An accident attorney can mean the difference between a successful compensation for your injuries or ending up with nothing after personal injury. You need to choose the right attorney to get the job done, and here are a few tips to help you do just that:
Know what field the attorney specializes in
Not all attorneys are created equal, or in this case equally experienced. Some are skilled in car accident cases, others specialize in assault injuries, while others still specialize in handling on-the-job accidents. Selecting an accident attorney who is quite familiar with your kind of accident will greatly help in ensuring his competence with cases similar to yours.
Review the attorneys history
Another powerful indicator of an attorneys competence is his history of handling cases. This does not mean, however, that you should rely on the win-lose ratio of a lawyer alone. You also need to check the context by which an accident attorney wins or loses a case. Some skilled lawyers take on hard jobs and do their best with impossible situations, while other cases won have certain complications that push the case in the plaintiffs advantage.
Read the terms and conditions
Signing up an attorney to handle your case has certain conditions attached. You may find yourself in some serious financial and legal trouble if you fail to meet the conditions as indicated in the contract. You will not only avoid expensive fees and penalties if you know what you are doing and where the limitations of the lawyer are, but you will also get a faint idea of how things will go down in the court proceedings.
Negotiate the costs
Just because an accident attorney presents a price to you does not mean you cannot negotiate a lower fee. Try not to do this in a very aggressive and immovable way, though, since you need to maintain an amicable working relationship with your lawyer if you want him to work hard to win you compensation. Be objective about how and where you will lower the bill. You can even cite your financial situation as a bargaining chip, but just remember not to be too stubborn about lowering prices.
Make a list of backup attorneys
Do not be content with selecting just one attorney. Make a quick list of attorneys for you to choose from, just in case something goes wrong and your attorney fails to get the ball rolling in court. This also helps you make comparisons between attorney rates, as well as getting an even better idea of how things are done.
Read the attorneys motivation
The last but definitely not the least tip about choosing an accident attorney is to read his motivation in taking your case. If they are excessively nosy and particular about the pay, then you know your attorney is just after the cash rather than your success in court. If they are more concerned about winning the case, then you have an attorney who will get you where you want to go at the end of the court session.