Written By: Michael Warfe and Brandon Pedersen, Student-at-Law
When hiring a real estate agent to help you pick the perfect house, you may ask yourself: what do I need to do to ensure I get the best outcome and best representation possible?
Hiring a personal injury lawyer is no different. You want to ensure that you are hiring a professional that will work tirelessly to achieve your desired result.
Like most important decisions, there are a number of things you should do before calling a personal injury lawyer.
Firstly, you should do your research. There are countless personal injury firms and lawyers out there, but you should do your due diligence to find the one that’s right for you. Use the internet and look for testimonials and peer-reviewed rankings that can help you make an informed decision regarding your representation. If you know somebody who is a lawyer, whether or not they practise personal injury law, there is a good chance that they will know of the most reputable personal injury lawyers and firms in your area.
Once you’ve decided on who you will meet with, start gathering your documents. Lawyers like to see records in order to provide you with an accurate assessment of your case. Organizing the medical documents you have, preparing a list of prescriptions and bills incurred as a result of your injuries, and providing pictures of your injuries will help inform the lawyer of the circumstances of your case. Further, having these documents prepared and ready for your meeting will help to speed up the sometimes lengthy litigation process.
You should also write down any questions you may have. The law is not an easily understood concept, and that is why lawyers exist. There are many topics that will be complicated. It is essential that you ask the questions you want to be answered and to do so, it is recommended that you come prepared with a list of questions. A good lawyer will always welcome questions and provide you with thoughtful, well-informed answers.
Lastly, be open to the lawyer’s recommendations and advice. You may have a pre-determined idea of what your claim is worth or what you think should happen. However, it is essential that you remain open to the lawyer’s advice and recommendations because after all, they are a professional dedicated to ensuring you obtain the best result possible.
If you do the above, you’ll get better legal information and a better evaluation of your claim.