How to Pick the Right Personal Injury Lawyer for You

Dealing with an injury can be tough, both physically and mentally. The last thing you want is to add to that stress by navigating the complicated legal system on your own. That’s why finding the right injury lawyer for your case is crucial. But with so many lawyers to choose from, how do you know which one is the right fit for YOU? That’s where we come in. Here are the steps to take when searching for an injury lawyer to ensure you’re making the best decision for your individual needs.

Do Your Research

The first step in finding the right injury lawyer is researching potential firms. You can start by asking friends or family for recommendations or by doing a Google search for injury lawyers in your area. We recommend you turn to legal search engines like Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubble, or Avvo – all are great and reliable resources you can use to begin your search.

Once you have a list of lawyers, take some time to browse their websites, watch client testimonials, and read reviews from past clients. Look for a lawyer with experience in cases similar to yours and a good track record of success. Personal injury law is vast, and different lawyers specialize in different areas. Look for a lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours, and who has a track record of success in those cases.

At Sam & Ash Law, we specialize in personal injury law, and we’re dedicated to helping our clients get the compensation they deserve. We have a team of experienced lawyers who have successfully handled a wide variety of personal injury cases.

Check for Bar Admissions by State

If you live in one state but were injured in another, it’s important to find a lawyer who is licensed to practice in both states. This can be especially important if your case involves complex legal issues. At Sam & Ash Law, we’re licensed to practice in both California and Nevada, so we can help clients in both states.

Schedule Consultations

After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential lawyers, the next step is to schedule consultations with each one. Most lawyers offer free consultations, during which you can discuss the specifics of your case and get a sense of their approach and communication style. This is also a chance for you to ask any questions you may have and determine whether you feel comfortable with the lawyer.

Evaluate Their Personality and Communication Style

Evaluating the lawyer’s personality and communication style is essential. Your lawyer should be approachable, friendly, and easy to communicate with. During your initial consultation, observe how they communicate with you. Do they listen to your concerns, or do they brush you off? Do they speak in terms you can understand, or do they use jargon? Your personal connection and level of comfort with your lawyer is critical for a successful client-lawyer relationship and can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Consider Who Will Be Working On Your Case

It’s important to know who will be working on your case. Some firms have a “bait-and-switch” approach, where you meet with a partner but are then handed off to a junior lawyer who may not have the same level of experience. Make sure you know who will be working on your case, and that you feel comfortable with them.

At Sam & Ash Law, we believe in transparency and honesty. When you work with us, you’ll know exactly who will be working on your case, and you’ll have direct access to them throughout the process.

Consider Legal Fees

Before hiring a personal injury lawyer, make sure you understand how fees and costs are handled. Some lawyers may overpromise what they can return in order to get your case signed, so it’s important to ask for transparency. There are lots of lawyers out there claiming they have the best track record and the lowest fees. But the difference between a high-fee and low-fee injury law firm comes down to negotiation skills, resources available, and personalized attention.

At Sam & Ash Law, we offer a free case evaluation, which can help you understand the potential value of your case. We also work on a contingency fee basis, which means we only get paid if we win your case. We’ll never charge you any upfront fees or costs.

Negotiation Skills

What sets good injury lawyers apart from low-fee lawyers is their experience in lien negotiations. Liens are essential to know about and understand because they grant a health provider the right to be paid directly from your settlement instead of out of your own pocket. Good injury lawyers understand how medical liens work and can negotiate with insurance companies, employers, or other parties to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible.

Low-fee lawyers are more likely to take a “one size fits all” approach to negotiations because they lack the budget, experience, and resources. They can’t take the extra time or make the necessary effort to negotiate and get you a fair settlement because they can’t afford it. Additionally, if they aren’t experienced negotiators, they may not even know when an offer is too low or could be improved. So while they might have lower fees, your case will suffer.

Resources Available

Top-tier lawyers have the resources that many low-fee attorneys need. They include expert witnesses, medical professionals, private investigators, and more. Good injury lawyers also often use sophisticated software programs to increase organization and productivity. However, low-fee lawyers often need more financial means and connections to provide these kinds of resources for their clients.

Personalized Attention

Low-fee lawyers are more likely to take a “one size fits all” approach because they can’t afford to take the extra time or make the necessary effort to get you a fair settlement, which will end up costing you more in the end. Premium lawyers, like Sam & Ash Injury Law, make your case easier AND get you more money.

Finally, another critical difference between premium and low-fee lawyers is how much attention they give their clients. Good injury law firms are committed to providing personalized representation, considering each person’s needs when crafting legal strategies and negotiating settlements. The right lawyer will get to know you, listen, and make themselves available 24/7 to ensure you’re always supported and well-informed about your case.

Low-fee options may not offer this kind of continuous support or attention, leaving you feeling confused and alone throughout your case. In addition, because they devote less time and attention to you, crucial details are more likely to slip through the cracks.

Moral of the story: You owe it to yourself to hire a premium law firm. And at Sam & Ash Injury Law, not one penny out of your pocket pays our legal fees. So why not hire the best for nothing out of pocket?

Trust Your Gut

Trust your gut and don’t settle for the first lawyer you come across. You want to work with someone who makes you feel comfortable and confident in their abilities, so take the time to find someone who will give you the best chance at a successful outcome.

FAQ:

Q: What should I do if I’m not sure if I have a case?
A: If you’re not sure if you have a case, it’s best to speak with a personal injury lawyer. At Sam & Ash Law, we offer a free case evaluation, which can help you understand the potential value of your case.

Q: What types of personal injury cases does Sam & Ash Law handle?
A: We handle a wide variety of personal injury cases, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and more.

Key Takeaways:

  • Look for a personal injury lawyer with experience and expertise in your type of case.
  • Consider who will be working on your case, and make sure you feel comfortable with them.
  • Find a lawyer who is licensed to practice in your state and has knowledge of its laws.
  • Understand how fees and costs are handled before hiring a lawyer.
  • Make sure the lawyer is transparent about the potential value of your case.

Finding the right personal injury lawyer can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. By following these tips, you can make sure you choose a lawyer who is experienced, knowledgeable, and committed to helping you get the compensation you deserve. At Sam & Ash Law, we’re dedicated to helping our clients navigate the complex world of personal injury law, and we’re here to help you too. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.

Author: Ash Watkins

Ash started her legal career defending insurance companies against injury victims. She saw how insurance companies treated people who had legitimate injury claims. But she also saw how notoriously sleazy the personal injury lawyers were. Neither side was focused on the injured person, so she decided to do something about it.