When a tragedy strikes an individual or family in the form of an accident or death, finding a lawyer is often the last thing on everyone’s mind. The thought of having to sift through the multitude of advertisements to find the right lawyer for your circumstances can appear to be a daunting and time consuming task – especially at a time when you may be feeling emotionally and physically drained. Finding the best lawyer for your situation, however, may be the most important thing you can do if the accident was caused by the negligence of another person or entity. In most cases, when someone has been injured or killed as the result of negligence on the part of someone else, the victim, or her surviving family members, may be entitled to compensation for the injuries suffered as a direct result of that negligence. Therefore, the lawyer you choose to represent you may be the most important decision you make.
Deciding on a lawyer can encompass a number of different factors. Some considerations are universal while others will be unique to your specific circumstances. Once of the best ways to begin your search is to ask friends or family members if they can recommend a lawyer. Often, someone you know has had the opportunity to work with a lawyer in the past and can offer a first hand opinion. It may be that the lawyer who is recommended to you does not practice in the area of personal injury or wrongful death but he may be able to offer you a few names of lawyers he knows that do practice in those areas.
If you are unable to get any personal recommendations, then a search of the internet may be inevitable. While the internet can be a wealth of information, it can also be difficult to sift through the thousands of advertisements to find the right lawyer. Make a list of what is important to you in a lawyer before you begin your search. For instance, if you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, than someone who focuses exclusively on personal injury law should be at the top of your list. Other considerations may include location, availability, years in practice or trial experience. Use your list to narrow down your internet search to a few names.
Once you have those names, contact the office and ask about a free consultation. Most lawyers will offer you a brief introductory consultation at no cost. This is your opportunity to form a more concrete opinion to help you choose the best lawyer for you. Be prepared on the day of your consultation with a list of questions for the lawyer. Again, your questions may depend on the facts of your case, but there are some basic questions you may want answered. How long has he been practicing law? How much trial experience does he have? What are his fees? In addition, pay attention to his staff while you are there. Although a lawyer should always be available to his clients, the reality is that you will be dealing with his staff a large portion of the time for practical, day to day issues involving your case. Do they seem competent? Friendly? Accessible?
Once you have had the chance to personally meet with your “short list”, you should be prepared to make a decision. If you would like a free detailed evaluation of your case to determine whether or not you may be due compensation for any injuries you have suffered., please contact the law firm of Ledger & Associates at 1-800-300-0001 or visit them online at www.ledgerlaw.com to schedule your appointment.