So you think that you might have found a lawyer who can help you with your personal injury case, but you aren’t 100% sold yet. How can you make sure that the lawyer you pick is up to the job and will work tirelessly and fairly for you? There are a few basic things you can do before contacting a personal injury lawyer that will save you a lot of time and energy. With the internet at your disposal, you can review a personal injury lawyer’s credentials in less than 60 seconds. Below we will explain how to do this, and what you should be looking for.
The first thing that you want to do in order to screen a potential personal injury lawyer is to review his or her website. You should be able to find most of the information that you need about the lawyer from his/her site alone. If for some reason you can’t find a website, or the site is ambiguous about the lawyer’s past, this should raise some red flags. The last thing that you want is to have someone who is not forthcoming and honest representing you in any way.
Assuming you have done a basic overview of their website, and at first glance everything checks out, you will want to move on and look for the following basic information. Take a look at the personal injury lawyer’s biographical information, including where they went to school, credentials, and associations. Bar leadership and teaching experience will also give you good insight into whom you would be dealing with. This will tell you where the personal injury lawyer comes from and what they have been up to.
For a credentials check, you also want to make sure that the personal injury lawyer has the right experience. Most importantly, you want to know that the lawyer has successfully worked on cases that are similar to yours. Look for any information that can tell you what they have done before, years of experience in that subject, and their win/loss ratio.
If you have trouble finding this information online, you can always contact the lawyer’s office. Be prepared to ask their staff important questions until you feel that you have the information that you require. Choosing a personal injury lawyer is tough work, but by doing a 60 second credentials check, you can save yourself the hassle of contacting someone who is not qualified to handle your case.