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Ask a Personal Injury Attorney: How Do You Choose a Lawyer?

Published on Jul 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm in Law and Information.

Hiring an attorney can be a daunting task. How do you choose one? How do you know what type of lawyer to hire? What’s it like to work with an attorney and how do you know what’s expected of you? These are all questions you’re likely to have while browsing the website of an attorney, but don’t worry—we’re here to help.
Every firm’s site is filled with the same, boastful claims and pages and pages of legal speak that aren’t immediately useful. What’s useful? Answers. Real answers. Every two weeks roughly, we’ll be posting a common question a client new to the legal world might have, and we’ll provide real, honest answers to that question.

For this week’s installment, let’s answer the very first question in the introduction: How do you choose a lawyer?
If you’re in need of a personal injury lawyer, your first instinct might be to check your local phone book and look at the different ads or browse local lawyers online. Both strategies are good first steps, but what step you take afterwards is far more crucial. Many people will call and hire the first lawyer they find or the one with the most enticing ad. This is a poor idea in most situations—especially when it comes to personal injury law.
In all branches of the legal world—but most notably personal injury—it’s important to realize the benefits that a strong lawyer-client relationship bring to a case. In trial, a lawyer relies on strong communication skills to get their points across to the judge and jury. If they can’t communicate well with their clients, how can they be expected to communicate well in trial?
A solid lawyer-client relationship hinges on communication. A passionate, personable lawyer with strong communication skills is able to not only ensure that a solid lawyer-client relationship is in place, but they will also be able to relay information back to you quickly and be available whenever you may need them. When a lawyer cares about his or her clients, it’s easier to feel comfortable around them. When a lawyer is passionate about their clients and cases, their performance is better during litigation.
Personal injury cases tend to be the most difficult to bring to trial due to the fact that medical malpractice and product liability cases are often headed by massively powerful corporations. Auto accident lawsuits often face insurance provider opposition which can provide a similar challenge. This is why a strong lawyer-client relationship matters so much in personal injury cases. Every advantage can increase your case’s chances of success.
To narrow down that sea of ads and listings, you need to do more than pick a lawyer and hire them on the spot. You need to personally speak to the ones who stand out. Following recommendations and referrals from friends, family members, and other professionals you trust is a great idea. Additionally, look at professional peer reviews and awards. Finally, it may also be a good idea to seek out an attorney who specializes in cases like yours.
Most lawyers are more than happy to set up a free, zero-obligation meeting or consultation if you have a potential case on your hands and are willing to speak about it. Set up a few meetings and be honest about your goals and expectations. The attorney will do the same, and you can decide if there is potential for a great lawyer-client relationship. Choosing the right lawyer isn’t a decision that should be rushed. Take your time, send out a few feelers, and see who you feel comfortable speaking with.
Louisville personal injury lawyer Tad Thomas of Thomas Law Offices is more than happy to speak to you regarding legal advice or a potential case. Fill out our free, no-cost evaluation form online or give our Louisville, KY office a call. Tad Thomas is often praised for how he professionally handles cases on a personal, compassionate level. He works tirelessly for his clients. Reach out to us to see if we’re a good fit.