For most of us, we never anticipate having to hire a lawyer. Legal issues are never fun and nobody wants to have them. But when the time comes, having the right team on your side through the process can make all the difference.
Unfortunately, you may have found yourself in need of legal assistance and you’re not sure how to go about finding the right personal injury attorney for you.
If you’ve recently been in a car accident and need to hire an attorney, read on for 5 Steps to Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney.
Step 1. Handle the Immediate Aftermath of the Accident.
After an accident, there are a lot of tasks that need to be done. Receiving immediate medical care, filing a police report and contacting your insurance company are all at the top of the list. Be sure to gather as much information as possible to give your attorney the details they will need for your case.
Step 2. Ask for Recommendations from Trusted Friends and Family
When you’ve never had the need to work with a personal injury attorney, you may find it overwhelming and difficult to know who to trust. Being injured after an accident is difficult enough aside from being skeptical of working with an attorney. Reach out to trusted individuals in your life for recommendations and referrals.
Step 3. Conduct Some of Research on Your Own
Take your list of recommendations and do some research online. Maybe you might find additional options that weren’t recommended but they have great reviews!
Look through Google, Facebook, and other online reviews. You can get a good sense of what people are like to work with based on the experiences of others. Be sure your list of potential attorneys all have active personal injury or car accident practices. It’s crucial to use an attorney with the correct industry experience, you are hiring them for their knowledge and expertise after all.
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Step 4. Interview Your Top Candidates
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of possible candidates, set up a phone call or meeting with them to discuss your case and whether or not they might be a good fit. During the interview, be sure to ask them questions about their experience and track record. Ask what it’s like to work with them and let them know your questions or concerns about the next steps in your case.
Step 5. Gather Your Documentation and Make Your Decision
Once you take all of the information into consideration and determine who would be the best fit to work with, be sure to take your next steps in a timely manner. Time is of the essence when it comes to personal injury cases.
You’ll need to take all of your evidence and accident related documentation to your new attorney and get the ball rolling. Once you hire your attorney, hopefully you feel like your case is in the right hands, although your job isn’t done.
As a victim, even with an attorney, you will still be needed throughout the case but you will have an expert on your team to help you get fair compensation.
If you need legal assistance for your personal injury case, we encourage you to reach out to one of our attorneys at Pipas Law.