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Selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you’ve decided to move forward with your personal injury case, selecting the right personal injury lawyer is arguably the most important decision you’ll make. You’ve been injured and it’s time to start protecting yourself and working towards recovering the compensation you’re entitled to. Selecting the right personal injury attorney is precisely the right way to start.

Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer:

Before you hire a personal injury lawyer, please make sure your personal injury lawyer has experience in the particular injury you have suffered. You will obviously have many questions for your personal injury lawyer. You should make sure the personal injury lawyer offers free consultations, so you can ask those questions. Having said this, please understand that many of the best personal injury lawyers don’t offer free consultations. They are simply too busy to sit down and chat with you for free.

The Attorney Consultation:

Plan to go to the first interview with an open mind. You do not have to decide to employ the personal injury lawyer with whom you are interviewing until you have had time to think about the interview. In fact, feel free to visit more than one personal injury lawyer to facilitate finding the best one for your case.

Here is a list of questions you may ask a personal injury lawyer:

• Are you experienced in my particular type of personal injury?

• Will you or one of your associates be handling my case?

• Will you regularly contact me about my case status?

• Will I be provided with copies of all motions filed with the court?

• Will I be able to make the final decision on my case?

• What is your estimate of fees before my case is resolved?

At the consultation with your personal injury lawyer, you should inquire about any subject you think important to you. The most important topic is how much your personal injury lawyer will charge for your defense.

Good Personal Injury Lawyers Make All the Difference:

You should remember that a personal injury lawyer could be of help in finding technicalities that would quickly turn the case in your favor. Personal injury lawyers are experts in constructing convincing evidence and delivering persuasive arguments to present the best case possible.

Depending on the strength of your case, your personal injury lawyer may settle out of court. On the other hand, even if your case is strong, your personal injury lawyer may still think it advisable to go to court. Either way, selecting the right personal injury lawyer has put you on the path to recovering the compensation you’re entitled to.

Still, there are cases that even the best personal injury lawyer may not win. Circumstances vary and personal injury cases can be infamously subjective, especially considering that they are civil cases based primarily on past case histories. No matter the challenge, the right personal injury lawyer can always make a difference and possibly tip a seemingly impossible case in your direction.

A good personal injury lawyer will be prompt for court, any appointments and in all their dealings with you. Good personal injury lawyers also allow you to contact them in the off hours. They want you to be honest with them, as you should be in life. Please realize you should be honest with your personal injury lawyer as it is vital to your case.

Remember, whatever you tell your personal injury lawyer is strictly confidential and legally protected under attorney/client privilege. You can count on that. It is the law everywhere.

The First Meeting With Your Personal Injury Lawyer:

Here is an idea of what you can expect during your first meeting with your personal injury lawyer:

• The personal injury lawyer may ask you to sign a form authorizing the release of your medical information from health care providers, so that he or she can obtain your medical records on your behalf.

• The personal injury lawyer will want to know about all your insurance coverage.

• The personal injury lawyer will ask if you have talked to any insurance adjustors and if so, what you have said and whether you provided a recorded or written statement about the accident or injury.

• The personal injury lawyer will ask if anyone else has interviewed you about the accident or your injuries, and if so, with whom you spoke and the details of what was discussed

• If it isn't evident by looking at you, the personal injury lawyer may ask about the current status of your injuries -- whether you are in pain, what your prognosis is, etc.

• The personal injury lawyer may advise you to see your doctor if you have any lingering physical problems or complaints. If you don't see your doctor and later decide to pursue a legal claim for your injuries, the defendant may argue that you aren't seriously hurt. They will argue that no doctor visit indicates a complete lack of any medical problems.

• The personal injury lawyer may decide to consider your case, and to contact you shortly after the meeting to discuss your legal options. This is a common practice in injury cases, so you should not read anything into it.

• The personal injury lawyer may decline to take your case. He or she may do this for many reasons, such as his or her current caseload, capabilities or specialties, economic situation or family responsibilities. You also may learn that in the personal injury lawyer’s opinion, you do not have much of a case. While this is valuable information, especially early on in your case, you should by all means seek a second opinion from another personal injury lawyer.

• The personal injury lawyer may refer you to another lawyer. This happens when the personal injury lawyer cannot take your case for any number of reasons, or when he or she thinks that the other personal injury lawyer can do a better job under the circumstances.

• The personal injury lawyer may ask you to sign a retainer contract or other form of agreement for representation. Read the contract carefully and ask questions before you sign it. You should be able to take the contract home to study it before signing.

• The personal injury lawyer will tell you what the next steps are. There may be a factual investigation before a lawsuit is filed or settlement is considered, and the personal injury lawyer may be able to give you a rough estimate of how long it will take to resolve the case.

• The personal injury lawyer will tell you not to talk about the case with others, and that you should refer questions back to him or her. This is very important advice. Just as loose lips sink ships, stray comments can ruin your case in the courtroom.

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