Even if you’re generally aware of the frequency of personal injury accidents, you might be shocked at the statistics.
Every year, almost 14 million people are treated in emergency rooms for accidental injuries according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The top causes include motor vehicle crashes, falls, being struck by an object, and other factors.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you do have rights. It’s possible to recover monetarily for your losses, but you can expect an uphill battle in getting the compensation you deserve.
Though a personal injury attorney will protect your interests, you may not know where to begin with your search if you’ve never needed legal help before. Some tips may offer guidance.
Resources for Finding a Lawyer
You trust your family, friends, co-workers, and others for advice when making important decisions, so these people are also solid resources when you’re looking for an attorney. It’s possible that someone you know has used a lawyer for assistance with some legal matter – possibly even for a personal injury case.
In addition, other possibilities include your local bar association, which typically has a list of references for lawyers in certain practice areas. However, you’ll still need to conduct some research on potential candidates.
As a practical matter, ads on TV, the radio, newspaper, or phone book could steer you in the wrong direction. Attorneys pay for ads; those who publish them aren’t likely to do any vetting about the lawyer’s skills, experience, or track record.
What to Look for When Researching Attorneys
Once you’ve narrowed down your list of candidates, you should do some additional investigation in a few key areas:
- Experience: You want a lawyer who has spent considerable time with filing insurance claims, and in settlement negotiations, since this will be your first step in seeking compensation. If the insurance company isn’t willing to settle, you may need to sue in court. As such, litigation and courtroom experience are essential.
- Concentration in Personal Injury Cases: Some attorneys engage in general practice, which means they cover a range of legal cases, disputes, and issues. Because personal injury is a very focused, specialized area of law, you’ll need a professional who focuses on this niche.
- Dedication to Clients: As the victim of an accident, you’re in a vulnerable position. You want to know that your lawyer is committed to your case and will fight for your rights. Continue your search if you don’t sense this dedication, or if you deal primarily with paralegals or other firm personnel.
Trust Our Personal Injury Lawyers to Fight for Your Rights
Once you understand that finding the right legal counsel is the key to success with a personal injury claim, our attorneys at Fadduol, Cluff, Hardy & Conaway, P.C. are confident you’ll choose to work with us.
We have years of experience representing victims in Texas, New Mexico, and North Dakota, and we’re dedicated to getting the compensation you deserve for your losses. Please call us toll-free at 800.433.2408 or fill out an online form to schedule a no-cost consultation.