• How to Find the Right Personal Injury Lawyer for your Case

    Jarve Kaplan Granato & Starr AttorneysFor all the occasions when you need a lawyer, there’s no time that it’s more important to find the right one than when you’ve suffered a personal injury. Whether the injury you’ve suffered is physical or psychological, if you’ve suffered a loss you need an advocate who will understand what you’ve been through and do a good job of telling your story in a compelling way. There are a lot of personal injury attorneys to choose from, so be sure to take your time, and use some of the following tips for how to find the right personal injury lawyer for your case.

    • Start by knowing where to look. Though you can certainly search the internet and ask friends for recommendations, there are also trustworthy resources that you can review. The Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry has peer reviews of attorneys, and the American Bar Association is also a good resource. Once you’ve identified a few who seem like good options, make appointments with all of them, and don’t make any snap judgments. Finding a lawyer that you feel is a good fit is important, and not a decision that should be rushed into.
    • Ask about experience. You want an attorney who not only has a significant amount of trial experience in the area of law that you’re dealing with, and whose record is successful. This is especially true when your case involves significant damages. When your case involves highly technical material, as is true with medical malpractice, you need to ask what kinds of resources the law firm has when it comes to expert witnesses, and what other cases they have represented that are similar to yours. Ask the attorney how many of their cases come from referrals from other attorneys, and don’t be shy about asking for referrals: an experienced and successful attorney will have many satisfied clients who will be happy to talk to you about their experience.
    • Decide whether you’d prefer to work with a large law firm or a small one. There are advantages to both, so it’s really a matter of your expectations and personal preferences. Big firms often have more resources and notable reputations in the justice community and are just as capable of providing you with personalized attention as small ones are. However, you need to understand that when you call, you may end up dealing with an assistant rather than with the attorney who you hired. Be sure to ask about this ahead of time so that you know what to expect and aren’t disappointed.
    • Beyond all of the knowledge and expertise, you need to remember that the personal injury attorney that you choose is someone with whom you are going to be spending a lot of time. The lawyer you choose will be the person telling your story to a judge and jury, so you need to be certain that you’re comfortable both asking them questions and providing them with answers about highly personal matters. You need to feel that they represent your values and goals. There are few things that are more upsetting than having a person whose manner you find objectionable – whether too aggressive or too passive – representing you in a matter that is of great personal importance.

    Your personal injury attorney will be your advocate, fighting to make sure that you get what you deserve. To set up a free consultation with one of our compassionate, experienced lawyers, call our office today.

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