You have a personal injury case if you have sustained injuries due to someone else’s carelessness or negligence. You should heavily consider hiring a personal injury law firm to handle the case to improve your chances of victory. Many personal injury law firms are out there, and they are not all the same.
Before you decide on the law firm that will handle your case, you must evaluate some important factors. Below are some crucial factors that you should consider before hiring a personal injury law firm for your case.
Experience level tops this list because it is one of the most vital factors in a personal injury law firm. The law firm must have handled cases (and more than just a few) similar to yours with a high success rate. You certainly want a firm with a track record of success handling your personal injury case.
As you research firms, consider their years of experience; the higher the number, the better for your case, generally. Also, the law firm should have a team of experienced attorneys with a track record of success handling similar cases. Do not hesitate to ask for references, previous cases they have handled, and their outcome.
The complexity of personal injury cases is such that it requires significant resources to build a strong case. Thus, as you consider different law firms for your case, look at their resources, staff, budget, and technology.
They are better equipped to investigate your case, gather evidence, and build a strong case if they have ample resources. Feel free to ask about aspects of the firm, such as its support staff, technical capabilities, and legal team size.
The cost of hiring a law firm is usually a cause of concern for many personal injury plaintiffs. However, you must understand that many law firms work on contingencies – meaning you only pay if you win. You will not pay the firm any fees upfront; they get their payment if they win your case.
Thus, one of the things you need to ask the firm is their fee structure and what other expenses you will bear. Ask the firm what percentage of the compensation they will collect; if you are okay with the outlined structure, go for it.
Reputation and Integrity
The firm’s reputation is paramount; you want a firm known for integrity and excellence fighting for you. Check the feedback of previous clients and reviews or recognition in the legal industry. The law firm should be one that other attorneys and judges in the legal community highly regard.
It is important that the law firm you work with carries you along in every step of the case with transparency and clear communication. When it comes to personal injury cases, communication is key; the law firm must prioritize it. You should be able and comfortable to liaise with your lawyer regarding any questions or concerns.
The right law firm is responsive to your needs and regularly updates you on your case’s status. Also, the law firm should speak your language; avoid firms that confuse you with legal jargon you cannot comprehend. Of course, any firm will use some legal terms, but they must be able to explain them in layman’s language for your understanding.
“It is important to critically consider which law firm or attorney you intend to hire for your personal injury case. It is essential to the success of your case – after all, you deserve that compensation.” says Attorney Roger K. Gelb of Gelb & Gelb, P.C.