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How To Choose A Personal Injury Attorney

Mar 21, 2008
Nobody ever thinks about it until it happens to them; an accident, whether automobile, work related or medical, can leave you debilitated and in pain for months, even years. Medical bills, prescriptions, and loss of income can cost you a lot more than just your sanity; it can cost you your job and even your home.

When you have been injured, whether it is an accident or medical malpractice, it is very important to seek legal advice for many different reasons. The greatest reason being that you need to know your rights and protect yourself and your property.

Personal injury attorneys are trained to deal with personal injury only; they do not take any other type of case. What many people do not know is that the majority of personal injury cases never make it to court, and this is because personal injury attorneys are more familiar with the laws and are more likely to negotiate a larger settlement for you out of court. In fact, more cases are settled in conference rooms than in courtrooms.

When you first decide to consult an attorney, it is more than just going through the phone directory and choosing one. There are many factor involved in this decision that will take a lot of thought and consideration.

There are several different types of attorneys and you need to find one that is best suited for your case. You do not want to go through the whole process and end up with a small settlement or no settlement at all.

Check on the reputation of the attorney that you are considering, and do not choose the first one that comes along. By making a call to your local better business bureau or the state bar association, you will be able to find out all you need to know about an attorney to make an informed decision.

Think of hiring a personal injury attorney as an employment interview. Ask as many questions as you can think of and gauge the response of the attorney. You may interview as many as ten attorneys before you find the one to hire, however this process is necessary in order to find the right attorney for you.

Observe the body language of the attorney. If forthright, he or she will look you in the eye when speaking to you. Avoid the one's that look at your nose or shift positions too often.

As with any interview process, ask for references by doing this, you can decide if the attorney is true to what he or she has told you in the interview.

Making sure that the attorney has won more cases then he or she has lost will give you confidence in knowing that he or she is competent to handle your case.

It is important that you find a personal injury attorney that will take you case on contingency. This means that you will not have to pay any up front fees. All fees will be deducted from your settlement; this includes all attorney fees.

Usually a contingency attorney will charge one third of the settlement for his or her fees. An added benefit to a contingency attorney is that if you do not receive a settlement, he or she does not get paid. This make them work harder for you.

If you are still unsure of who to choose for a personal injury attorney, ask family and friends if they have any recommendations. Usually someone will know of a good attorney for you to check out.

Finding a good personal injury is not a difficult process, however can be time consuming. If you find yourself in need of a personal injury attorney, it is crucial that you start your search as soon as possible.
About the Author
Peter Geisheker is the CEO of The Geisheker Group marketing company. Peter provides marketing services for law firms, including Louisiana personal injury lawyers.
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