you feel comfortable with and trust to do what is best for you.
Before I get into the steps, I want to mention how I came up with the list. I was at the ABA Techshow when I got to talking to a lawyer by the name of Chris Stoy. He is a personal injury lawyer in Fort Worth and from what I could tell was one if the best in Texas. We started discussing this topic on how people around the Dallas – Fort Worth area find personal injury attorneys and most of what is covered below was discussed.
To choose the best personal injury lawyer for your case, follow these steps:
Step 1: Do your research
You should find out what exactly the personal injury lawyer does and should be able to do. Make sure you understand what type of skills and qualities you need in your lawyer. Once you know this, you can go online and research lawyer firms and private practices to gather names of potential lawyers. Use online sites that review firms and lawyers to see who is the best. Ask friends, family, colleagues, and even social media connections who they would suggest.
Step 2: Make contact
Start calling people to narrow down your list. Phone the firms for which your potentials work and ask the questions you want answers to. Also, call your state’s bar association and ask for referrals. They usually have specific numbers for referral requests.
Step 3: Create a shortlist
Once you have contacted everyone, asked questions, got referrals, and did your research, you should be able to create a shortlist of about three lawyers. The choices should be the people who made an impression, who answered your questions, who has a good reputation in the community, and who you think you will feel comfortable with.
Step 4: Make a list of questions
Draw up a list of questions that you want to ask your shortlisted candidates. You should ask about their area of specialization, about your case’s statute of limitations, experience, and more information about the potential outcomes of your case. It doesn’t matter how long the list is. This is your chance to ask thorough questions to get clear answers.
Step 5: Get all your paperwork ready
Before you go to meet your candidates, you should make sure that you know the details of your case. You should make sure to have any and all documentation that may be relevant ready and with you when you meet with the lawyer. The better prepared you are, the easier it will be for the lawyer to help you.
Step 6: Meet with your top candidates
Before you meet with a lawyer find out of their first consultation is free of if you will have to pay a fee. You don’t want to walk in unprepared for such a situation. A meeting with the lawyer does not mean that you have to hire him or her. You can meet with as many as you need to to find the one that is right for you.
After the meetings, you should be able to make your final decision. Once you have decided, you will have to sit down with the lawyer again and discuss fees, payments, and other relevant topics and procedures. If you are happy with everything, hire the lawyer of your choice and get ready to defend your case.