Finding quality legal representation is more involved than entering “the best personal injury attorney near me” into a search engine. It takes a little time, and it takes some research. Whether you’ve been hurt in a car wreck, a slip and fall accident, or you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, this is an incredibly important decision. You’ll want to be as certain as possible that you’re making the right choice.
The personal injury attorneys at Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh have a vast amount of experience representing people who have suffered harm due to the negligence of others. We have the resources it takes to perform a detailed investigation into your case and to uncover the evidence needed to prove you deserve the compensation you’re seeking.
Research An Attorney’s Experience
The first thing you’ll want to do is to make sure the attorneys you’re considering have specific experience in your type of case. For example, if you were hurt in a construction site accident or a commercial truck accident, you want someone who has a track record of success in those areas.
Check online reviews to see what others are saying about those attorneys. And pay special attention to how they communicate with and treat their clients. If the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, or if you don’t see any reviews at all, scratch those attorneys off your list and move on.
Ask Friends and Family for Law Firm Recommendations
Do you have any close friends or members of the family in the area who have recently been involved in a personal injury case? If so, ask them about their experience with the attorney who represented them. Was the attorney available when they needed to ask questions? Did that attorney seem to have a firm grasp of the law?
The odds are very good that if someone you trust recommends an attorney, you’ll be able to choose that attorney with complete confidence. However, before you do that talk to about three attorneys so you can get a better feel for how they work. And whether or not you think they’ll be a good fit for you.
Set up Consultations with a Few Attorneys
Be very observant during your consultations, and pay close attention to the details. Does the law firm representative use a bunch of legal terms you don’t know? Does it seem that they are skipping over major details in your case? Are they trying to rush the meeting so they can move on to something else? That’s a pretty good indication of the way you’ll be treated if you became that firm’s client.
It’s a great sign if an attorney takes the time to clearly explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case. And especially so if they show patience when answering your questions. That means you can be confident that you’ll receive the personalized attention you’ll want throughout your case.
Ask The Lawyer The Right Questions
Once you schedule your consultations, you’ll want to not just ask questions, but ask the right ones. Here are a few to keep in mind.
- How long have you been an attorney?
- What percentage of your practice involves personal injury cases?
- Have you primarily represented plaintiffs or defendants in the past? (You should try to stay away from attorneys who have a lot of experience representing defendants. The reason is that they may tend to see a case from the insurance company’s point of view and not the perspective of the injury victim.)
- Will you handle my case personally, or will you send it to another attorney in your firm? (This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Less-experienced attorneys will sometimes take care of some of the routine tasks associated with a case. However, if there are going to be other attorneys involved, you’ll want to meet them as well.)
Evaluate Your Legal Options Thoroughly
So, now that you’ve done your due diligence (you’re to be congratulated for that, by the way, because not all injury victims will do this), it will be time to weigh the pros and cons of the different attorneys still on your list. You’re hopefully comfortable with the conversation you had with a specific attorney. If you feel confident in their experience and credentials, you can hire that attorney with confidence.
Choose the Attorney That Best Fits Your Needs
Remember that personality is a very important component of choosing the best personal injury attorney. Experience, as well as a track record of success in cases such as yours, are obviously crucial. But you can’t underestimate the value of working with someone who will be a good fit with your own personality.
This isn’t meant to imply that you and your attorney should suddenly become best friends. But they should be someone with whom you’ll have no problem discussing the details of your case. Some of these details could involve your medical history and other personal information. So you want to make sure you’ll feel comfortable doing so.
Contact KMW Personal Injury Attorneys ASAP to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh has a team of personal injury attorneys who are truly passionate about working for their clients’ best interests at all times. We will do everything we can to help you obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve for your injuries. When you work with us, you’ll be working with a firm that has a long record of fighting – and winning – cases that are very similar to yours.
We’ll handle all of the details so you can focus on your recovery. Our attorneys will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf in an effort to secure an equitable settlement. But we’ll also be ready to take those companies to court if they fail to make a fair offer.