Tips to Help You Hire the Best Personal Injury Lawyer
When it comes to hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you or a loved one, you need to consider several factors. Not all injury claims are the same, and not all attorneys are the right fit for your particular situation.
To get started, consider the following tips to help you hire the best personal injury lawyer.
Identify What You Need
No two personal injury cases are identical, but their causes might be similar. For instance, injuries can occur in slip and falls, car accidents, or negligent workplaces. Seek out legal representation that has a specialty in those types of cases.
In some instances, you may need a personal injury attorney who specializes in more than one area, like medical malpractice and product liability.
Another identifier to consider is the type of injury sustained. Did you suffer an injury to the spinal cord? If so, you may need an accident attorney with a specialization in this type of injury who can understand the long-term financial and emotional consequences of spinal cord damage.
Research Your Options
Once you identify the type of accident and injury, you can narrow down your search. Seek out recommendations from family and friends. Conduct your research online, review law firm websites, or look for recommendations such as those provided by the State Bar of Michigan.
Make a list of at least three law firms for more in-depth research. Review the backgrounds and standing of each attorney within the firm.
Also, look for additional experience. Eileen Kroll, a senior partner with Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., is a registered nurse and a personal injury attorney. She brings her medical knowledge to every personal injury case, which gives her a unique advantage over other attorneys.
Schedule Three Initial Consultations
Most, if not all, law firms offer a free consultation to review your case and provide initial feedback. This is an important opportunity to learn about your legal options and get a feel for the attorney or law firm.
Bring a set of questions with you to ask each firm. These questions can include how long the lawyer has been practicing personal injury law and any specialties. You may also want to ask how you will communicate with the attorney regarding your case, and the anticipated turnaround time for a response.
Review Past Case Results
Past case results are a good indicator of the success a law firm has arguing personal injury cases. These results can show you what to expect from your attorney when they negotiate your claim with insurance companies, or if they need to argue your case in front of a jury.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., we have a long history of winning fair settlements for our clients. You can view many of our verdicts online, and we can give you more information about similar cases to yours at your consultation.
Understand Fee Structure
To avoid shocking surprises later on down the road, take the time to understand the lawyer’s fee structure. Law firms often work on a contingency fee, receiving a certain percentage of any compensation won in a settlement or at trial.
At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C., we work on a contingency fee schedule. We don’t get paid unless you win your case.
In the end, you’ll need to find the right personal injury attorney who has the expertise you need, and with whom you feel the most comfortable handling your case.
Contact Our Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Hiring an attorney for your personal injury claim doesn’t have to be difficult. We can help. If you are looking for quality legal representation in Michigan, get to know our attorneys here at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. Schedule a free consultation by calling (866) 642-4529 today.