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Tips to Hire a Good Personal Injury Attorney

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Summary:
Wondering what to do when you have been in an accident, a slip and fall,
or a workplace injury? If you have already spoken with in insurance
provider for your insurer, it may be time to consider a personal injury
attorney.


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personal injury attorney, Mutual Funds Litigation, law


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Wondering what to do when you have been in an accident, a slip and fall,
or a workplace injury? If you have already spoken with in insurance
provider for your insurer, it may be time to consider a personal injury
attorney.


The danger in running right out and hiring a personal injury attorney
immediately after injury is that you will have to pay for their services
out of whatever payout you ultimately get. So, it is typically wise to
first speak with the relevant insurance provider and only then turn to
legal alternatives. While speaking to the insurance company will in many
situations resolve the issue completely, there may be some situations in
which the insurance company either denies your claim entirely or decides
to compensate you in a matter that is from your perspective insufficient.
In such situations, the premium that you pay out to a personal injury
attorney will come back to you in settlement damages many times over.


Now, once you are convinced that you need a personal injury attorney, you
have to put forth the effort of first finding the right person for your
case. Here are a few tips on selecting the right attorney for you:

There are a number of online databases of local and regional personal
injury attorneys. While most of these are pay per listing or free
submission, some actually do provide reviewing services. Even here,
however, be wary of putting too much stock in a website’s recommendation
as this information can be easily manipulated.

Using this online database and your local yellow pages as a sort of
general list, it then becomes imperative to narrow this list by looking
at the credentials of a particular attorney. Probably the best way to do
this is to call your local legal aid clinic, which is free. While these
individuals are not in the business of providing recommendations, the bar
in a particular city for personal injury usually consists of about fifty
to one hundred attorneys, so amongst attorneys word gets around pretty
quickly as to who is good and who is not.
Another good resource is your city bar association. Your city bar will
keep more general information about who has not been sanctioned by courts
for malpractice and typically keeps a short list of recommended
attorneys. But again, take this list with a grain of salt as there are
manipulations going on behind the scenes here as well. Often a better
tack is just to have a list of three or four attorneys you are
considering and then call the bar association to hear their thoughts on
each one.

Referrals can be good if you know someone in the legal   community. But if
not, the best you will get out of a referral is a sort   of ‘he/she isn’t
incompetent.’ Because let’s face it, most clients have   no idea whether
the settlement they received was in actuality the best   they could have.

The final test should always be to meet with the attorney. In such a
meeting you can discuss the payment method (contingency or flat-fee), but
more importantly you want to try to assess if this individual seems
competent. Note things like, what law school he/she attended? Did they
pass the bar on their first try? How long have they been practicing
personal injury in your state? Will they let you speak with some of their
most recent clients? All of these factors taken together should give you
a general impression of whether your personal injury attorney is
competent, if not good.

				
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