What to Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

How to make sure you don’t get hurt twice

When you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice. To ensure you make a strong case and get the settlement you deserve, you’ll need a personal injury lawyer acting on your behalf. With a personal injury lawyer acting on your behalf you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that you’ll make the strongest possible case for the maximum compensation.

Yet when you’re suffering physical or emotional pain, it can be difficult to find and evaluate an attorney. Follow these tips to ensure the attorney you pick is able to give you the best representation.

Get a consultation.

You’re hurt, upset and suffering because of someone else’s actions. But do you have a case? Any personal injury attorney worth her/his weight will be able to tell you this after providing an initial consultation. Some offer free consultations and will listen to the details of your case and be able to tell you if there’s a potential lawsuit or not. Make calls, ask questions and find an attorney who will hear you out before making any decisions.

Run fast from ambulance chasers!

Many people will tell you about how they received letters, emails and phone calls from personal injury lawyers after their accident. This practice is called ambulance chasing and it’s not legal in most states. If a lawyer is trying to get in touch with you in this manner, avoid this person and continue your search – they are already doing something they shouldn’t be.

Ask trusted friends and relatives.

We’ve all seen those TV commercials and billboards with friendly smiling faces of lawyers who claim to have your best interest at heart. Making a decision based on advertising alone is never a good idea. Talk to people you trust, ask your family attorney for a reference or research personal injury attorneys online. Read as many reviews as you can about each attorney that you’re considering — people talk about their experiences, whether they won their case or not and whether or not they were happy with the attorney they chose.

Ask about experience.

It only makes sense that if you’re seeking compensation because of an injury you suffered caused by someone else, you’ll want someone with this exact experience in your corner.
If you’re looking into attorneys, be sure to choose one that has years of experience practicing this type of law.

Seems simple enough, right? But many attorneys have a list of areas they practice in and while personal injury may be listed, it could an area that’s weak for them or one that they have not had a lot of cases in. You want to find a personal injury attorney who knows how to build your case, take it to trial and negotiate with insurance companies. They’ll also know when it’s better to accept a settlement offer and when to forge on to trail.

What’s their success rate?

Once you’ve found a few possible attorneys, remember that beyond their experience, you’ll want to know their track record. Because it’s not just important that they have dealt with personal injury cases before, it’s crucial that they’ve had success with those cases. Check into how many cases they’ve handled and how many of those they have won and lost.

How much will representation cost you?

Most personal Injury attorneys will work with you on a contingency basis. This means that they won’t take any money from you unless the case is won. The percentage they receive will vary depending on the attorney you choose, so be sure you compare rates before you hire one to represent you.

Look for a specialist.

Not all personal Injury attorneys are created equal. Depending on the cause of your injury, you may want to seek out an attorney who specializes in that type of case. There are many that focus their practice on medical malpractice, wrongful death, car accidents, slip and fall, etc. If you can find one that has built their practice on your type of case, you’ll benefit from their extensive knowledge and experience.

Of course, there are many personal injury attorneys who work on a myriad of cases that include all sorts of injuries. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re weak in any of those areas, which is why it’s important to research their track record on your particular kind of case.

Honesty is still the best policy.

No matter what happens, seek honesty from your personal injury attorney. A credible attorney will tell you if you don’t have a case and what the odds are of you winning or losing. If anyone tells you they can guarantee a win, that’s not only a bad sign, it’s a reason not to hire them.

Do you click?

After you’ve done all your homework and compiled a list of personal injury attorneys, take the time to speak with each one. Do they seem to empathize with your situation – do you feel they truly care about what you’ve been through? Make sure you feel comfortable, that your personalities are in sync and that the attorney you choose truly has your best interest at heart.

When you’re hurt or suffering from an injury, the last thing you need is to hire the wrong person to represent you. Take your time and follow these tips on finding the right personal injury attorney. If you’ve been injured and are seeking legal representation, put Lauriston Law Firm at the top of your research list and contact us today.

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  1. Dee Francis February 8, 2016

    I thought that you made an important point about how a credible attorney would be upfront an honest with me about my odds for winning my personal injury case. Lately, I’ve been focused on looking for a lawyer who knows they’ll be able to win my case. You’re right about how a good personal injury attorney will be upfront and honest about my chances for getting the settlement that I need. That shows that they know the law well enough to determine who well a case will hold up in court, so I’ll be sure to hire an attorney who will be truthful about how they’ll be able to represent my case. Thanks for the tips!

