How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney

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.

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