Hiring a personal injury lawyer is one of the most important moves you will ever make. If you make the right decision, you may recover enough settlement to pay for your critical injuries or losses. However, securing a settlement that you deserve is not an easy one as insurance companies and employers will fight you the whole way.
It is important that you understand that it is the job of the insurance companies to protect their assets. In other words, they deny claims whenever they can and are NOT looking out for you. Adding insult to injury, the insurance companies will often protect their clients by attacking you to establish a case for not paying the claim. If you have been wronged by the negligence of another, it is important to have someone on your side fighting for you like a personal injury attorney.
Also, not every attorney will be the best choice and that is why we want you to know the 5 most common mistakes people make when hiring a personal injury attorney.
1. Not Discussing Fees in Advance
Sometimes people wait until the case has progressed quite a bit to discuss fees and are hit with high upfront costs that they did not expect. Instead of leaving this important detail for a later time, do your research in advance so you will know the typical rate of an experienced attorney. For example at The Rasansky Law Firm, we don’t charge any fees until we have reached a settlement on your behalf. That’s a risk we are willing to take to make sure that you receive fair representation.
2. Not Discussing Current Caseload
Some injury law firms will represent clients, even though they do not have adequate time to devote to their personal injury accident cases. Another common option for overwhelmed firms is the let their administrative staff handle the bulk of the case instead of having their lawyer take the lead. Make sure to ask if your personal injury law firm has enough time to handle your case.
3. Choosing an Attorney on Referral Only
It’s easy to make the mistake of trusting the referrals of friends rather than researching the attorney on your own. Your friend or relative may have had a completely different type of case, and the same lawyer recommended may not be qualified for your specific situation. Make sure to do your own research as well as depend on the recommendations of friends and family.
4. Hiring the First Attorney That Responds
Never assume that only one attorney will be interested in taking your case. Chances are, if one attorney is interested in representing you, you could also have interest from other firms. Making an educated choice is important.
5. Hiring a Lawyer That is Not an Expert in Your Case Type
If your lawyer has never worked on a medical malpractice case then it would be unwise of you to hire them to represent you if that is the type of case that you have.
Again, we hear from clients all the time that they wish they would have known these things before entering into a relationship with a law firm that did not represent them well. Hopefully, this article will help give you the information that you will need to make an informed decision.
If you think you have a case that needs the advice of a trusted legal advisor like the Rasansky Law Firm, please fill out our free case evaluation form and we will get started working for you.