Tampa’s expert personal injury, auto accident and criminal defense law firm offers advice on searching for the best personal injury attorney to handle your case.
Choosing the right attorney for your legal situation can be difficult, especially if you or a loved one have been injured. Personal injury attorneys can be a true lifeline in a crucial time of need, but making sure you make the right decision in picking a firm that can address your needs and get the job done right is key.
Below, we have listed several considerations and questions to think about before making such an important decision. Some of these questions you should ask yourself; others you should save for the potential attorney you are considering.
You’ve been injured and need the advice of an attorney. Where do you start? First, ask friends or family who live in your area what law firms they consulted. Were they pleased? Did they feel as though the attorney was invested in their case and interested in the best possible outcome for them? Did the lawyer return calls promptly and keep them updated on the progress of their case?
Once you have compiled a list of potential attorneys based on referrals or research, it’s time to narrow down your options.
Next, consider the experience of each attorney. Has the lawyer handled a case similar to yours? What is their record of success? How long have they been practicing law in your area? Before you pay an attorney to take on your case, make sure they have the experience to back up their words and promises.
Although payment isn’t enjoyable to talk about, it is important that you understand the fee agreement upfront. Will you have to pay attorney fees if your case is unsuccessful, or is the attorney paid on a contingency fee basis? Get this agreement in writing and review it closely before signing.
Never hire an attorney without meeting them face-to-face. Initial consultations should always be free – if not, find a law firm who offers consultations at no charge. During the initial meeting, pay attention to the professionalism of the attorney and their legal staff, and whether they genuinely seem interested in your case.
While personality preference shouldn’t be your primary decision maker when choosing an attorney, it is a consideration worth keeping in mind. After all, you will be spending some time with this individual and working with a lawyer you can easily get along with is helpful.
Similar to evaluating an attorney’s personality is considering their character. Does the lawyer seem friendly and honest? Can they look you in the eye? Character traits like these are also indicators of a lawyer’s negotiation skills and their ability to deal with a variety of people they may have to deal with during your case.
Does the personal injury attorney have the proper funds and resources to create the best case possible for you? Certain cases can take a long time to complete, and the success of your case may hinge on following through with a long list of tasks. Make sure the attorney you hire has enough resources available to handle your case from start to finish.
Lastly, consider the reputation of the attorney from peers and industry authorities. For instance, has the attorney you are considering had any articles published showcasing their accomplishments? What organizations and associations are they apart of? Do they have certifications?
Time to Make a Decision…
Once you have answered the questions above, you will be ready to choose an attorney. Suffering a serious injury is a life-changing event and hiring someone who can represent you properly should be high on your priority list.
If you were injured in or around Tampa, Lorenzo & Lorenzo invites you to contact us for a free consultation. With over 20 years of experience handling personal injury and auto accident cases in Florida, our attorneys have the expertise and resources necessary to get you the best possible outcome. We handle each case on a contingency fee basis – meaning you pay attorney fees and costs only after we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you. Our friendly legal team is fluent in Spanish and available 24/7 to answer your questions and offer expert advice.
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