Every year, there are millions of lawsuits filed. If you are going to file a civil case, such as a personal injury case, you need an experienced tort lawyer to ensure that you are successful.
If you have experienced a personal injury and need an attorney, read on to learn more about what you should look for in a tort lawyer.
Experience is important when filing a lawsuit. Choose a lawyer who specializes in tort law, particularly personal injury claims. Don’t go with a general practice lawyer, as they may not know the ins and outs of personal injuries.
Not only do you want an attorney who specializes in tort law, but you should also look for one who is experienced with your particular type of accident or injury. Some personal injury firms specialize in car accidents while others specialize in wrongful death or aviation injuries. Pick one with experience representing clients with cases similar to yours.
- Client Reviews and Referrals
Take advantage of all of the information available on the internet. Read Google reviews, client testimonials on the attorney’s website, and ask in community groups for recommendations of tort lawyers that others have used before.
Don’t just rely on reviews and referrals, though. Do your own research as well, perusing their websites, checking your local bar association to make sure they are in good standing, and meeting with them before you agree to work with them.
You will have to speak to most attorneys in person to determine their fee structure. Many tort attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means they don’t get paid unless you win. If you win your case (either at trial or agree to a settlement), they get a percentage of that settlement amount as payment. This is typically 1/3 of the settlement, but it can vary.
There may be other fees associated with your case, such as getting copies of medical records, special medical exams, expert witnesses, accident reconstruction experts, etc. Ask potential attorneys who will be responsible for these fees, whether they have to be paid upfront or paid after a settlement is received, and whether you are responsible for them if you lose the case.
If you are considering an attorney, ask about the resources they have available to build your case, such as a network of investigators, access to medical experts, and legal assistants and paralegals.
Big law firms tend to have more resources and human power to work on your case whereas smaller law firms might provide more personalized service, but have fewer resources.
Communication with your attorney is important, as your case may drag on for months or even years. Make sure your attorney is willing to communicate with you regularly. Ask how often you can expect updates and how long you should expect to wait for responses to emails, voice messages, etc.
Hire an Experienced Tort Lawyer to Represent You
One of the most important things to consider when hiring a tort lawyer is experience. Make sure whomever you choose to work with is the best person for your case, as you may have a lot riding on it. Interviewing potential attorneys is the best way to determine if they are looking out for your best interests.
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