It is difficult for consumers to know which lawyer is the right lawyer for their case. Many lawyers advertise for “injury” cases or “DUI” cases or whatever. However, just because a lawyer advertises for that type of case does not mean that he is the most qualified to handle it. It is important to find a lawyer who actually practices personal injury or worker’s compensation law on a daily basis. This is because is it difficult for lawyers to keep up to date on changes in the law in every area of practice. A lawyer who practices in the area you need will be up to date on those changes. Doing so can make a huge difference in the value of your case.
Additionally, adjusters (or prosecutors in DUI cases) know which lawyers actually practice in those areas of law. They know which lawyers will fight for their clients and go to court if necessary and which ones will not. Again, this has a huge impact on the outcome of your case. After all, it is your rights that are at stake. A good lawyer knows how to get the evidence required and knows how to properly present it to the jury. Not all lawyers go to court, and some are not even willing to do so.
The best ways to find a good lawyer are:
1) Get a referral from another attorney in your area;
2) Contact the state bar referral service to get the names of attorneys who practice in your area;
3) Interview several attorneys in your area and see if they are willing to refer you to other good lawyers who practice in that area;
4) Check the lawyer out online – does he have reviews? – Does she have a website full of information that is helpful?
Be wary of lawyers who contact you directly or send a “runner” to do so without you requesting it. You should also be wary of lawyers who expect you to sign a contingency fee agreement immediately if you are not ready to do so. Finally, be wary of lawyers who try to send you to certain doctors or chiropractors for medical treatment. That practice sends up a red flag to adjusters and to jurors as well.
This information is covered in more detail along with other topics in my book: 7 Ways to Protect and Maximize the Value of Your Personal Injury Claim. If you would like a copy of it please visit my website at www.turner-miller.com.