If you have been injured by someone’s negligence and you are considering hiring representation, you may be wondering which lawyer you should choose. With so many lawyers to choose from, finding the right one can feel daunting. Here are some considerations to keep in mind as you decide who is best to handle your case.
They say there is no substitute for experience. This notion is also true with lawyers. A seasoned personal injury lawyer brings to the table years of experience handling personal injury claims. With experience comes skill. Generally, an experienced lawyer can be advantageous to you as that experience may translate into a higher settlement than a less experienced lawyer may be able to achieve for you.
Before hiring any service provider, it is always prudent to look online to learn what past clients and customers say about ones services. The same is true when hiring a personal injury lawyer. A quick search online of a lawyer’s reviews can be greatly helpful in finding the right lawyer.
Similar to online reviews, you may want to search online to see if a given lawyer has ever been disciplined for professional misconduct. If a lawyer has a checkered history, it may be wise to look elsewhere for someone with a cleaner professional record.
Many lawyers are general practitioners. These lawyers may handle an array of cases including real estate transactions, criminal defense, divorces, estate work, etc. On the other hand, many lawyers specialize in one area of law. The lawyer who specializes in personal injury will be focused only on personal injury and will likely bring a level of expertise that a general practitioner may not be able to offer.
This list is not intended to be exhaustive. When choosing a personal injury lawyer, always follow your gut, use good judgment, and you will likely be very happy with the lawyer you choose.
Christopher Earley is a Massachusetts personal injury and workers compensation lawyer – www.chrisearley.com.