Choosing a personal injury attorney is much different from deciding on an attorney for a divorce or real estate transaction. Injury cases are different from any other type of law and if you don’t get the right attorney you could burdened with medical bills and additional suffering in the future. Henn Haworth Cummings + Page
How badly you are injured is also important when looking for an personal injury attorney. Broken bones are painful and inconvenient and you can lose income if you can’t work. But if you have nerve damage, lost an arm or leg or your sight (partial or total), you will be suffering for the rest of your life. You might not be able to work again, have to modify your home to accommodate your limitation, or train for a new career. In cases like this you need an attorney with the experience and skill to make the insurance company or person responsible for your injuries pay you for your financial losses as well as your physical suffering and inconvenience.
Many personal injury attorneys will contact you or your family as soon as, if not before, you are hospitalized. You should not do business with these “ambulance chasers”, who usually care more about the award than their client and often use questionable tactics to get you to retain them. On the other hand, it is perfectly acceptable to contact a prospective client by mail and offer the services of a law firm. You can start with these polite contacts or you can get recommendations from family, friends, and co-workers. You can also look on the internet for a personal injury attorney and get a list of names to investigate.
In cases of personal injury you should choose an attorney or firm that specializes in the area of the law. You should choose an attorney who has not been disciplined by the Florida Bar Association and is in good standing with the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can do a search on the internet using the attorney’s name or the name of their firm to find out if there are any clients that have been dissatisfied with their services.
Once you find two or more attorneys that you think you’d like to deal with you can arrange for an interview, or consultation. Most attorneys will gladly visit you at the hospital or at home so don’t worry if you can’t get to their offices. Make sure that the attorney you choose has a good track record of getting good-sized and fair awards for his or her client. A good research department within the firm is also an asset.