Whether you’re dealing with a serious injury or have been injured in a car accident, it can be important to choose the right attorney to represent you.
Find at least three potential lawyers and ask them basic questions about their practice and how they handle cases like yours.
It’s important to find attorneys who feel comfortable in your presence and who you can trust. If one of your friends or family members suggests a lawyer they know, don’t immediately book time with that attorney just yet. Instead, take a few days (or weeks) to visit each candidate and better understand what their practice is like and whether you would be a good fit. You definitely want to choose an attorney whose personality you connect with and who likes taking cases similar to yours.
A personal injury claim is different from most other claims you may bring against someone else.
While you can sue for any kind of injury, personal injuries aren’t as simple as saying “someone did this to me.” In fact, your attorney must prove that the person who injured you acted with reckless disregard for your rights or their own safety. This means they had knowledge of an obvious danger—in this case, that loading hay could cause a barn fire.
Your lawyer will help you understand your rights and options as well as how to prepare a case for trial.
An experienced injury lawyer can guide you through an often complex process, whether you’re suing or being sued. A professional attorney is trained to be aware of defenses against your claim and can highlight information in your client file that may indicate your liability policy limits are low and could influence your case.
You need an attorney who is experienced at handling personal injury cases and who works with clients just like you.
When it comes to your financial situation, you want someone who has experience working with insurance companies and navigating claims processes. You also want to work with an attorney who understands what legal hurdles stand in your way as a victim and can help you plan how to overcome them.
Your case may also involve a medical malpractice lawsuit, which involves allegations that a doctor acted improperly during a patient’s treatment.
When you meet with an attorney, they will determine whether your case is appropriate for filing in civil court or taken to criminal court. In some cases, another party acts inappropriately as well as someone else. A lawyer should understand these different factors and be able to tell you if your situation falls into the category of medical negligence or wrongdoing by more than one person.