Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer for You
When you or a loved one is injured and you’re looking for the best personal injury attorney to help you, the last thing you want to think about is fee structures and affordability. Unfortunately, there are a lot of law firms out there that sound supportive and reasonable, but are only looking to make a profit off you.
Not all personal injury lawyers operate the same way. So we’re going to walk you through our tips to find a law firm that’s looking out for your best interests.
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1. How Do They Make Money?
When it comes to looking for the best personal injury lawyer, the first thing to pay attention to is how that attorney makes their money. It’s common for law firms to charge significant fees upfront for their legal expertise. This makes it challenging for everyday folks to get the justice they need. These upfront fees can feel like they’re blocking you from even figuring out if you have a case, especially if the lawyers charge hefty fees for consultations. On top of that, if you lose the case, you might end up paying a ton in legal expenses and be in a worse position than when you started!
Thankfully, there’s an alternative that some law firms are offering where the fees are entirely based on winning the case and aren’t paid upfront. In this “contingency” model, there’s no cost for a consultation, no expenses to move the case forward, and you only pay your personal injury attorney after you win the case. This model also eliminates the risk of paying out huge amounts of cash if you don’t even win the case.
While you might think that paying huge fees upfront means you get better representation, the reverse might be more accurate. Law firms that charge massive fees get paid whether they win or lose. Contingency based lawyers only make money when they win. This puts more pressure on your attorney to do a good job. It also increases your odds of working with a passionate lawyer who cares about your success.
2. Fee Calculation
The second tip is to see how the fees, whether they’re paid upfront or upon winning, are calculated by your personal injury lawyer. The classic method is to pay by the hour, but there are a couple of important drawbacks to this method. First, it incentivizes the law firm to operate inefficiently! If a lawyer can claim that they took an hour to file paperwork instead of 15 minutes, they can take more of your cash. More importantly, it makes clients less inclined to interact with their own lawyers! It seems insane to pay for legal help when you can’t even talk to them without losing money!
Instead, it’s recommended to find a personal injury lawyer who charges a flat fee or percentage. This way you’re working with someone who isn’t nickel and diming you. And someone who you can talk to without watching the clock. Plus, if a lawyer’s fee is based on a percentage of the money from your settlement, they’ll be incentivized to fight to get you every penny possible!
3. Meet Your Attorney & Read Testimonials
The final tip is to meet with your potential attorney and get to know their intentions. Are they rushing you in and out of the office like you’re on an assembly line? Or do they get to know you and your case? If they are invested in your case and care about your hardship, they will put more effort into helping you get justice.
You can also check out their testimonials and see what other people are saying about them! If real people have had great experiences with a personal injury lawyer and those testimonials are available for everyone to see, it’s a good sign that the attorney really cares about his/her clients!
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4. Discuss the Specifics of Your Legal Case
As you meet your attorney, be sure to discuss the specifics of your legal case. Ask if they have worked on cases like yours. Ideally, you’ll want to hire a lawyer with experience dealing with the specific nuances of your legal matter. For instance, if you are involved in a bus accident, a lawyer who has successfully tried other cases against the school district or city would have specialized knowledge about your case. Sometimes, your lawyer might advise you not to take legal action if they don’t feel that the case would be successful or if the other party doesn’t have assets available to compensate you.
5. Clarify Communication Expectations
Before making any final decision on what law group to hire, clarify what types of communication you can expect from the lawyer. Will they provide you with regular updates about your case? Will you speak directly with the lawyer or with a member of his support team? Will you need to schedule regular in-person meetings? Making sure that you’re on the same page regarding communication can reduce possible miscommunication later.
We hope these three tips help you find the best personal injury lawyer for you! Some law firms take advantage of their clients. Others truly care about the wellbeing of those who have suffered and need justice. At The Kryder Law Group, we not only charge only after we win a client’s case (charging them nothing upfront). We also never charge by the hour. Helping our clients get justice after they’ve suffered is what drives us, and what our clients say about us reflects that!
If you or a loved one has experienced an injury, please contact us for a free consultation today!