Hiring a personal injury attorney is not too much different than hiring an employee. Gather names of candidates, narrow down the list, and meet with the candidates. The differences are that you will have to find the attorney names and be well prepared for the initial consultation.
Gather Names of Potential Personal Injury Attorney to Hire
To hire a personal injury lawyer for your case, your first step is to gather names of potential candidates. There are multiple places to find names. You have probably already searched Google and found some names in the results and on various sites. Feel free to write down any names that stuck out and keep searching. There are websites for individual law firms and websites that serve as attorney directories. Our firm’s website, ccplawyers.com, is an example of a website maintained by a law firm. An example of a directory website is www.licensedlawyer.org. LicensedLawyer is maintained by the Utah State Bar, is neutral, and can give you a more balanced approach to searching for an attorney.
Narrow Down the List
Research the attorneys on your list of candidates. See what they have to say about themselves on their website. Not all personal injury attorneys handle the same type of personal injury cases. For example, car accident cases differ from industrial accident cases. So, make sure any prospective candidates claim they handle your type of case. You will then want to reach out to some of them and schedule appointments for a consultation. Ensure ahead of time that the consultation will be free. If it is not, you should probably try meeting with other attorneys first.
Meet with Potential Candidates
It is ideal to meet with an attorney before hiring him or her to handle your case. Whether an attorney knows how to handle your type of case is only the starting point. You will want to check to see if the attorney interacts well with you and get a feel for whether you are comfortable trusting your case to the attorney. You will also want to have a chance to meet with the attorney’s staff and other attorneys in the firm who will provide support for your case.
Be Well Prepared for Your Consultation
Anytime you go to a consultation with an attorney, he or she will want to impress you and convince you to hire them. But, in the personal injury arena, the sword cuts both ways. Personal injury attorneys, particularly the kind working on contingency, want good cases and good clients. They want to know that if they take your case, they will have your full cooperation. They want to know whether your case is the type they want to handle. Show up to your consultation with documents about your personal injury, your medical expenses, and your other damages. If you have police reports or insurance documents, bring those along. Ensure that you can explain everything clearly and concisely. This will help the attorney, and it will help you make the most of your attorney search and your overall case.