There’s no doubt in Florida we have a fair share of attorneys, especially personal injury attorneys. So, how does one go about choosing a good attorney for their potential accident case. To start, when choosing a personal injury attorney there are several factors you may want to consider. For example, if a friend or relative has referred you to a personel injury attorney, then you will most likely benefit from that recommendation. Otherwise, if you need to locate an attorney on your own, you may find yourself in a vast universe of who to choose and how to go about choosing them.
With that being said, there are a few things to keep in mind; Firstly if possible do your research online. This will give you great insight to the firm you are considering. Most attorney websites, if not all will list the backgrounds of the firm’s attorneys, their level of experience, and a list of settlements they have received.
However, as everyone is aware, there are many times than not that during an accident things are confusing and hectic and research is not an option. In situations like this the individual involved in the accident will typically make the call to the first phone number available to him or her. This is ok to do keeping in mind that you can always do your research after you have retained the law firm to represent you. If you decide that the firm you chose on impulse is not a good fit, you can cancel your agreement with the firm within 72 hours of your signing with them and not incur any fees. You want to locate an attorney that is going to have your best interests at heart and is going to communicate with you on a regular basis. But every client should beware; Just like in any business, it’s important to keep in mind that there are many personal injury attorney scams out there, unaccredited lawyers and other schemers who try to extort large amounts of money from people or companies to make themselves rich.
If time permits a person involved in an accident could contact the local Bar Association in their area. The Bar association will maintain a list of responsible attorneys and will be able to recommend a good personal injury attorney to you. If you think you will have trouble paying attorneys fees, you may want to investigate the free legal aid clinics in your area. Legal aid clinics will help file a law suit on your behalf and will often work pro bono, or free of charge, if they think the case is justified.
More importantly make sure that the personal injury attorney you choose has your best interest and he or she listens to your needs.