If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone’s negligence, then your next step may be to look for a personal injury lawyer. Finding a personal injury lawyer can be an overwhelming and intimidating process for many people, particularly when they have never done it before. Many people do not know what to look for in a lawyer or how they can best serve their own interests.
How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Here are eight steps to take to help you choose the right personal injury lawyer for your needs:
1. Identify the Right Lawyer:
Lawyers and law firms deal with a wide variety of cases. You need to find a lawyer that deals specifically with personal injury, as they can best handle your case. As well, personal injury lawyers sometimes specialize in certain cases or areas, so look for a lawyer that specifically handles or has prior experience with your type of injury.
2. Get a Referral:
One of the most common ways to find a personal injury lawyer is through referrals from friends. Speak with someone who has used a personal injury lawyer in the past and find out who they can recommend.
3. Ensure Proper Accreditation:
Any lawyer you use should have the proper accreditation and education for their position. As well, they should be regulated by an external organization. Look online for complaints or call the law society to inquire into your lawyer’s standing.
4. Have a Free Consultation:
Choose a lawyer that offers a free personal consultation. You should not have to pay to have a lawyer go over your case and determine if they are a right fit for you. Free consultations offer a perfect opportunity to both go over the merits of your case and to evaluate whether the lawyer is right for your case.
5. Be Aware of Red Flags:
When speaking to a lawyer during a free consultation, keep your eye out for any red flags or bad signs. Your personal injury lawyer should be open to answering your questions and explaining things you may not understand. They should also seem professional. If they are rude, disorganized, or pushy, then take your case elsewhere. As well, be wary of any extravagant claims.
6. Ask Questions:
Consultations are an opportunity for you to ask questions before you commit to a lawyer. Find out whether they can commit to your case, how you will communicate, and how they can best serve your needs. As well, ask questions concerning specifics of your case, such as what you can expect during the legal process.
7. Follow Your Gut:
As you will be working closely with your lawyer and as you will be dependent on them, choose a personal injury lawyer that you personally feel comfortable with. You should be able to raise any concerns or questions to your lawyer comfortably, and you should also be assured that they will represent your interests.
8. Choose a Local Personal Injury Law Firm:
Local personal injury law firms are better able to deliver service that is specific to your case and your needs. They will also have experience dealing with similar cases in your area.
Taverniti | Vashishth LLP handles personal injury claims ranging from car and road accidents, slips and falls, and catastrophic claims. We are equipped to handle the most complex legal and insurance issues arising from your accident. To arrange a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call (905)-264-8686 or visit our web site.