Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer is a crucial, but difficult, step in recovering from a personal injury. In legal terms, "personal injury" refers to any damage suffered as a result of someone else's negligence, recklessness, or intentional misconduct, and includes such areas as Automobile Accident injuries, Medical Malpractice, Defective Products, and Wrongful Death. You should always investigate multiple lawyers before making your decision. Your personal injury case is too important to settle for the first one in the phone book.
First, check out a lawyer's website. The website should be error-free, and it should be informative. A lawyer who encourages his customers to know the law is more likely to treat you with respect and therefore more likely to have your interests at heart, not just his own. The website should not be condescending or make unrealistic promises. It should affirm the lawyer's willingness to help you in realistic terms.
The website should also have biographies of all lawyers, letting you know what their specialties are and how long they've been in practice. There should be a record of past successes. The website should also have testimonials from previous clients showing that the lawyer is successful and good to work with. Make sure the lawyer has experience with your particular injury.
Second, check out the lawyer's claims by doing some investigation of your own. Look into the lawyer's case history to make sure that their record is as represented. Contact the lawyer to make sure you can talk to past clients. A good lawyer doesn't just lose track of all clients once the cases are over and will most likely have many clients prepared to come forward.
Third, talk to the lawyer. All reputable lawyers offer free consultations. Tell the lawyer the circumstances of your case and listen to his or her answers. You may get the sense that the lawyer is also evaluating you. That's good. Reputable lawyers work on a contingency basis, meaning they don't get paid until you do and won't take your case unless they feel they can win it. Be wary if a lawyer seems too eager to take your case from the very start, as they may make their money by charging clients for "expenses" in assembling shoddy cases that have no chance of success.
Also, make sure that you feel comfortable working with and talking to the lawyer. Some personal injury cases stretch on for years and their success often depends on your ability to be completely open with your lawyer.
Finally, make sure your lawyer has local ties. A lawyer who can stay in one place and continue generating clients for years must be doing something right. Also, there are many peculiarities to practicing in a particular area, the specific intersection of federal, state, and local laws that can play in to making the right case in the right court. Not to mention that lawyers form relationships with any number of expert witnesses who can investigate and testify in your case.
If you are in or around Lake County, contact the Law Offices of Thaddeus M. Bond, Jr. & Associates, P.C. today to schedule your free initial consultation.
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