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Choosing A Personal Injury AttorneyChoosing A Personal Injury Lawyers

Finding the right Personal Injury Lawyer to represent you after a serious accident may seem like a daunting task. With so many attorneys promising to deliver results, it can be difficult to know who to trust.

Personal injury victims like yourself should search for someone who not only has the right professional qualifications but displays compassion and empathy for your situation.

Don’t settle for anything less than an attorney who will be fully committed to helping you secure the medical care and compensation you deserve.

To assist you in choosing the attorney that is right for you, we’ve compiled a list of key factors to consider.

Practice Area Focus

If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own, you need to hire an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. Personal injury attorneys are well-versed in an area of law known as tort law, which serves to make an injured party “whole” again after an accident.

Most personal injury attorneys are capable of handling any type of accident case while others specialize in a certain niche. For example, if you were injured in a car accident, you may prefer to be represented by a personal injury attorney that specializes only in car accidents.


You’ll want a personal injury attorney that is licensed to practice in the state you were injured, ideally in the city or county where the accident took place. There are several key advantages to working with an attorney that practices in a specific jurisdiction:

  • Convenience and accessibility: you won’t have to travel far for in-person meetings. In some situations, an attorney may even be willing to come to your home, rehabilitation center, hospital room or other location where you are receiving care.
  • Knowledge and familiarity of the local court system: a local attorney will have a firm grasp of the specific personal injury laws in your state (statutes of limitation, negligence, contributory negligence, insurance coverage, etc) and will have established relationships with judges, defense attorneys, healthcare facilities and medical professionals.


Pursue attorneys that have at least 5 years of experience trying personal injury cases. They should have a deep understanding of the law regarding negligence and insurance coverage and a solid track record of delivering results for clients.

Successful personal injury lawyers know how to gather evidence and work with medical experts to substantiate a victim’s injuries. They also know the tricks an insurance adjuster may use to delay or deny a claim and can protect you from being taken advantage of.

Credentials and Reputation

Look for credentials such as board certifications, peer ratings from other attorneys, ratings online, involvement in professional associations, and legal awards.

Disciplinary record

Check the attorney’s disciplinary record to see if any complaints have been filed against them and whether they have ever been suspended or disbarred.

Resource Capabilities 

A personal injury case requires extensive preparation and investigation. You need to make sure the attorney has the time, staff, money, and resources to properly handle your case.

Transparent Fee Structure

Find out how the attorney expects to be compensated and ask for a breakdown of possible charges. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they won’t get paid unless they win your case. If they do recover for you, they will take a  percentage which varies from firm to firm but is usually in the 30%-40% range.

Negotiator AND Litigator 

A personal injury lawyer needs to be equally adept at negotiating settlements and litigating cases in the courtroom. Some attorneys prefer to settle claims outside of court in order to avoid trial.

Find an attorney that is willing to take your case to trial, if needed, in order to achieve the maximum compensation.

Summary of Questions to Ask a Potential Personal Injury Lawyer

  • What is your fee structure? Will you take my case on a contingent fee basis? If so, what is your percentage? If not, what is your hourly rate?
  • How long have you been representing personal injury victims?
  • What expertise/experience do you have that may help with my specific case?
  • How long do you expect my case to take before it is resolved?
  • Will you be working with a team? Will other lawyers be working on my case?
  • Have you ever been disciplined, suspended, or disbarred by any ethics committee or state bar association?
  • Do you only take cases that you can settle out of court or are you willing to represent my case before a judge or jury?
  • How many cases have you taken to trial and what is your success rate?
  • Do you have any testimonials or case studies I can review?

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How To Choose A Personal Injury That is Right For You

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