Getting the Right Personal Injury LawyerParamount to any personal injury settlement is getting the right representation, a lawyer capable of helping you get proper compensation for your injury. You likely have more questions than answers at the beginning. That makes it important to getting a personal injury lawyer capable of answering all of them. This guide shows you how to hire the right lawyer.
Where do you find a lawyer?
You might visit your local state bar looking for a lawyer. If you're in Georgia, you go to the Georgia State Bar, which has a website. If you have a family lawyer, you may ask for some referrals to experienced personal injury lawyers. You can always look online at sites and reference points. Many lawyers have sites and blogs like this one to help those interested in getting help. You can find out a lot about a lawyer's experience by a site. You should always make more than one or two visits and/or phone calls. You should consult with several experienced lawyers. Make it a goal to not settle on the first or the cheapest. You can find a good one you can afford.
How much experience should your lawyer have?
Well, experience does vary, but you definitely want a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. You might even try to find a lawyer who has relevant experience. If you are suffering from a work related injury, you may be able to find a lawyer with experience there. If you suffered a car accident injury, you may get a lawyer with more experience in accident law. If you are dealing with a tough insurance company, you can find a lawyer capable of winning a major lawsuit. You have many options.
How much do you pay?
This depends on the lawyer and your case. Generally, you want a lawyer capable of winning, but also a lawyer who thinks you have a chance of winning. You should be able to get a lawyer willing to take his or her fee only if you win a settlement. This is called the no win, no fee philosophy, where if you lose you get nothing but your lawyer also gets nothing. If you do win, or reach a settlement, your lawyer should take from 25-35% of the money. If you settle, it should be about 25%. But if your lawyer has to take this to court, that takes more time, and the final fee will be closer to 35%.
What to do you gain?
This too depends on your lawyer and your case. It depends on the nature of your injury. It depends on how much the insurer is willing to pay. You should get all medical costs covered. If you missed work, or lost your job, you should be compensated for that. If you suffer major pain and suffering, such as trauma from a car accident, this increases your compensation greatly.
If You Have Questions
If you have questions, that is what your personal injury lawyer is for. You can also look online and ask others with experience. The important thing is to take that big first step: hiring the right legal representation. If a lawyer is willing to take on your case for the no win, no fee philosophy, you likely have a winner.