After a car accident, there are many moving pieces to recovery, many of which need your quick attention. Hiring a car accident attorney will be a priority for you if you believe the other party is at fault, especially if medical injuries are at stake.
If you are unsure where to begin, here are 6 tips to hiring a car accident attorney that will help you find the right match for your case.
- Perform Your Own Background Check
Don’t be afraid of doing your own background checks when it comes to hiring your car accident attorney. This might look a lot like a regular online search, but in fact, it differs in the information that you are going to seek. You can always ask your social network for referrals when it comes to hiring a great attorney, but we also suggest that you take a look at resources outside of friends and family, and a Google search.
Did you know that you can reach out to your state bar association to see if the attorney has any complaints or petitions filed against them? You can even go to the courthouse (as these are public spaces) in which the attorney practices and observe them while trying a similar case. You can even talk to courthouse personnel about an attorney to get a sense of their reputation.
- Interview Your Top Research Candidates
After your initial background search, you can start making appointments to interview your top candidates. This can be a lengthy process, but it will ensure that you get a good idea of an attorney’s demeanor an interaction with you. After all, you will be working together for a substantial amount of time on your car accident lawsuit.
When you go to your interview appointments, be sure to do your part and be organized. Bring all documentation that you have compiled and a list of questions for the attorney. Your level of organization will help these meetings produce great results so you can make the most informed decision possible, and discover the right car accident lawyer for your specific case.
- Know What You Want and Communicate That to the Attorney
Another factor worth mentioning is understanding what you want from your car accident lawsuit. Chances are, you know precisely how you are injured and to what capacity. You have the best experience with your injuries and their ramifications in your life and being able to communicate this effectively to your potential attorney candidate(s) is crucial.
Pay close attention to how potential attorney candidates react to your car accident story. If an attorney makes outlandish responses to your story or about your lawsuit, that should give you a ‘red flag’ about the type of lawyer you are attempting to work with. Professional car accident attorneys will listen carefully to your case and respond diplomatically, without promises about what they believe the outcome could be.
- Consultations Free of Fees
Professional car accident lawyers typically do not charge an upfront fee for consultations. They may give you a specific amount of time to work within, but should not charge you for that time as it is a chance for both of you to interview one another. If an attorney wants to charge you a consultation fee, this might be another ‘red flag’ that the attorney may not have your best interests in mind.
- Get Clarity Around Their Services Fees
When you are at your consultation appointments, be sure to get crystal clear clarity around the attorney’s service fees. There should be no gray areas or surprises on your legal bill. Don’t be afraid to ask about what precisely they charge you for, including phone calls and even emails.
- Be Mindful of Expectations
When you are injured in a car accident, it is understandable to feel incredibly wronged, especially if you’ve been severely hurt. Your attorney should be able to give you a realistic understanding of your legal case and your chances of winning your lawsuit. This will help you manage the legal expectations of your case as you are working through the car accident lawsuit.
Oftentimes, victims of car accidents tend to be handed unrealistic expectations from attorneys who do not have their best interests in mind. This type of flawed guidance can hurt your relationship with an attorney and even do damage to your car accident lawsuit.
It is overwhelming to find the right attorney for your car accident case, but if you follow the tips listed, you will be able to act quickly to secure a lawyer that is best suited for your case. Interview plenty of candidates and ask as many questions possible until you are satisfied with the answers. Staying organized will be beneficial to the success of your car accident injury lawsuit.