Personal injury law is a great umbrella. It involves claims where the negligence of another person causes someone to be harmed. This can involve many types of situations, including slips and falls, dangerous consumer products, motor vehicle accidents, and workplace hazards.
It is essential to find a good match for the type of accident you have had and with you personally. You will communicate with this person more often and trust them with your claim. Here’s how to make a good choice.
Referrals are an excellent way to find a great attorney. If you know anyone who has recently hired a personal attorney, ask them about it. You may receive a great referral or know who to avoid.
If no one in your immediate circle has recently hired an attorney, please contact the Cook County Circuit Court Lists resources for attorney referrals. You can call any of these phone numbers to receive a referral and guidance on the type of attorney you need.
Look for specific expertise
When searching for attorneys and browsing their websites, look for specific expertise. You want to appoint someone who applies personal injury law to the plaintiff. If the attorney represents large corporations or insurance companies, it is likely that they will be representing defendants in these lawsuits and will not be a good fit for your case.
You want lawyers who handle cases like yours. For example, medical malpractice is difficult and often technical. An attorney who focuses primarily on auto accidents and workers’ compensation will likely not have the experience or knowledge to handle a medical claim. So, you want an attorney with a medical malpractice background and proven results in the field.
Personal injury attorneys must also be litigants. Although many claims are settled and never appear in a courtroom, there is always the possibility that the defendant or their insurance company may contest your claim. Attorneys who are reluctant to take matters to trial are often not suited to personal injury law.
Ask about fees
Lawyers can charge up to $100 to $500 an hour, which gets expensive quickly. But personal injury matters are handled on a contingency basis, which means that attorney fees come from the amount of the settlement or judgment.
When you contact attorneys, ask about their fee structure. You want a lawyer to handle your case in an emergency because that protects you from large down payments and monthly bills.
The usual contingency fee is 33 percent of the settlement. This percentage may increase if your case reaches arbitration or trial. You will see these terms in the Contingency Fee Agreement. Beware of attorneys who are not transparent about their fees. If you have a question, ask.
Follow your gut
When you meet with a lawyer, you should feel hopeful. Many people leave the attorney’s office feeling less of a burden. If you are feeling indecisive or anxious, there is a good chance that the attorney is not right for you.
After all, you will share many details with your personal injury attorney. Some of these may be embarrassing or embarrassing. However, if you do not share all the details about your injuries and their impact on your life, you may not get the compensation you deserve. So, choose someone you can talk to honestly and trust.
You want a professional office with attentive staff. When you visit, rate their office. Listen to the way the receptionist talks to and about clients. If you feel like an invader, leave and meet another lawyer.