How to Pick a Personal Injury Attorney
Selecting the right lawyer for your case can be a daunting task. After all, the amount of money you receive depends on the ability of your attorney to effectively negotiate and fight on your behalf. This requires placing a vast amount of trust in the hands of your attorney, so choosing which one may make or break your case.
Jump on the internet or watch daytime television, and you’ll see thousands of potential law firms. It can be overwhelming, since these advertisements may not tell you what you really need to know about these professionals. You may recognize some attorneys from their many television ads and billboards, but many great lawyers choose not to advertise this way at all. Some legal experts may work out of a glossy office located on the top floor of a city building, others out of a much smaller and more family-style space.
Different lawyers specialize in different types of accidents, as well. Were you injured in a car crash? There are Dallas car accident attorneys with specific knowledge on how to win crash-related cases. Did you experience a slip, trip, and fall on someone else’s property? With the rise of Airbnb and other rental options, many premises liability attorneys now know how to win compensation for their clients in cases involving rented property. As for semi-truck accidents, that’s a whole other beast, with aggressive trucking companies and strong-arm insurers willing to do anything necessary – even hide evidence and intimidate victims – to protect themselves. You need an experienced and tough Dallas truck accident lawyer for that one.
However, there a few general tips that will help you pick.
The Power of Networking
While the ad campaigns put out by law firms may indicate the types of cases they specialize in, this type of marketing may give you only a limited view of how each lawyer operates. It is important to remember that marketing is aimed to present the attorney in the best possible light, making it important to refer to other sources.
If you recently hired a divorce lawyer while going through a separation, for example, she may have a good referral for a personal injury lawyer. Your friends or family may have hired a personal injury lawyer who got them good results. And of course, nowadays, we have the word of the people: past client testimonials. By looking at a wide range of sources, you can get an unbiased opinion as to which law firm would be the best when it comes to representing your case.
In addition to checking out the official website of each lawyer, you can check third-party sources like Avvo and Google My Business. You can see online reviews, look up their success rate in past personal injury cases, and read other law-related websites offering an unbiased opinion each attorney.
Some details to consider:
- How much experience does the lawyer have working with your type of case? How long have they been in practice?
- Does the lawyer have a background working with the insurance company or insurance adjuster involved with your case?
- Has the lawyer spent more time representing plaintiffs (claimants such as yourself) or defendants (insurance companies and other types of business)?
- How much of the lawyer’s practice involves personal injury cases? If it is a particularly small percentage of cases, it is most likely not the law firm for you.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we only take on cases in which the victim has been severely injured. We believe that these are the victims who are truly in need of legal representation. As such, we only take a select number of cases, to better serve our clients. And unlike other attorneys, we share every detail of the case status and are completely upfront with our clients.
Meet with a Compassionate Dallas Attorney
Most attorneys offer a free consultation over the phone, which can be helpful when getting a first impression of how they will approach your case. If the phone call seems like a promising start, it is then time to meet with the attorney face to face. Few personal injury attorneys charge for initial in-person interviews.
By meeting in person with a potential attorney, you can get a better understanding as to whether they would be a good fit for your specific case. Ensuring that the attorney listens to your concerns, is open to questions, and takes your thoughts seriously are all very important in making your decision.
Some attorneys will take over a hundred clients at a time, leaving little room for the care and attention each case requires. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we only take about forty cases at a time for the entire team. By keeping the number of cases low, we are able to give you and your case the attention you both deserve.
An Important Decision
It is only advisable to hire an attorney after you have done the research and established a line of communication. If you are looking for a trustworthy and highly skilled attorney, the Dallas personal injury lawyers at the Lenahan Law Firm are here to assist you with your case. We have the experience and consistent record of success needed to represent you throughout this trying process. Our attorneys have successfully handled car crashes, semi-truck accidents, dog bites, and much, much more. Call our office today at (214) 295-1008 to receive a free consultation.