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Looking for the Right Personal Injury Lawyer Choosing the right lawyer can make an immense difference in the result of your personal injury claim, which makes picking out the right lawyer a vital decision. Most attorneys specializing in personal injury law are inclined to represent but one side of these types of cases – the plaintiff (the person who has been injured) or the defendant (the person or entity who allegedly has caused the injury). Generally, personal recommendations and word of mouth are the best place to begin a search for a lawyer. Online is also a great place for putting together your initial list of prospects. Whittling It Down Regardless of your source, you need to trim down that list to three or four candidates with the help of these criteria:
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> Biographical Information – Learn about the lawyer’s background. His profile must offer a picture of the types of cases he often handles (and which side he’s on). If it’s hard to tell, just call the office and ask directly. Check for other information that you can in these lawyers’ websites. The more you know about them, the better.
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> Professional Associations – Determine whether the lawyer is part of any national, state or local trial lawyers’ associations. > Location – If you have a working relationship with a lawyer practicing in another area, ask him for names of some good prospects in the local scene. > Professional Standing – Get in touch with your state bar association or check out their website to see if the lawyer you are eyeing is in good standing. Conflicts of Interest Does the lawyer represent anyone connected with any of the parties you are intending to use, or anyone who could have an interest in how the case plays out? Once you’ve trimmed down your list of prospects, ask them each about a consultation . You don’t have to strike a lawyer off your list just because he couldn’t meet you on short notice. Remember, good personal injury lawyers are usually busy. Money Issues Most personal injury claim scenarios make it possible to pay an attorney on a “contingency fee” basis. This means that you will only have to pay the lawyer when you have received the settlement or court award – usually about a third of that amount – and if you don’t receive any, your lawyer won’t get paid his legal fees either. In any case, it’s a must that you read the contract before affixing your signature, and understand that you may still have to pay for some “costs” (separate from legal fees) like photocopying fees, expert witness fees, court stenographer fees, and the rest.