Finding the Right Lawyer for You and Your Case
There are many types of attorneys, but only a few will be able to handle your specific legal claim. You should find an attorney that not only focuses his or her practice on the type of case that you want to assert, but you should also find a lawyer that fits with your personality and has experience in the area of the law that affects you.
Finding an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Lawyers often focus their practice on just a couple areas of the law, and many personal injury attorneys handle only specific personal injury work. The same can be said about lawyers that draft wills or deal with family law issues. A lawyer is often very good in one or two practice areas. The law is so complicated that having a “jack of all trades” attorney can be detrimental to your claim because the lawyer may not know the best tactics for your particular type of case.
If you have suffered an injury, you need to find an attorney that has experience in personal injury cases. You should use a lawyer that has had success in cases very similar to yours. If you were in a car accident, find an auto accident attorney. If you were involved in a medical injury, a medical malpractice attorney should be whom you hire. Take advantage of your lawyer’s knowledge and experience by using someone who has handled cases like yours before—and won.
Finding the Right Personal Fit
Some lawyers simply mesh well with certain people over others. You want an attorney who makes you comfortable. Finding someone you can trust is very important in personal injury cases because you must often share intimate details of your life and health conditions. If you are uncomfortable with your attorney, that can undermine your case.
Take some time to meet with your potential lawyer before you make any decisions about whom you should hire. A simple face-to-face meeting can tell you a lot about the person and how you interact with him or her. Does he or she answer your questions directly? Does he or she give “lawyer-like” answers instead of providing you with a realistic outlook of your case? Does the attorney seem too aggressive for what you had in mind?
Finding the Right Level of Input
Some clients want a lawyer who will notify them of the progress of the case every step of the way. Other clients prefer to only hear about the case when the lawyer needs something or if something major has happened. Ask the attorney what type of relationship he or she normally has with their clients. Some lawyers are not very good at client communication, and asking how often clients are updated can go a long way to letting you know how involved you may be in the case.
At Williams Elleby, we understand that your case is important to you, and we can keep you as involved as you would like to be. Call 833 – LEGALGA today to set up a consultation to learn about your potential legal options for your personal injury case.