It’s rare that an insurance company companies will offer a fair settlement to private parties, so it’s vital, if you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, to find a personal injury lawyer who will litigate or negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf. Here’s five tips to help you do that…
1: Go with a lawyer who’s garnered enough experience in their field
Now first impressions are important, but there’s another thing you should consider, and that’s age. If a lawyer talks the talk but it fairly young, chances are that they’re fairly wet behind the ears. It goes without saying, of course, that younger lawyers have less experience – and that experience can be the difference between you losing or winning your case.
2: Stay local
Find a local lawyer, because the geography simply means that they’re more accountable to you, and if you need to get hold of them, you can always get down to their office easily. Also, you can go on local recommendations, if needs be – lawyers care about their reputation with local communities.
3: Always meet with all your potential choices
Before you make a final decision and commit to one lawyer, ensure that you meet several. If you were going to hire an architect to build your home for you, would you just go with the first one you found without meeting them first and looking at their previous work? No.
Your potential personal injury lawyer should be upfront with you and tell you outright whether or not they think you have a strong case, how long they would expect it to run, and what they expect the outcome would be.
4: Only consider attorneys who specialise in personal injury law
Would you go to a gynaecologist if you were having stomach problems? No. Don’t go with someone who’s essentially a jack of all trades; you want a master of one – personal injury law. If you’re filing a compensation claim for medical negligence, for example, medicalsolicitors.co.ukare well versed in the letter of medical law and will have experience in similar cases, so you should go for someone in this field.
5: Choose a lawyer you like
Likeability is a big thing, because it goes hand in hand with trust, and you need trust to make any relationship work. If you don’t like your lawyer, or you get the feeling that they don’t like you back, the bad feeling could well hamper your case, because you’re less likely to feel inclined to help one another out.
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This post is brought to you my Michael Johnson a leading medical expert who specialises in accident at work claims for first4lawyers.com