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  2. Lauren Woodley April 27, 2016

    I definitely agree that you should ask about experience! As you say, it only makes sense that if you’re looking for compensation, then you should hire someone that has the experience to make that happen. I completely agree with you, too. Overall, though, when you find someone with the right experience, I would think that you would be more prone to trust them and have confidence in letting them handle your case anyway. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Bob Lowe June 28, 2016

    Thank you for the post. Choosing a professional that specializes in exactly what you need is ideal. I think asking attorneys if they are able to handle your kind of case can help you narrow down your search. I also like the idea to ask them to talk to you about previous cases that are similar to your can be really helpful as well.

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  5. Kendall Ryder September 30, 2016

    You can also make sure to read online reviews from past clients of the lawyer. That way you can see whether or not the clients enjoyed working with the lawyer. If they did, you can go ahead and meet with lawyer in person. Then you can get an idea of what the lawyer really is like, and whether or not you will like working with him/her.

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  6. Dave Anderson January 12, 2017

    I did not know about the, so called, ambulance chasers that try and contact people that have recently received injuries at work to defend them and make a lot of money. Now that I know about they I will make sure to avoid them if I do have an injury at work. I know that it is important to make sure to hire an attorney that has a good track record and that trusted and reliable.

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  9. Leviticus Bennett April 21, 2017

    I like your tip to research about a lawyer online and read reviews. I think it’s useful to always read both the most positive and most negative reviews. That usually helps you sort out biased information which appears often on the internet.

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  10. Ridley Fitzgerald May 19, 2017

    You have some great things to consider when looking for a personal injury lawyer. I agree that it’s important to find someone who you naturally get a long with, as a person. Online reviews are something I’ve heard can be helpful for finding this.

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  11. Alex Dean June 21, 2017

    Due to a recent accident, my husband and I are looking for a personal injury lawyer to help us with our case. But since neither of us have been in this situation before, we need help in knowing how to choose the right one. I like how you pointed out that we need to look for a specialist to help us out with our specific case. That way we can get someone who has experience with that particular case, and will know what they are doing. Knowing that will really help make this less of a stressful situation.

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  13. Kyle Winters June 30, 2017

    I really like your suggestion to look for a specialist when you have to pick a personal injury attorney. The personal injury law field is quite expansive after all. You want to make sure that you’ve chosen a personal injury attorney that has dealt with cases similar to your own before and has a fairly high win record.

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  17. Jade Brunet July 11, 2017

    My mom was recently rear ended, and her car was totaled. We think that she needs to hire a personal injury attorney to make sure she gets the best settlement she can out of the case. It is good to know that one should check for an attorney’s experience before hiring. I like what was said about how you should choose an attorney who has years of experience practicing this type of law. We will keep this in mind as we look to hire, thanks.

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  18. Harper Campbell July 19, 2017

    Due to recent events, I am in need of hiring a personal injury lawyer for my husband. We have never been in this situation before, and need advice on how to choose the right one. It’s good to know that one thing we need to look at is their success rate, this is something that will help us know for sure that we have a little bit of a chance in the case.

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  19. Amanda Drew August 25, 2017

    That sounds like a good idea to see how many of their cases a lawyer has won. My son was recently bitten by a huge dog that just went for his face. It was terrifying, and he has needed surgery. We’ll have to find a good personal injury attorney to help us be able to pay for his medical bills.

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    It’s good to know that when it comes to finding a personal injury lawyer there are some things we need to remember to ask them about. I like how you mentioned one of these questions needs to be how much their representation will cost us. It will be nice to have one that will work with us on a contingency basis so we won’t have to pay unless the case is won.

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  22. Cameron Bennett November 27, 2017

    I like that you mention looking for an attorney that specializes in certain cases or has a lot of experience in different cases. It’s also good to compare at least three different attorneys and to ask people you know for recommendations. You can never be too thorough and it’s important to find the lawyer that’s going to be the best fit for you and help you in your case.

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  24. Kiara Woodsland January 26, 2018

    I like that you talked about how you can consider talking to the people you know and trust for a recommendation of a personal injury lawyer that you can search online. My best friend had an accident last night that caused her to be badly injured. It’s my goal to help her find a personal injury lawyer that can help her with her case. It will totally give me the confidence that my best friend’s care is going to end up with a favorable result if I can find a lawyer that’s being highly commended by a lot of people. I will make sure to consider all your tips.

