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How To Find and Evaluate A Personal Injury Lawyer

attorney search ideasWhen you feel that you may have a personal injury case and you require the professional assistance of a top Marietta personal injury lawyer, you may quickly find yourself overwhelmed by the number of lawyers whose services are available to you.  They all claim to be the person who is best capable of ensuring that you receive the compensation that you deserve.  How do you know which one is truly the right one?

It can be a daunting process, but when you break it down into more achievable steps, you can make the search considerably easier. Make sure that you take these steps carefully, as only 48 percent of the nearly 99,000 annual personal injury cases are won by the plaintiff.  The odds are much more in your favor when you are being properly represented.

There are many ways to find a good Marietta personal injury lawyer.  They can include everything from asking for a referral from a friend or family member, looking on an online attorney directory, or even calling the State Bar’s lawyer referral service.  No matter where you look, there is no single magical way to identify the best lawyer for your case.  However, with a little bit of careful evaluation, you can give yourself a much better chance.

Places To Locate A Good Attorney

Some of the best places to help you to find a great personal injury lawyer include the following:

A referral from an attorney with whom you already do business and whom you trust.

  • A referral from friends or family members who have hired a personal injury lawyer whom they liked.
  • Membership organizations and referral services.  These can include state bar organizations, which often offer referral services, but they can also include specialty organizations, such as the American Association for Justice (AAJ) which has an online directory of their members.
  • Online lawyer directories.  Though many claim to list only the best attorneys and have a tough screening process, there is no way to tell whether or not this is true, so this should be seen as a way to find a contact, not a recommendation for a good lawyer.
  • Advertising.  Several personal injury lawyers advertise on television and radio, and in the Yellow Pages.  Though these can be ways to locate an attorney, it is a very good idea to arrange for a consultation to get a feel for what the lawyer can do and how honest he or she is before actually signing anything.  This is often considered a method of last resort.

 

Tips For Evaluating An Injury Lawyer

the perfect attorneyOnce you have found a few candidates, it is up to you to evaluate them to determine if they are the right people to represent you.  Now it’s time to do a little investigating.  Check into the following information about the professionals you are considering:

  • The lawyer’s biographical information on the firm’s website.  Find out if it looks like he or she specializes in your type of case.
  • Whether he or she is a lawyer who represents the plaintiff.  They do not typically also provide defense representation for this same type of lawsuit.
  • Any articles that have been written by the lawyer that can be found online.  Read them and cross check the references to decide whether or not you feel comfortable with his or her perspective, angle, and strategies.
  • Major personal injury lawyers’ associations (such as the AAJ).  See if the attorney is a member.

When you’re ready to contact the Marietta personal injury lawyer you feel is best qualified to help you, begin by arranging for a consultation meeting where you can ask a number of questions about the lawyer’s experience and policies, and where you can ask questions about how your case will be handled.  This meeting does not require you to hire the lawyer.  Consider it a type of “meet and greet” or even a job interview for that attorney.  If you are satisfied with the individual, you may decide to hire him or her.  Otherwise, it is time to move on to the next lawyer on your list.