After an injury you will feel like the event was a dream but it a moment of chaos your financial future may be at stake. Most injury victims focus on how they feel in the minutes and days after an accident, what needs to be considered is the effect an accident will have on your long term finances- between medical bills and loss of income from work. If you have been injured in an accident, you need to consider hiring a personal injury attorney.
The first steps to finding a personal injury attorney is to check with your local Bar Association to make sure that you consult with one in good standing. Next, ask around for references- your friends have had accidents and may have used the services of an attorney. Once you have found potential candidates then interview them. A sit down with an attorney should happen at no charge. Multiple attorneys should be interviewed because they will have different theories on how to win your case and you will need to be able to participate in their process; make sure you are comfortable working with their litigation style.
Once the process of a legal claim has started be ready in open communication with your attorney. A good personal injury attorney will ask for a lot of information, an injury case will not usually sell itself. Your attorney should maintain regular contact with you, personally or through a paralegal. An attorney that works entirely on their own should have a smaller case load, having a trusted paralegal to assist reduces the likelihood that a deadline will be missed on your case.
An accident case may conclude quickly but even a moderate case can take significant time to settle, much of which depends on the cooperation between your attorney and the insurance company, so be patient. This attorney should also know how to work with claims adjusters and be able to argue your case with them, the first step before a claim goes to court. A good personal injury attorney should be making sure that your finances are as stable as possible during the legal claim process.
The ultimate goal of a good personal injury lawyer is to present, in a convincing manner, to an insurance company that your accident with have a residual effect on your life and a quick settlement will not compensate for the long term damages.