There are many factors to consider when choosing a law firm to represent you.
How you choose a personal injury lawyer is important because the one you choose can potentially affect the outcome of your case. Not only will they be advocating for you in your fight for compensation, but they will also handle most—if not all—aspects of your case. As such, you want to make sure you choose someone who fits your needs and is on the same page as you regarding your desired outcome.
What to Look For in a Personal Injury Law Firm
Before you hand your case over to a lawyer, you will want to go over the following:
- What services the law firm can provide
- The types of cases the law firm typically deals with
- The lawyer’s track record with cases similar to yours
- The lawyer’s willingness to go to court
- The lawyer’s style of litigation
- The law firm’s online and offline reputation
- The law firm’s payment schedule
Your Lawyer Should Not Be a Financial Burden
To avoid adding more financial strain to an already difficult situation, consider working with a lawyer who will accept your case on a contingency-fee-basis. This means that the lawyer agrees to represent you at no up-front or out-of-pocket costs to you, per the American Bar Association (ABA).
When our firm takes on a case, the goal is to keep you from facing more financial harm. Not only is our initial consultation free, but we also do not take payment directly from you for our services. Instead, our contract with you will outline a fee agreement based on whether or not we are able to secure your settlement or award. If we do not win your case, you owe nothing for our services.
Choose a Lawyer Who Handles Cases Like Yours
Personal injury law covers a wide variety of accidents. Some of the most common cases involve:
- Dog bites
- Product defects
- Physical assault
- Vehicle collisions
- Medical malpractice
If the law firm you are considering has never taken on a case like yours, it is difficult to know how successful the team will be when handling your case. You can use a lawyer’s track record on cases similar to yours to understand their success rate.
Moreover, lawyers who understand your case can explain how the process will go and give you a sense of what to expect. They can outline the next steps you should take toward financial recovery and provide you with a timeline for when your case may reach its conclusion.
You Want a Lawyer Who Will Accurately Value Your Damages
Choosing a lawyer familiar with cases like yours also means they should have a good idea of the kinds of damages you can collect. They should know how to look at your case and arrive at a fair value that both the evidence and state laws can support.
The value of your case might be difficult to calculate on your own because of the many moving parts that often play a role. You could be facing medical expenses that will keep accumulating even after you resolve your case. You may also be dealing with an extended or even permanent loss of income.
These costs do not even begin to touch on any non-financial damages you experience, such as pain and suffering. Do not overlook the importance of an accurate valuation of your case. When choosing a personal injury lawyer, consider their ability to accurately define your injuries and the financial damages that stem from them.
Make Sure You and Your Lawyer Are on the Same Page
Many personal injury cases resolve through an insurance settlement. These settlements do not always cover all of a victim’s damages, but some may prefer this route over going through an expensive legal battle in court.
Because of this, it is important that you choose an attorney who understands what you want out of your case. If you are open to taking your case to court for the damages you seek, you will want a lawyer who is ready to go down this path, as well. This is important because there is a statute of limitations on personal injury lawsuits in every state.
The statute of limitations defines how much time your state gives you to file your lawsuit. If your lawyer focuses solely on negotiating a settlement, and this deadline passes, it takes away your opportunity to send the case to court. Our team can help you understand and comply with the statutory filing deadline in your case to keep your options for financial recovery open.
Choose Our Team to Get Your Lawsuit Started Today
If you are still wondering how to choose a personal injury lawyer, do not hesitate to reach out for a case assessment. At Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC, your initial consultation is free. This gives you an opportunity to ask any questions you have about our firm with no cost or obligation attached.
Your fight for financial compensation does not have to wait. Put the power of our team to work for you. Contact a representative at Farmer & Morris Law, PLLC by calling (828) 286-3866 and get your free case review today.