How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Lawyer
Many people get injured in accidents across New South Wales every day, whether in a motor vehicle crash, at work, or even in a public place. If you are one of these many people, you can find yourself injured, missing work, losing wages, and facing the long and arduous process of filing an injury compensation claim. This can be a difficult and sometimes frightening situation. Luckily, there are many great personal injury lawyers who can help guide you through the difficulties of insurance claims. But how do you know which lawyer is best for your unique situation? Here we go over some of the best advice for finding your personal injury lawyer.
Do Your Research
First and foremost, you’ll want to do some research on your own. Simply typing a few key terms into your search engine can help you narrow down your options. A little preliminary research about the firms or lawyers you are looking at can help you get a general idea of their level of experience, the types of cases they are familiar with, their price scale, and whether they have a good reputation in the community.
Moreover, a little preparation ahead of time can help you decide whether heading to a big firm is right for you, or if you’d rather enjoy the small firm experience. Just as every person is unique, so too are the needs of different cases. The most important thing is you make the choice that makes you most comfortable and suits your needs.
Do You Feel Comfortable with them?
Personal Injury cases often deal with sensitive situations regarding your pain and suffering, medical conditions, and financial struggles. Therefore it is extremely important that you meet or speak with your potential lawyer ahead of time so you can establish that you feel comfortable talking with them. They should be able to set you at ease while still maintaining a calm and professional demeanor. Having a good connection to your lawyer will help you talk candidly about your situation in the long run.
Do They Have Specialized Training for Your Specific Claim?
Depending on the type of personal injury claim you are filing, there are different laws, regulations, and time constraints. Consequently, the lawyer you choose should be well suited to represent you and your individual needs in the applicable field of law. You should decide whether you want your lawyer to have special training or a license in that field.
Were they an Active Listener and Good Communicator?
The best lawyers do more listening than talking, but you don’t want to be sitting across from a statue while explaining your situation. They should be engaging with you, asking you questions about the case, and showing genuine interest in providing aid.
Additionally, lawyers are notorious for speaking in ‘legalese’, a confusing jargon-riddled with complicated law terms and roundabout phrasing. However, a good lawyer should be a fantastic communicator. You want to be able to interact effectively and that requires mutual understanding.
Will they be Personally Handling Your Case?
If you decide to go to a firm rather than a private lawyer, you should ask them whether they will be the one handling your case personally, of if they plan to hand it to someone else (or even a team of others). If they will be personally taking care of you, find out whether you will be able to reach them easily in regards to your case. If they plan on passing the case to a partner, team, or associate, find out who will be handling your case, their level of experience, and how you are to reach them if need be.
Was Their Costs and Payment Process Explained to You?
One of the most pressing matters on the mind of a client is money. How much is this lawyer going to charge you to represent your case and help you file your claim? There are many different methods of payment so make sure you understand how your lawyer intends to be compensated. Personal injury lawyers should give you information about how they are going to charge you and a general estimate of what your final costs will be.
Lastly, don’t rule out the significance of personal recommendations! Ask your family, friends, and coworkers if they have had any experiences with personal injury lawyers. Whether their experience was good or bad, they will be able to describe the process, give you some advice, and put you on notice of potential red flags. With any luck, you might come away with the names of potential lawyers with positive recommendations you can trust.