How to find a personal injury lawyer

Posted in: Catastrophic Personal Injury | Apr 01,2022

When you’ve suffered a serious injury or you’ve lost a loved one in a catastrophic accident, your choice of lawyer matters. In many situations, the only way to recover compensation for your medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and devastating loss is through the legal system. You need someone you can trust to help you put your life back together. You need someone who will act in your best interest and who has what it takes to win your case. But with so many personal injury firms out there, how can you choose the best injury lawyer for your case?

What To Know Before Hiring A Personal Injury Lawyer

Experiencing a personal injury can be difficult and overwhelming. Likely, you’ve never had to hire a lawyer before. For you, this isn’t just a legal case – it’s the first step in rebuilding your life. How can you choose the best injury lawyer to help you move forward? Law firms may look alike on the surface, but significant differences exist. 

You may wonder: is it worth it to hire a personal injury lawyer? How do I know if I have a case? Many personal injury firms, including Montross Miller, offer free consultations. During your free consultation, a lawyer will review the details of your accident and help you determine whether to pursue legal action. If you have a case, it is typically in your best interest to have an experienced personal injury lawyer handle it for you or risk losing the compensation you need to rebuild your life.

Consider a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Reputation

You might not stop to consider a personal injury lawyer’s reputation, but it is relevant. You should find out what their past clients have to say about working with them and how fellow lawyers view them. Start by looking at client reviews on the law firm’s website or Google to get a sense of real people’s experiences working with that firm. Then, find out how their peers view them. If other attorneys refer cases to them, it’s a good sign that you have found one of the best firms for your case type.

Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer Who Gets Results

While filing a lawsuit can’t change what happened, the right personal injury attorney can help you get started down a new way forward. Look for a law firm that can get you the maximum compensation for your suffering. To gauge what you might expect in terms of a settlement, check out the firm’s case results. While past results are not a guarantee of any dollar amount in your case, a personal injury lawyer’s track record is a strong indicator of their capabilities. Some firms have a long history of multimillion-dollar results for their clients, while others do not.

Make Sure Your Injury Lawyer is an Expert in Your Case Type

A little-known fact about the personal injury field is that not all injury lawyers are adequately equipped to handle all types of injury cases. For instance, while most personal injury lawyers handle car accidents, only a select few have the expertise to pursue complex injury cases like tractor-trailer crashes. Similarly, not all personal injury firms have the resources to handle medical malpractice cases, which can be extremely expensive and complex cases to litigate. If you or a loved one has been in a catastrophic accident caused by a rare event like a train derailment, aviation accident, or industrial electrocution, not just any lawyer will do. Be sure your personal injury lawyer is prepared to obtain maximum results for a case just such as yours.

How Much Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

There are a couple of reasons why you should find out your lawyer’s fee structure. First, at this vulnerable time in your life, the last thing you need is an added expense. And second, a lawyer who charges a contingent fee will be just as motivated as you are about winning your case. The law firm absorbs all of the financial risk associated with pursuing your case with a contingent fee. If there’s no settlement, they don’t get paid. While some attorneys charge an upfront fee or hourly fee for their services, Montross Miller does not require an upfront fee. Our clients only pay if and when we recover a settlement. The fee is a standard percentage of the settlement recovered.

What Sets a Law Firm Apart from the Rest?

There are numerous personal injury lawyers in your area. There may even be multiple firms with decades of experience handling cases similar to yours. But what special advantages do they offer? The right personal injury lawyer for your case might have a specialty in a specific area of practice. They might have access to resources other firms don’t. Perhaps they simply make you feel cared for by going the extra mile. Unlike many personal injury firms, at Montross Miller, we have a physician attorney on staff, so we know better how to build your case. The fact that a majority of our cases come to us referred by other lawyers is a testament to the faith that our peers have placed in us, such that they are willing to stake their reputations on it. Plus, we are a small firm offering personal, compassionate service, but we have the resources of a much larger firm.