When you are dealing with the physical and emotional impact of a personal injury, it is especially important that you find an experienced, compassionate and professional attorney to represent your interests. There are many factors to consider when choosing an attorney, and sometimes that decision can seem overwhelming because there are so many attorneys available. With thousands of choices at your fingertips with one internet search, making the right decision can be daunting. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you find a lawyer and determine if you are choosing an experienced personal injury attorney.
How Do I Find A Personal Injury Lawyer?
First, like any service, the best referrals are those from the people you trust. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. if they have ever hired an attorney for a personal injury claim. Make sure to ask about their experience with that attorney throughout the process, and whether they felt their lawyer did a good job. As much as a great recommendation can help make this difficult decision easier, a warning about a potential attorney can be just as helpful. Finding out your friend’s and family’s experiences can help you wade through the thousands of results you find online.
Personal injury lawyer Kenneth Altman at Morris Bart offers insight into choosing an experienced attorney:
Another invaluable resource is the state bar association, which issues and monitors licenses for attorneys. Although each state is different, when you search online or call a state bar association, you can find information about the attorney’s standing with the bar and the date he or she was admitted to practice law. Sometimes the bar association will also provide information about where the attorney works and special practice areas, which means you can also look more thoroughly into the attorney’s professional career.
How Do I Know If My Attorney Is Good?
Regardless of whether you received a recommendation from someone or were just searching online, doing further research before hiring a personal injury attorney is always a great idea.
One important factor to research is the experience level of the attorney. While you don’t want to put all the emphasis on how long an attorney has been practicing personal injury law, the date of admission is important because it will give you an idea of that attorney’s experience. Many attorneys also have biographical information on their firm’s website. These details will give you a more detailed account of the attorney’s professional accomplishments and lend insight into their success as a personal injury attorney.
Another way to research an attorney’s experience is to search for independent rating entities and associations. Most likely, an experienced personal injury attorney will have accolades from various organizations. These organizations include legal magazines, local trial lawyer associations, the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers, the Million Dollar Associates Forum, and the American Society of Legal Advocates. Sometimes local publications will feature special editions focused on local attorneys. These features can help you find a local perspective on a potential attorney.
Meeting With An Attorney
Above all, after you’ve finished your research to choose an experienced personal injury attorney, ask for a phone or in-person consultation with that attorney or firm. Past experience is important, but being comfortable with your potential attorney is also a vital part of the success of your case. Prepare a list of questions for the attorney and use the meeting as a chance to get to know him or her. When you are injured because of someone else’s negligence and confused about your next step, having a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who is committed to compassionate representation is of utmost importance. As your trusted advocate and partner in this process, an experienced attorney will explain what to expect and guide you through the legal process involved in a personal injury claim.
MORRIS BART ATTORNEYS ARE EXPERIENCED IN REPRESENTING YOUR RIGHTS
Dealing with an accident can be a lot easier if you have a good attorney. Morris Bart Personal Injury Attorneys have decades of experience dealing with the complexities of insurance claims and all types of accidents. If you’ve been involved in an accident, call Morris Bart for a free consultation. We’re available 24/7, and we’d like to help you get the money you may deserve.