The Michigan personal injury lawyer that you choose to handle your case can be the difference between receiving a great settlement or no settlement at all. However, choosing an attorney to represent can seem like a daunting task. The easiest way to choose your lawyer is to call the first lawyer you see on television or the lawyer with the biggest telephone book advertisement. However, to find truly the best lawyer for your case, you need to spend a little time and do some research.
The decision on which personal injury lawyer to choose certainly should not be made on the basis of advertising alone. The Yellow Pages are filled with ads–all of which say basically the same thing. You should also not hire based solely on advertising–anyone can buy a slick commercial.
How do you find the lawyer in your community that is the best for your case? There are certain questions to ask that will lead you to the best person for your case—no matter what type of claim you have. It may involve some time on your part, but that’s fine because the decision as to whom your attorney will be is very important.
The world of personal injury, accident and disability claims is much too specialized for someone who does not regularly handle these cases. Too many times we have looked at cases that other—inexperienced—attorneys have handled.
You should be aware that the insurance companies who defend personal injury and accident cases know who the attorneys are in your area who actually go into court to try cases and those who do not. The insurance companies use that information to evaluate their risk. One of the first questions some insurance adjusters will ask when a serious claim comes in is: who is representing the plaintiff? If this information is important to the insurance company, shouldn’t it be important to you?
The fact that Attorney Ernie drafted a will for your uncle or that Lawyer Linda handled your cousin’s divorce case does not make them qualified to handle an injury or accident case. Many attorneys who claim to be specialists in auto accident cases do not know the intricacies of these areas of law.
While many lawyers will offer to represent you in your case, it is important to choose a lawyer to represent you that handles serious accident and injury cases everyday and has significant experience and expertise in representing injury victims. Lawyers without this knowledge and experience may not be familiar with or even understand these laws and its many technicalities, which could cause you to lose your benefits and your opportunity to obtain a settlement in your case.
The best way to find the right lawyer is to know the right questions to ask the lawyer before you hire the lawyer for your case. You should ask the lawyer you are considering for your case what percentage of his practice is devoted to personal injury cases and what type of settlements and verdicts he has achieved for his clients. You should also find out whether he has written any books on accident and injury cases and whether he has spoken to groups of lawyers and medical professionals on matters related to accident and injury lawsuits.
Finally, you should ask specific questions about your own case and what the lawyer will do for you if you choose him to represent you. It is appealing to hear about the lawyer’s other successes, but knowing what he will do for you is the only thing you care about for your case. Make sure that you get direct and honest answers to all of your questions before you make your final choice.
About the Author
Lawrence J. Buckfire is a Michigan personal injury lawyer. If you or a family member have been seriously injured in an accident, you should contact our office immediately to learn about your legal rights. Call us now at (800) 606-1717. You should also request our FREE BOOK, ‘The Ultimate Guide to Injury Cases in Michigan,’ which includes the biggest mistakes you can make that can ruin your injury case.