Finding a reputable car accident attorney you can work with is more important than you may think. If you’ve been injured in an accident, you need to focus on your recovery, so you need to find a car accident lawyer to represent your best interest with the insurance companies. A good accident attorney will be able to make sure any paperwork is complete and filed properly. They will legal advice, determine what a settlement is, collect evidence to strengthen your personal injury claim, negotiate with insurance adjusters and companies, and, if needed, represent you in court.
To ensure you find a reputable car accident lawyer, one you can trust to handle your case to the best of their abilities, you should look for the following things when consulting with prospective lawyers:
1. Clear and concise communication
A good lawyer makes it easy for you to understand how they can help you with your case. They will provide clear information about their fees, legal process, firm values, and more. They should answer any questions you have, and you should never leave their office with more questions than answers. If you do not have clear insight into their practice after your conversation, there’s a chance you’ll have issues with communication during your case if you hire them.
2. Engaging conversation
The right lawyer will be interested in you and your case. A lawyer who’s not engaged will not put in the amount of effort required for your case. If this happens, you could end up getting a smaller settlement than you could have gotten because of this. You may ask, how can I tell if my lawyer is engaged? The answer is, they should ask you detailed questions about you, your case and what your expectation for the case would be.
3. Willingly provide references
You should always ask an attorney for a list of references that you can contact and speak to. The references should speak to the reputation of the lawyer. Even if you choose not to contact their references, you will have confidence in the fact that they provided a list of references to you. A lawyer that won’t provide you with any references, or won’t, should be avoided.
4. An organized office
The more organized an attorney’s office looks, the more organized they probably are. Keep an eye on how their staff works and how tidy the lawyer’s desk is. If they are shuffling through piles of paper to find what they’re looking for and they staff struggles to answer phone calls, there is a chance they are not organized, and this could have an affect on how they handle your case.
5. Ask about experience
Finally experience – ask your lawyer about this specifically. Make sure they have experience handling car accident cases. You will also want to be sure they have experience arguing cases in court, litigation, and have a winning track record.
These are five things you should look for when meeting with a car accident lawyer. We are confident that you will find all five of these things when you speak with an injury attorney at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett. To schedule a free consultation, call our office today.