You’ve been injured and you want legal representation, but how do you pick the right injury law firm?
If you are deciding what kind of injury law firms to engage, the answer almost certainly depends on the type of case you are trying to win. As an example, personal injury lawyers are one of the largest groups in the legal field. They deal with all manner of cases from birth injury to child abuse.
But with the field being so wide, most personal injury attorneys will decide to specialize in a particular area of the legal framework. So if you were injured in your job you would engage a work injury lawyer. Or if you lost your baby or they were badly injured during birth you would hire a birth injury attorney.
What fees do injury law firms charge?
Again, the answer depends on the type of case and the circumstances involved. A lot of these types of attorneys will work on a “no win-no fee” basis so there is no initial cost to the client. But don’t make the mistake of thinking this means the legal firm works for free. They may not charge you until they win but then they can take a large portion of your compensation.
It is important to clear up how the personal injury lawyer will get paid before you engage their services. Some will claim costs from the other side rather than reducing the compensation awarded. Make sure your agreement on fees is noted in your contract.
How do you find the right injury law firm for your case?
Personal or professional recommendations are always the best option, although sometimes this isn’t possible. Often you won’t have much time to check out different firms as you will be under pressure to start proceedings. It is very important to your case that you follow the personal injury claim process. This may differ from State to State so local legal knowledge can be very important. You may have to act on your gut instinct.
Do you have to employ an injury law firm?
Some people make the decision to represent themselves in order to save on legal fees. If you are considering this option you need to remember that not only will you have to educate yourself on case law etc but you will also have to deal with legal paperwork and make sure it is filed in the appropriate court at the right time. You can end up losing the entire case if you file in the wrong place so you may want to reconsider this decision.
Don’t just assume you will end up deciding your case in Court, it’s a fact that most personal injury cases are settled before anyone gets as far as Court. Because of that, many people are concerned that their attorney will settle too early or too easily, simply in order to get paid.
This can be especially true if the case is on a “no win, no fee” basis, but this is clearly unethical behavior and could get the respective injury law firms into trouble. Your injury lawyer should discuss any settlement offers with you first, and you should only accept the one that offers you the best deal given your particular circumstances.