If you have been injured in personal injury accident, then sorting through the internet or other sources to find the personal injury law firms that may be worth investigating is an essential task.
Depending on whether you live in an urban area or not, there are undoubtedly scores of personal injury law firms advertising their services. Printed yellow pages may becoming antedated, but most personal injury law firms continue to advertise there as well as online.
Yellow Pages or Internet?
Two sources for finding a personal injury lawyer are the yellow pages and the internet. Most if not all personal injury law firms advertise on both mediums since the competition for securing your particular injury claim is fierce. Although law firms and attorneys are not permitted to directly solicit you, they use the internet and yellow pages because many people use these sources.
Are personal injury law firms that offer lavish ads in print or online the best firms? It depends on the individual attorney representing you. Some of these firms also advertise on television and/or radio, but this gives you no indication of their competency or professionalism or that they are experienced in your type of case; only that they have large budgets devoted to getting as many cases as possible.
Referrals from friends or family who have had serious injury cases and received a satisfactory result is often the best recommendation for an attorney. They can tell you if their attorney was focused on your case, showed sincere interest in your injuries and concerns, and promptly returned your phone calls. An attorney who ignores you or gives repeated excuses for not getting back to you is probably more interested in other matters.
Another good source is asking your own attorney if you used one for some other matter. It is usually in their best interest to refer you to a competent attorney, otherwise you may not trust their judgment in using them again or in referring people to them if the attorney turns out to be less than professional.
If your injury is minor, then probably any reasonably competent attorney could easily handle it. But if you have more serious injuries or are having difficulties with medical issues, insurance, liability, or other concerns, it is best to research the personal injury law firms in your area to find one that is best for your case.
Some states have certified specialists in certain areas like real estate and trusts and estates. Your state may or may not have a certification for personal injury law, which means the attorney passed a written, comprehensive exam that tested their knowledge in this area. Again, this is no guarantee this attorney is best for you.
Once you have the names of several potential lawyers, you should consult the lawyer directory called Martindale-Hubbell. This is a book that is also online that offers background information, including schools attended, employment, ratings, and the legal specialties of most attorneys admitted to practice in every jurisdiction.
Meet the Attorney
The most important factor in sorting out the different personal injury law firms is to meet the attorney in person at their office. You can assess the organization and professionalism of the office and its support staff by seeing if files are laying around, the furniture is old, and if the staff is friendly and sincere.
The same is true of the attorney once you meet him or her. Being prepared with the appropriate questions ahead of time, determining if the attorney is sincerely interested in your case and that you are comfortable with him or her along with their trial experience with cases similar to yours,are probably the best indicators of a successful relationship.