If you have been injured in a car accident or by a medical mistake, you may have a case for a personal injury lawsuit. In 2012, there were about 104,000 vehicle accidents involving a truck and a car. Of those 73% of those injured were in vehicles that were not trucks. Nearly 24% were in trucks. Almost 3% of injuries were to people who were not even involved in the accident. For medical malpractive suits, 61% of cases were settled for the plaintif and out of court. Finding the right lawyer is the first step towards getting the best personal injury settlement possible.
Tips for Hiring the Right Personal Injury Lawyer:
Talk to people you know.Given the number of lawsuits that are filed each year in the United States, there is a good chance you know someone who has filed a successful suit or received a personal injury settlement. This is not something that comes up in casual conversation. If you do know someone who was successful with a lawsuit, ask them how they got their lawyer and what they thought of the practice.
Ask about the lawyer’s experience.You need to find a personal injury lawyer with experience dealing with cases like yours. An experienced lawyer will know what what questions to ask, evidence to gather and what to look for. One big factor in determining what kind of personal injury settlement you can recieve is setting the right venue for your case to be heard. In some cases, the decision is out of your hands. If you were in a car accident, the case will be heard where the accident took place. If your injuries were due to a faulty product, the case can be heard either where you live or where the item was made. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to weigh both options and help you made the right choice.
Ask about the law firm’s focus.Like physicians, attorneys specialize in different kinds of law. You need a lawyer who specifically deals with personal injury law. This is not the time to go with the great lawyer your sister used for her divorce. Having an attorney whose forcus is on getting the best personal injury settlement for their clients is the first step in a successful lawsuit.
Check their reputation.Between 95 and 96% of all personal injury cases settle out of court. You will need your lawyer to have a great reputation goes a long way when they are negotiating your personal injurt settlement. Having an attorney with a good, strong reputation will go a long way in dealing with the other parties in the case. A lawyer with a good reputation can make the process go a whole lot smoother and quicker.
What is the lawyer’s personality like?While you are not hiring a best friend, you do need to be able to share some very private and personal details from your life. If you have been injured, you need to discuss just how badly and how the injury has impacted your life. You need to be completely comfortable sharing this information with them. They should also be available when you have questions about your case. If the lawyer does not have time before you hire them, you can bet they will not have it after they have started working on your case.
How objective can they be?You are hiring a lawyer to be on your side but to effectively negotiate the best personal injury settlement for you, they have to be able to objectively evaluate the facts of your case. This is not the time to hire a “yes” person who will agree with everything you say, although that is always very tempting to do.
If you have been injured in an accident or through some medical negligence, you may have a good case for a personal injury lawsuit. In cases of medical malpractice, you should start your case as soon as you can (the average settlement in these cases takes about 28 months). Once you have hired an attorney, most of the work around your case will be done by the law firm so you can focus all of your energy on recovering.