5 Considerations When Picking an Injury Attorney

An accident disrupts your life, causes you pain, and can destroy your finances. If you have been injured in an accident that was not your fault, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. But, to get the best possible outcome for your case, you’ll need to hire a qualified and experienced injury attorney who can represent your interests and fight for your rights.
But how do you choose the right lawyer for your situation? Here are five considerations to keep in mind when picking an injury attorney.

1. Experience.

You want a lawyer who has handled cases similar to yours and knows the ins and outs of the personal injury law in your state. A lawyer who concentrates their practice in injury law will have the skills and knowledge to negotiate with the insurance companies, gather evidence, prepare a strong claim, and take your case to trial if necessary. Ask the lawyer about their track record of success, how many cases they have handled, and what kind of results they have achieved for their clients.

2. Reputation and reviews.

You want a lawyer who has a good reputation in the legal community and among their past clients. A lawyer who is respected by their peers and judges will have more credibility. A lawyer who has positive reviews and testimonials from their clients demonstrates a level of trust and satisfaction by their past clients. Ask the lawyer for references from their previous clients and check their online reviews and ratings on sites like Google, Yelp, Avvo, etc.

3. Communication and availability.

You want a lawyer who is responsive and accessible to your needs and concerns. A lawyer who communicates with you regularly and clearly will keep you informed and updated on the progress of your case. A lawyer who is available to answer your questions and address your issues will make you feel valued and supported. Ask the lawyer how they communicate with their clients, how often they update them, and how quickly they respond to calls and emails.

4. Fees and costs.

You want a lawyer who is transparent and fair about their fees and costs. Most injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means they only get paid if they win your case. However, some lawyers may charge additional fees or expenses that are not covered by the contingency fee agreement. Ask the lawyer about their fee structure, what percentage they take from the settlement or verdict, and what expenses they will incur on your behalf.

5. Personality and rapport.

You want a lawyer who is friendly and professional, who listens to you and understands your goals, who treats you with respect and compassion, and who makes you feel comfortable and confident. A lawyer who has a good personality and rapport with you will make the legal process easier and less stressful for you. Ask the lawyer about their approach to their clients, how they handle conflicts or disagreements, and how they deal with difficult or emotional situations.

Ron Cox and David Proffitt have been serving the Columbia, South Carolina area for decades. Together, they have more than fifty years of experience combined. Proffitt & Cox, LLP is rated 4.8 stars on 56 Google reviews and the firm consistently wins plaudits from their clients for their strong communication and relationships with the families that are served by the firm. For a free consultation to discuss your injury and any questions you may have about the law and our fee structure, please reach out today.