How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you become injured in an accident, you want to choose a personal injury attorney who is dedicated to your case, and who can get you the damages you deserve. You also want a lawyer who treats your injury with compassion, as you and your family are going through a difficult time, financially and emotionally.
Look for a personal injury lawyer or law firm with extensive experience representing seriously injured people and obtaining large settlements and verdicts for their clients. Look for an attorney who will listen to your concerns and explain the details of your claim in a way you can understand.
At Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. our Chicago personal injury lawyers are committed to offering personal attention and being readily available to our clients. We value our connections with our clients and know that our approach will benefit you as well as your claim. We don’t work for the money, we work for you.
Obtain Referrals from Friends and Acquaintances
Talk with your friends, family or coworkers who have dealt with a personal injury attorney to see if they can refer someone for you. Put this lawyer on your list, but do not make your decision on these recommendations. Different people will have different experiences, so do not make up your mind until you have met several prospective lawyers, discussed your case and have found someone with whom you feel comfortable working.
Ask the Opinions of Other Lawyers
If you know a lawyer, such as a defense attorney or an environmental lawyer, ask that person for recommendations. Attorneys often refer cases to one another, and most lawyers will know a reputable lawyer who handles plaintiffs’ personal injury cases. Add these names to your list, but again, do not make a final decision until after your initial consultation.
The Initial Consultation
Most attorneys do not charge for a consultation, so be sure to speak with these first. During your complimentary consultation with your potential lawyer, tell them the details of your claim, and ask how they might handle it. Bring copies of all your documents, including your:
- Medical records
- Medical bills and other hospital fees
- Police report
- Income loss information
- Every correspondence with the insurance company
Also ask your prospective lawyer details about him or herself, such as:
How long they have been practicing, what professional organizations they belong to, and how they keep up-to-date on the changing laws.
What percentage of their practice involves personal injury cases (You want someone who specializes in personal injury law).
If they mostly represent plaintiffs or defendants. (If they are a defense attorney, they may be closely connected to insurance companies and not pursue your claim as vigorously. You want someone who solely represents plaintiffs).
Would they handle your claim personally or pass it off to another lawyer (who may be less experienced). If there is another lawyer with whom you will deal, make sure to talk to them also.
The personal injury attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. have over 75 years of experience winning cases for injury victims. We offer free consultations and work on a contingency, meaning that we will never charge unless we win your case. If you are wondering how to choose a qualified Chicago personal injury lawyer, please call or email us to learn more.
If you or a loved one has been hurt, and you need help, please call or email us today for a FREE consultation.