The level of experience
An experienced attorney knows what to look for and how to look for it in a personal injury case. He knows the right approach to take because he has been in the field for a long time. An experienced attorney is also well–conversant with the rules and regulations governing personal injury cases in the state where you live in. To determine his level of experience, ask the attorney the number of years he has worked in personal injury law. Ask about his success rate and the number of cases he has handled so far. This way, you will determine whether the attorney has what it takes to handle your case and generate a positive outcome.
Ask for personal referrals from your friends and relatives. However, you need to check all the things that make a good personal injury lawyer before you go for referrals. The referral should be from someone who had a good experience with a personal injury lawyer. If you get a referral, do more research on it to make an informed decision.
Begin by a simple google search on the prospective lawyer. Use as many keywords as possible to enable you to get relevant results. Look at the lawyer’s website and see his areas of expertise, testimonials and years of practice. Contact bar associations to help you get extra details about the lawyer. You can also contact the state or country bar association near you for quality referrals.
Once you come up with a list of top candidates from your research, prepare some objective questions for each one of them. The questions should be able to satisfy your curiosity and quell your fears. For example, ask about the statute of limitation of the case and whether the lawyer you meet is the one that will handle the case in court. Ask about the fee structure, the duration the case will take and the lawyer’s preferred means of communication.
Making the Decision
You should make the final decision after you have scheduled interviews will all the suitable candidates. Sit down and review your encounter with each one of them. Think about how they treated you, their personalities and credentials. This is because you are most likely going to spend a lot of time with the attorney, and you need to be comfortable around him.