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Choosing a Good Personal Injury Lawyer Working with the right lawyer can make a large difference in the conclusion of your personal injury claim, which makes selecting the right lawyer a crucial decision. Majority of lawyers who concentrate on personal injury law represent only one side of these cases – either the plaintiff (the injured person) or the defendant (the person entity that allegedly caused the injury). Word of mouth and personal recommendations are often the best place to start searching for a lawyer. Internet resources are also a great jump-off off point for making an initial list of prospects to get in touch with. Whittling It Down Regardless of where you found your prospects, you’ll want to trim down that list to three or four using the following criteria:
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> Biographical Information – Learn about the lawyer’s background. His profile should give you a picture of the nature of cases he usually handles (and which side). If it’s hard to tell, just call the office and ask directly. See what other information you can find in these lawyers’ websites. The more you learn about them, the wiser your decision will be.
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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 – Visit the lawyer’s website or call your state bar association to know if the lawyer you’re interested in is in good standing. Conflicts of Interest Does the lawyer represent anybody who might be affiliated with any of the parties you are planning to sue, or anybody who may have an interest in the result of the case? Once you’ve trimmed down your list of prospects, ask them each about a consultation . There’s no need to strike a lawyer off your list if he can’t meet you on short notice. Remember, if a personal injury lawyer is busy, he must be good. Money Issues In most personal injury claim situations, a lawyer can be hired on a “contingency fee” basis. This simply means that the lawyer will be paid a percentage – about one-third – of any settlement or court award you get, and if you don’t get any, he won’t be paid his legal fees too. In any case, read the contract before singing it as you may still need to pay for costs (not included in legal fees) such as court stenographer or expert witness fees, photocopying fees, and so on.