Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer – 3 Things to Consider
In today’s busy marketplace, personal injury lawyer marketing is everywhere: roadside billboards, print advertisements, digital ads etc. It’s easy to be inundated with the marketing noise. With so much, how do you know what and who to listen to? How do you know who to hire?
Generally, billboard-style ads are very effective, but they don’t always tell you that much about the lawyer’s reputation, experience and success rate. Outdoor marketing is designed to help build brand awareness and catch your attention in the moment.
If you’ve never been injured in an car accident, or on someone’s property, you likely have no experience with personal injury lawyers. You might not even know one. So general billboard style advertising is actually an effective way to make an introduction so you have an idea who to call when the unfortunate does happen. In other words, outdoor marketing introduces you to a brand before you need it.
If you are reading this, you or your family member might have suffered a serious injury and you’re trying to figure out who to call. Here are a few tips to get you started:
1) How Do You Find A Personal Injury Lawyer in Sea of Ads?
As with choosing any professional, it’s wise to interview more than one professional, unless of course you have a strong positive connection with the first person right from the get go.
- Referrals are better. Ask your friends, family and associates for recommendations and reviews. Do you know someone who had to use the services of a personal injury lawyer? Ask them about their experience and if they would not only recommend their lawyer, but would use them again if needed.
- Head online. Online reviews, websites and search engines can provide invaluable resources to help you find a personal injury lawyer. As you wade through the noise of the digital landscape, look for a personal injury lawyer near you who has experience, positive reviews and shares tips and information online. Read the reviews!
- Ask a discharge planner at the hospital about a lawyer’s reputation. If you’re in the hospital, a discharge planner may be able to provide you with names, pamphlets and recommendations. Many discharge planners are very familiar with who’s who, and may provide you with the names of several Hamilton personal injury lawyers that you can count on.
2) The Right Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer that you Interview.
The very first thing you want to keep in mind is how long it takes for a lawyer to get back to you. Whether you call, email or live chat, do they get in touch with you right away? We would say that someone should get back to you within 12-24 hours. If the injury is very serious, then a lawyer should get back to you within 1 hour. This would be the first indication that you will be a priority.
If you call or schedule consultations with a few personal injury lawyers, it is important you ask the right questions.
The answers to the following questions will help make it clear which lawyer is right for your case.
- Is this consultation free? Never pay for a consultation.
- Where can we meet? If you’ve recently sustained a serious injury, you want to hire a lawyer that will make it easy for you. Make sure the lawyer offers to come and visit you for the complimentary consultation. We often visit people in the hospital or in rehabilitation centers.
- What are your fees like? Are they negotiable? Is there a retainer, when do I pay and how am I billed? You need a clear and transparent understanding from the beginning as to what fees might be. Some lawyers will take personal injury cases on a contingency basis which means no money exchanges hands until you settle or win. It is important to ask if any fees will be charged if the case is unsuccessful.
- Why do some lawyers tell me that their fees are 20% and some 33.3%? Most lawyer will always charge in the upper 1/3 range. They might rightly tell you their fees are 20%, but when they settle the case, insurance companies will contribute to their legal bill.
- Do you have trial experience? Not all personal injury cases settle, so you need a lawyer that has trial experience and can fight for you.
- How many years of experience do you have? How much of your experience and practice is devoted to personal injury?
- How familiar are you with my type of claim, accident and injury?
- Is this case worth pursuing and what is your view of the potential success of the case? Asking this question will give you an idea as to the likelihood of the success of your case, and more importantly, why.
3) Experience & Reputation Matters in Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury claims are usually divided into the following types:
- Motor vehicle accidents (serious car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents)
- Premises liability cases (slip and falls, trip and falls ect.)
- Wrongful Death cases
- General Negligence (assault, dog bites, animal attacks, birth injuries, medical malpractice)
Each type is unique and may require different procedures, steps and strategy to get you the justice you deserve. A lawyer with experience handling cases similar to yours will have the experience and insight to properly fight for you which will work to your benefit. However, there should be a good connection between you and your lawyer. It’s not only very important that you hire a personal lawyer with experience, but also a personal injury lawyer that you can sit and have a conversation with. In other words, if you were suffered a spinal cord injury – what happens if your lawyer is highly specialized and experienced the area, but comes off as dismissive or he does not call you back? He might not be the right lawyer for you.
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Michelle Collie | Lalande & Company Lawyers