Hiring the right lawyer for your case may be one of the most important decisions you ever make--choosing the right lawyer can make or break your case. So why then do injury victims spend almost no time trying to find the best lawyer for their case?
Just like buying a used car or washing machine, there are tried and proven ways to find the right lawyer for your case. And no, this does not include closing your eyes and picking the first lawyer who happens to show up in the yellow pages, on TV or on a billboard. You’re smarter than that—you know that finding the right lawyer isn’t easy and will take time, and you know this is the most important thing you will do.
The Best Place to Start: Referrals from your Friends
The best place to start is by asking your friends who’ve hired an injury lawyer—chances are you know a couple of friends who’ve had an injury case. Ask your friend for five minutes to chat about their lawyer. You should ask your friend a few simple questions about their lawyer:
- Did your lawyer do what he said he was going to do?
- Was your lawyer honest with you?
- Did your lawyer keep you informed about your case?
- Did you get the result from your case that you expected?
If your friend raves about his lawyer, you should add this lawyer to your list of lawyers who you want to interview—that’s right you should interview more than one lawyer before you make your decision. But if your friend’s review of the lawyer is just so-so, cross this lawyer off your list and keep looking.
Get the Inside Scoop About Your Lawyer
Once you’ve got a list of three or four lawyers, you should check out their websites to see if their law practice focuses on your type of case. If you’ve got a medical malpractice case, does the lawyer limit his practice to malpractice or does he handle other types of law, like criminal defense? You want a lawyer who focuses all of his time on the type of case you have.
Ask your lawyer: “How many cases like mine have you handled? Are you currently handling cases like mine? Remember, you don’t want to hire a brain surgeon to operate on your heart.
Trust Your Gut About Your Lawyer
And most importantly, trust your instincts and make sure you have a good feeling about your lawyer. Is your gut telling you this is the right lawyer for your case? Do you feel you can trust him? Chances are your gut feeling about the lawyer is going to be right, so trust your instincts.