Most people do not expect they will have an occasion to sue anyone but it happens all of the time. In 2014, the average age of a person who was receiving disability benefits was 53.7. Nearly 86% of all successful workers compensation claims come as a result of a fall at work. This is one reason that most states (74%) require companies to carry workers? compensation insurance. Most of these people did not expect to need help from a personal injury law firm but they appreciated it when they did.
Tips for Hiring the Right Personal Injury Law Firm:
- Consider what kind of expertise you need. Just like in medicine, the kind of personal injury attorney depends on the kind of case you have. You do not want a bankruptcy attorney to help you with your medical malpractice lawsuit, for example. There are many different kinds of lawyers that deal with these issues. Make sure the law firm you pick has someone who is an expert in the area of law that covers your case and your situation.
- Interview several personal injury law firms. Law practices are known for offering free initial consultations so that clients can determine what direction they need to do and find the right lawyer. This is totally normal for the way they conduct their business and get new clients. Make sure you write down all of your questions and get them answered. Having the right lawyer represent you in your suit makes a huge difference in your outcome and experience. This is not the time to just go with the first firm you meet. Ask the lawyer who will represent you about their track record and how much experience they have with cases that are similar to yours. Sure, every case and every situation is unique but they should have handled at least a few cases that are like yours.
- Ask around for recommendations. You may know someone who has had to file a similar lawsuit to yours. Talk to your friends, relatives, and neighbors. If you are looking for a workers compensation lawyer, talk to other people you work with. Look online, too. See what kinds of reviews different law firms have. See what their current and past clients say about what it was like to work with the lawyers at the firm. When you have narrowed your search down to a few law firms, ask them about their clients and see if they have any who would be willing to talk to you about their experiences. Look at their website to see if they have listed any testimonials or references. Look them up online and see what people say about them. Keep in mind that people are twice as likely to complain than compliment when you look at reviews and weigh what you find accordingly.
- Trust your gut. You are going to have to share some very personal things with the personal injury law firm you select. You need to be able to confide in them completely. This is not the time to be too proud to talk about your pain and suffering. If you cannot connect with the lawyer, you need to find another one. The outcome of your case may depend on your ability to communicate with your attorney. If you cannot explain how you have been injured by a medical professional or at work, how can your attorney explain that to the court?
While we live in a very litigious society, going through the lawsuit process can be really challenging and difficult. If you have been injured by someone else’s carelessness or malice, you have a right to sue for damages. Your lawsuit, should you prevail, can be something that helps insure other people do not suffer the way you did. Companies that might have been lax with their safety programs and procedures may decide to do more to protect their workforce from injury. If your injury was the result of medical malpractice, the hospital, clinic or medical practice might makes changes to the way they do things that helps others. At the very least, your settlement can help you pay for your medical bills and help with lost income.