Updated: May 19
It's not as easy as you think
Having a hard time selecting the right personal injury lawyer to handle your claim? You're not alone, we get hundreds of calls from frustrated people who lost any hope on lawyer directories and unreliable legal advertising.
Lawyers are people, and people make mistakes.
Understandably, most if not all lawyers will post their accomplishments, years of experience and try to sell themselves to the best of their ability. It's your job to conduct due diligence, interviews, and to do your own digging.
“Take time and do your homework before you hire a personal injury attorney, not when it's too late.”
Use common sense
Weeding out the wrong lawyers to handle a personal injury case is easier than selecting the right one. Just as you wouldn’t go to an eye doctor to handle your foot surgery, you shouldn’t go to the lawyer who handled your cousin's divorce to take care of your personal injury case.
You must be proactive from day one, select a specialist, spend time reading reviews from reliable sources and most importantly check their license status!! You don't want to select a lawyer who is being investigating for stealing a client's money or worse, a lawyer who is in the process of being disbarred.
You got this!
There are so many online resources and tools you can use to make the right decision, just make sure you do it before you engage in a client-attorney relationship. Once you sign a retainer agreement, it's over (almost). Many lawyers don't want to get involved in a case where another lawyer has already being representing the client.
Questions you should as a Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney before signing a retainer.
Where can I find peer reviews about your experience?
What percentage of your personal injury cases are from referrals?
Do you solicit people after an accident?
Have you even been disciplined by the California State Bar?
Have you ever been in arbitration with one of your clients?
Am I going to be communicating directly with you or one of your paralegals?
Are you a member of a legal organization that specializes in personal injury?
Are you certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy?
Have you gone to trial on a personal injury case?
Remember, it is YOUR responsibility to find the right personal injury lawyer, if you don't have time to do the research, get a lawyer referral from a California Bar Certified organization.
If you have some stories you'd like to share (good or bad) please feel free to drop a line and tell us your experience.