If you have been injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault and you plan to process a compensation claim, it is important that you find the best accident lawyer for you. First of course you should ensure that you are looking for an attorney who is specialized in the particular area of personal injury law which covers your case. Beyond this however there are many qualities which you should be looking for such as a great reputation and a history of winning. The best way to find a great lawyer is to make a list of options, do some online research to refine that list, and then look to meet with 2 or 3 potential candidates.
When you sit down to talk with a lawyer about your case, here is what you should be paying attention to.
Are You Speaking With a Lawyer?
The first thing to focus on here is whether or not you are even speaking with a trained lawyer. So many firms will instead give you someone who is not yet a lawyer or worse, a receptionist to take the details of your case. If however they plan to take your case seriously then at this early stage you should be actually meeting with the lawyer who is going to be taking on your case.
Are They Listening?
Whilst everyone is going to be listening to get a vague idea of what has happened to you, we often find that some lawyers switch off when it comes to the details. This is because they will have seen a huge number of cases just like yours and their experience will give them the knowledge already, as to how things will play out. Lawyers also know that all the details will be found in police reports and any documents which you fill out, so they feel as though listening isn’t really required here. All of this may be true, but that doesn’t help the client to feel confident. It is imperative that the lawyer is being attentive and actually paying attention to what you say and how you feel.
What you should also be looking for during this kind of meeting is total transparency. This means that you should come out with a very clear idea of how much this is going to cost you, additionally you should know exactly what each step of the case could potentially look like and what exactly that lawyer is going to be doing in order to build the case. These lawyers are ultimately working for you and that is why you should be aware of exactly what they plan to do for your case.
Ultimately this comes down to trusting your gut and going with the legal team which makes you feel the most confident, the most comfortable and the most understood. This is exactly why it is so important that you have a meeting with any legal team before you eventually plan to work with one of them on your case.