Often when you think about going shopping, something like a bustling mall will come to mind. Most of us tend to enjoy looking for the next opportunity to treat ourselves with a new outfit, laptop or video game. It doesn’t really matter if what you like, if you enjoy something, shopping for that sort of thing is going to be fun!
Shopping for a personal injury lawyer however is generally not a good time. Really any time you need a lawyer you are experiencing stress in your life. Being injured in an accident when someone else is at fault is not the sort of situation that most of us want to be in. An injury causing accident can tend to turn your entire life upside down, and depending on the seriousness of your injuries, could change your life forever.
So, when that time comes, and you are looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you in your injury claim, we have put together some tips to assist you. Here at Justice Law Center, we are more than just a law firm. We are an information resource that the people of Winnemucca, and all over Nevada can use for their legal issues.
Where You can Find Injury Lawyers
Years ago, lawyers could not even advertise. It wasn’t until 1977 that the Supreme Court ruled that lawyer advertising was commercial speech that was protected under the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Nowadays, all you need to do is take a drive down the highway, and you will be able to see at least a handful of billboards advertising personal injury attorney services.
If you are looking for just “a” injury lawyer, you can just pick the nicest billboard you see and you can get a consultation. The majority or personal injury lawyers will not charge you for a consultation. However, if you are looking for an experienced and talented injury attorney, you will have to be a bit more selective.
When looking for the right attorney for you, the internet is always a good place to start. On Google, you can see the reviews of each attorney listed when you do your search and read about other people’s experience with each lawyer listed before you even make a phone call.
Another excellent way to find the right attorney, is to ask your friends and family for referrals. While chances are you won’t know someone who has hired a personal injury attorney in the past, many lawyers practice multiple areas of law, so chances are if your uncle had a good experience with a lawyer during a divorce, it may be worth a call to see if that attorney practices personal injury law as well.
How to Spot a Bad Personal Injury Attorney
Now that we have gone over some of the best ways to find an injury lawyer, it is important to know some tips on how to spot a bad lawyer. Just as in any profession, there are some bad apples in the law industry. Over times attorneys can become lackadaisical in their practice and begin to lose their empathy for their clients. Then there are the lawyers who just skated by in law school, and are only practicing to make money, and do not care about their clients well being at all.
The best way to spot a bad apple is if you sit down with a lawyer, and before they even get any information about your particular case and situation, they promise you that they will win your case. In this business there are no guarantees. Any lawyer worth their salt have had cases where they thought victory was assured and have lost. You can have all the facts and the law on your side and still lose in court. It shouldn’t be their way, and most often it is not this way, but that isn’t to say that justice always prevails in the court of law. After speaking with you at length, a good lawyer will give their opinion on your chance of winning but beware one that promises you victory.
How to Tell the Lawyer is Right for You
After you have selected a personal injury lawyer to have a consultation with, one of the first questions you should ask is how much experience they have practicing injury law. There are family law attorneys that do personal injury cases, and there are personal injury lawyers who do family law. Hiring an attorney that specialized in personal injury would be a better choice than hiring a lawyer that only dabbles in personal injury.
If the attorney that you are talking to consistently pressures you into paying their retainer, then you may want to be wary. The initial consultation is supposed to be a meet and greet where you can give the lawyer some information about your case, and they can give you some free legal advice. If the main focus of the conversation is about you paying their retainer, and not about your case, that lawyer may not be right for you.
Most importantly, if your lawyer is sympathetic to your specific need in your case, and makes you feel at ease, chances are that injury attorney is right for you. Hiring a lawyer that relates to your needs is one of the most important aspects of whether the attorney is “right” for you.