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  26. Amanda Drew February 22, 2018

    My daughter was recently injured in an accident. She’s going to be just fine, but we will have a lot of medical bills. We think that it would really help our case if we got a personal injury attorney to help us. Thanks for pointing out that a lot of lawyers work on a contingency basis so that you don’t have to pay until you’ve won.

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  27. Jaque Christo February 23, 2018

    Thank you for the pos ton what to look for in a personal injury lawyer. I like the idea to ask trusted friends and family members for recommendations. That way you get directed to lawyers that you know do good work and will be worth your time.

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  28. Bobby Saint February 27, 2018

    I couldn’t agree more when you mentioned asking trusted friends and relatives as one way to find a good personal injury attorney. They may be able to recommend someone whom they have consulted before on a similar case. If they tell you that this lawyer was able to represent them well in court, then it’s probably a good idea to follow their advice. If I were to look for a personal injury attorney, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

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  29. Moira Blythe March 15, 2018

    My best friend is in need of a personal injury lawyer. I appreciate your advice to make sure to ask the attorney how many cases they’ve done and how many of those have been wins and loses, before we hire them. This would be great information to find out!

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  30. Elsa Anderson March 23, 2018

    My aunt believes that her husband was killed in a wrongful death and is wondering if she should hire a wrongful death attorney. I had no idea that you should look at their track record of successful cases. Also, I agree that you need to hire an attorney that you can talk to comfortably and have a professional relationship with.

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  31. Deborah Adams April 19, 2018

    I like that you suggested reading as many reviews as you can about the personal injury lawyers that you’re considering so you can get an idea of what other people have to say about their services. My sister is looking for a personal injury lawyer that can help her file a personal injury case. She only wants to hire a personal injury lawyer that has satisfied clients in the past so she can be confident that she’s going to receive the help that she needs professionally. Thanks for sharing this.

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  32. Chelsea Davis April 19, 2018

    The best part of your blog for me is when you talked about how you should consider choosing a personal injury lawyer that has years of experience practicing personal injury laws. My sister had an accident last night, so she’s looking to hire a personal injury that can help her. She prefers working with a personal injury that knows the ins and outs of personal injury law, so it will be ideal for her to choose a personal injury that’s experienced. Thanks!

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  33. Deborah Adams April 28, 2018

    I do agree that it’s important to check the track record of the personal injury lawyer that you’re interested in so you can see their success rate in handling personal injury cases. My sister is looking for a personal injury that has a solid record of high rating of successful cases because she wants to get a favorable outcome for the personal injury case that she will be filing. I will make sure to share your blog with her so she can consider all your tips on choosing a personal injury lawyer.

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  34. Ava Murphy May 10, 2018

    I do agree that it’s crucial to choose a personal injury attorney that has a good track record of success with the cases that they have handled. My sister is looking for a personal injury attorney who she can be sure to help her in winning her case to make sure that she’ll get the compensation that she’s entitled to. I will share your blog with her so she can consider choosing a personal injury attorney with a good success rate.

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  35. Deborah Adams May 15, 2018

    I do agree that it’s crucial to make sure that the personal injury lawyer that you will choose has successfully handled personal injury cases. My sister is looking for a personal injury lawyer that can help her in filing a personal injury claim. She wanted to ensure a favorable outcome, so it will be ideal for her to find a personal injury lawyer that has a good track record.

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  36. Lillian Schaeffer July 31, 2018

    Thanks for bringing to my attention that you should talk to people you trust to get references for personal injury attorneys. My husband was in a car crash, and his injuries are preventing him from going to work, so we want to make sure we’re fairly compensated for his injuries and his lost wages. We’ll definitely ask around to see if any of our close friends or family members have had a good experience with a lawyer we could look into.

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  37. Sharon Wilson-Smith August 8, 2018

    My favorite part of your blog is when you suggested choosing a personal injury attorney that specializes in the type of case where you’ll be needing their help for because not all personal injury attorneys are created equal. A close friend of mine said that he wanted to hire a personal injury attorney because she had an auto accident and wanted to be compensated. She wanted to ensure a favorable outcome for her personal injury case, so I’ll be sure to share your blog with her.

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  38. Taylor Bishop August 15, 2018

    Thanks for this advice for hiring a personal injury lawyer. I’m glad you mentioned you should try to get consultations with different attorneys so you ask them questions. This seems very helpful to understanding your situation, your case, and what the attorney wants to accomplish with it.

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