How do you go about choosing the right injury lawyer for your claim? It is can be overwhelming at the best of times, and likely much more difficult when dealing with the stress associated with many personal injury claims.
In this post, we will cover many of the important considerations that personal injury claimants should consider when deciding whether or not to hire a lawyer and which lawyer to pick.
Get Lawyer Recommendations:
If your friends, co-workers or family members have had a personal injury claim before, find out what their experience was like with their lawyer and if they would recommend them. If you have worked with a lawyer on another matter and enjoyed working with them, it is a good idea to contact them and ask if they can recommend a personal injury lawyer to you.
If you haven’t worked with a personal injury lawyer before, you may want to turn to where trusted reviews can be found. The largest collection of reviews by real clients are found on google. If people have had negative experiences with the lawyer there will often be negative reviews online. Similarly, if people have had positive experiences with a lawyer, there will generally be positive reviews online.
At NOVA Injury Law, we encourage potential clients considering our firm to read our reviews. We are proud of the experience we offer to clients and trust that potential clients will consider the experience of past clients when making a decision on a lawyer for their personal injury case.
Do Your Research on the Lawyer:
Once you have a few options or referrals, you should start to do some research on the lawyer and his or her firms. It is important to make sure that you are well-informed before choosing a personal injury lawyer. A good lawyer shouldn’t mind giving you some information about their background and experience. Some good questions to ask are:
- What is your educational and professional background?
- Do you practice 100% personal injury law?
- Do you have medical experts on your team to review files?
- Will you be personally handling the case, or will it be passed on to other legal practitioners or support staff?
- What are some results you have obtained for cases similar to mine?
It is also a good idea to make sure the lawyer is in good standing with their local bar association. If you wish to verify the status of a lawyer, you can do so by visiting the Nova Scotia Barrister’s Society.
It is also a good idea to research lawyers using online reviews. Reviews can help you to get an idea of the lawyer’s reputation and skill. Online searches can also be helpful to determine if the lawyer works at a firm dedicated to personal injury or if the firm practices in a variety of areas.
Consider the Lawyer’s Experience
There are many different types of personal injuries. Some lawyers only dabble in the area of personal injury while others dedicate 100% of their practice to injury claims. When choosing a personal injury lawyer, make sure that they have experience dealing with cases that had the same type and severity of the injury that you suffered.
It is also important to learn about the lawyer’s process for cases. The lawyer should be able to explain how they go about their work and what steps they envision for your case. You can learn more about NOVA Injury Law’s approach to personal injury claims here.
How are legal fees paid?
Another important aspect to consider when hiring a personal injury lawyer is how they charge for their service. Lawyers typically charge on an hourly basis, but this can quickly add up. However, many personal injury lawyers take cases on a contingent fee basis.
A contingency fee arrangement means that you will only pay the lawyer and the law firm if they settle your case or win in court. Most lawyers charge between 30-40% in contingency fees. Some law firms charge graduated fees, which means that as your lawsuit goes on, the fee increases.
A lawyer or law firm with a contingency fee can be a good option if you are concerned about the cost of hiring a lawyer, but make sure that you feel comfortable with the contingency agreement before you hire a lawyer or law firm.
Who pays for expenses?
It is also essential to determine who will pay the costs of running the claim. Law firms often refer to the costs that are associated with pursuing a legal claim as disbursements. Disbursements in a personal injury claim can range from hundreds of dollars to tens-of-thousands of dollars. These costs can include filing documents at the court or hiring expert witnesses on your behalf. It is crucial to find out if you will have to pay these costs, or if the law firm will pay them on your behalf until the case is settled or won. If the law firm is the one who will pay for these costs up front, it is important to know when and how these costs are to be paid back to the law firm and if they will be charging interest on that amount.
Make Sure You Feel Comfortable with the Lawyer
It is important to make sure that you are well-informed before choosing a law firm for your personal injury case. At the end of the day, it is more important that you have a good personal injury lawyer than what law firm that lawyer works for.
It is important that you feel confident in your lawyer’s ability to effectively represent you and your personal injury claim. You should be comfortable contacting your lawyer and the law firm and discussing your case with them.
Most law firms provide a free initial consultation. A consultation is a good option to utilize so that you can get an impression of the law firms’ quality and atmosphere, as well as the lawyer’s professionalism and demeanour. Having an initial consultation does not mean that you are obliged to hire that lawyer or law firm. Take the time you need to find a lawyer and law firm that you feel confident about hiring.
Is Jeff Mitchell the right lawyer for your personal injury claim?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is an important decision to make during a stressful time. We want to make it easy for you.
Jeff Mitchell is the Principal Lawyer and Founder of NOVA injury Law. Jeff has dedicated his practice to the area of personal injury, accident, and disability benefits law. He founded NOVA Injury Law to help injury victims after an injury, be it a car accident, slip and fall, or any other kind of serious injury.
Jeff offers free consultation for all type of personal injury claims. He offers competitive contingency fee agreements. Contact 1.800.262.8104 or [email protected] to arrange for a free case review today with Jeff today.