Starting the Search for an Injury Lawyer

People typically don’t look for an injury lawyer until they need one and then it’s most likely because an accident or injury has disrupted their life.

Some lawyers spend big money to advertise, spouting catchphrases and spiffy jingles on TV. Like anything else, the one making the most noise (spending the most money) isn’t necessarily the best choice.

Looking for a personal injury lawyer is like looking for any particular service. Here are some tips on finding the right personal injury lawyer for you.

Where to Start

Ask family and friends for referrals. Referrals are a great way to find an injury lawyer that someone has already worked with and can share their experiences.

Look for a personal injury lawyer in your area. They have established relationships with the local court and knew their way around the system. A personal injury law firm may advertise in your city, but their actual “headquarters” may be out of state. They have to be licensed to practice law in Arizona, but they’re not a “hometown” lawyer.

Trial Experience is Critical

Look for an attorney who specializes in the area of law specific to your needs and has significant trial experience. Personal injury lawyers typically focus on car and truck accidents, work injuries and other types of accidents. If your injuries are severe and life-changing, find a lawyer that has experience in handling catastrophic injury cases.

Check Your Local Bar Association

Check with your local chamber of commerce or state bar association. They can refer you to local attorneys that live and practice in your area.

Search online legal directories such as Avvo.com and Justia.com. Here you can find peer and client reviews for attorneys in your area.

Ask for a Free Case Evaluation

Most personal injury lawyers offer free case consultations and will take your case on a contingency basis. Benefit from the discussion and ask a lot of questions.

How Much Will This Cost Me?

Personal injury lawyers usually charge what is known as a “contingency fee.” Typically, they will take as their fee a percentage of the total settlement or recovery, providing there is one. They are motivated to get you the best possible settlement, since the more significant the settlement, the more significant their fee. Ask the attorney for details.

How We Can Help

If you’ve been injured in an accident, we offer a free case consultation. Call us to schedule your appointment.