4 Mistakes People Make When Choosing an Injury Lawyer
If you have suffered from a personal injury, you need to see a lawyer right away. Whether it is due to a car accident, slipping and falling, or a medical malpractice, you deserve to be compensated for both your pain and your suffering.
Before you choose a personal injury lawyer, you need to go through this article and ensure you aren’t making any of the four most common mistakes. Any one of these mistakes will end up costing you time, money, and sanity.
Mistake #1: Choose a Lawyer Based on One Friend’s Good Experience
Granted, a good review is great to have when choosing an injury lawyer, especially when it is coming from a reputable source. However, you want to ensure that your friend’s experience wasn’t an anomaly. If your friend had such a good experience, you should be able to verify and validate it on any review source.
Mistake #2: Choose a Lawyer That Doesn’t Offer a Contingency Plan
Lawyers that know how to win cases will always offer a contingency plan. That means that you will pay a few fees up front, but, the personal injury lawyer won’t make anything unless your case is won. Lawyers that refuse to offer contingency likely doesn’t have faith in your case or their ability to present it.
Find yourself a lawyer that will work within your needs and essentially guarantee your win with a contingency plan.
Mistake #3: Choose a Lawyer That Requires a Fee for a Consultation
If a lawyer requires you to pay for a consultation, that probably means they are so busy with clients (thanks to success) that they have to scare some off with a scary-looking fee… right? Wrong! Lawyers like this often charge “potential” clients to meet with them but never take their case. Think about it… a law firm can charge $100 per 30-minute meeting. They advise on cases, but never take any. They are still making $1600 a day when they are fully booked!
Your personal injury lawyer shouldn’t charge you so that you can talk about the pain and suffering you have experienced – and only offer advice.
Mistake #4: Choose a Lawyer Who Has Success in Other Fields
So, you’ve found a lawyer that has great reviews, works on contingency, and offers a consultation with no fee. But, they work criminal and divorce cases in addition to personal injury. That is find, though, right? Because they are successful?
Wrong. Personal injury is already a deep field – car accidents, slip and fall, medical malpractice… and so on. Being completely knowledgeable on the ins and outs of each category of personal injury in addition to marriage, divorce, and criminal? This lawyer is bound to slip up.
Find yourself a lawyer who specialises in personal injury. If you can, find a lawyer who specialises specifically in your type of case.
Find a Lawyer
If you find yourself looking for a personal injury lawyer, be sure you are avoiding these mistakes. Overall cost and availability should always be secondary to experience, knowledge, and success. Once you think you have found a lawyer that will work for you and your case, revisit this article to ensure you aren’t making a mistake.