How the Right Personal Injury Lawyer Matters
“I’ll fight to get the settlement you deserve.” “We won’t see a dime unless we win.” “Insurance companies are afraid of me!” Living in Las Vegas, it is nearly impossible to drive down the street without seeing endless billboards with one of these slogans on them and the name of a Personal injury lawyer. Most people laugh at the catchphrases and continue with their day. However, when the unexpected arises, you might just find yourself requiring the services of one of these lawyers. But which one do you choose?
Finding a personal injury lawyer is the easy part but finding the right Personal injury lawyer can be quite challenging. They all went to law school, passed the bar exam, have probably worked on hundreds of cases like yours; what could be so different about them? The answer is just as no two cases are ever the same, neither are any two personal injury lawyers. Sure, they may both practice the same type of law, but that by no means makes them the same. Every lawyer will approach a case differently, and it is important to find a lawyer that will not only represent your interests but also a lawyer that you get along with. A high win count is a good thing, but that will not guarantee you will work well together. Although needing a personal injury lawyer may not be the best feeling, it is important to find one that works well with your personality to make the process go smoother.
Finding the Right Lawyer
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There are certain key factors to evaluate when deciding on an attorney. The first factor is to find a lawyer that has experience working in personal injury law. This may seem obvious, but many make that first time mistake of simply typing “lawyer” into Google and picking the first name that comes up. Law is not simple, and it can be highly specialized. Many lawyers practice in select areas of law. If you choose a lawyer that does not normally practice in personal injury law, they may lack the knowledge to handle your case. In addition, that lawyer may have not the connections and resources to effectively handle your case. Simply put, if a lawyer does not specifically list personal injury as an area of law they practice in, it is best to keep looking. Even when picking from personal injury lawyers, it is no guarantee that any personal injury lawyer will be the best for your specific case.
Where to Start?
The best way to figure out who is the best personal injury lawyer for you is to start with experience. When looking for a personal injury lawyer, here are a couple of questions to keep in mind:
- How long has this lawyer been practicing law?
- Does this lawyer practice regularly in personal injury law?
- Does this lawyer usually represent the injured party or the company/entity that caused the injury?
Another good way to start is to simply ask around. Even if you have never needed a personal injury lawyer, someone around may have or may know someone who has. If you have used a lawyer in the past, it helps to ask them even if they do not practice personal injury. Despite how vast the legal community can be, lawyers know other lawyers and could probably give you a referral to someone they know is qualified.
Finding a Lawyer Online
Most people will probably turn to the internet in their search for an attorney, which is perfectly acceptable. However, it is important to research the names that pop up after typing “personal injury lawyer” into Google. Like most pizza restaurants, most lawyer websites are followed by “best in town.” Just because they say it, it does not make it true.
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As such, after finding some personal injury firms online, look each up specifically and see what other people have to say. You can find online ratings of lawyers on many sites such a Google review and Yelp. Reading reviews of former clients can give you an idea of who that lawyer is and whether you think you would work well together.
The First Meeting
The best way to determine whether a lawyer is right for you is to meet them in person. Fortunately, most lawyers offer free consultations. That way you have nothing to lose if you meet them but do not feel like they are the right fit. Having a good relationship with your attorney is essential. You must feel comfortable being completely honest with your attorney and sharing private information. In turn, you want to feel like that are diligent and zealous while representing you.
While it is easy to think, “a lawyer is a lawyer,” nothing could be further from the truth. The right personal injury lawyer will be someone that is experienced and knowledgeable of personal injury law, someone who keeps you regularly informed, and who will advocate for you. Van Law Firm is known for having knowledgeable attorneys, so give us a call today at (725) 900-9000 for your free consultation!
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