If you’re facing an injury from an accident—such as a car accident, dog bite or slip and fall—you may need medical treatment. You may miss weeks or months of work. You may suddenly become disabled and unable to do the things you once enjoyed or even daily tasks.
An accident can change your life in a second. When you are recovering from your injuries, it’s important to have someone your side who will fight for your legal rights.
That’s where a lawyer comes in. A good personal injury attorney will ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries. They will do what it takes—even if it means going to trial—to make sure you are fully compensated for all your damages.
You may see or hear numerous ads for lawyers. How do you find the right one for your case and your specific situation? Read on to find out what qualities you should look for and how to find lawyers that meet your needs.
Local to You
This may seem pretty obvious, but many law firms you see advertised on TV are actually nationwide. They vet calls from all across the country and have various lawyers take on these cases. These law firms get hundreds of clients and try to settle these cases as quickly as possible. They offer no personalized service and no local office to help. This means you may have to settle for a lowball offer.
Don’t let this happen to you. Choose a law firm that actually has experience working cases in New Hampshire. That way you can meet with the lawyer in person and can a feel for his or her personality.
Ability to Value Your Claim
You should ask your lawyer how he or she will value your claim. This is an important skill that all good lawyers need to know. The right lawyer will calculate both current and future economic damages. They will also account for emotional damages. If the accident has caused a permanent disability, that will also add to your claim. There are many calculators available to help with valuation. If your lawyer isn’t interested in helping you get the most money possible, and simply wants to hurry up and settle, find a different lawyer.
Experience With Your Type of Accident
Each state has different laws, but New Hampshire personal injury lawyers know the laws of that state. They know how long you have to file a claim and what your chances are of winning. They have likely dealt with hundreds or even thousands of cases similar to yours. They know what evidence to look for and how to deal with insurance companies. They can determine whether you should seek a settlement or opt for a trial. They have the various protocols down pat.
Experience is also important. There are many types of personal injury. For example, if you’ve suffered an injury in a car accident, you want an attorney experienced in those types of cases. Each type of case is different, so you want to be sure to work with an attorney who will do the best work for you.
You Like Their Personality
In a sense, finding a lawyer is like finding a date. You want someone whose personality you mesh with. While you won’t be spending romantic dates with your lawyer, you will likely be spending a lot of time together over the next few months.
The lawyer you choose has an obligation to protect your legal rights. This person will need you to open up to them and tell them your side of the story so he or she can build a solid case for you. If you don’t feel comfortable with your lawyer or have a hard time communicating with them because they don’t explain their answers, it’s time to find someone new.
Performance is Important
You might find a lawyer who is nice and willing to work with you, but how far will that take you? Above you, a lawyer needs to show results. If your lawyer is so nice that he’s afraid to go to court for you, that’s a red flag. You want someone who is willing to go the extra step for you. Ask about recent settlements and verdicts before committing to a lawyer. If the lawyer has only a few or none at all, or the award amounts are quite small, find someone who can prove they got what it takes to help you recover compensation.
Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer
So how do you go about finding the best personal injury lawyer for your case? A good place to start is to search online. You can find several lawyers in your area who specialize in the type of injury you suffered. You can then search online reviews to see what previous clients have to say. You should be wary of those with numerous negative reviews.
You could also ask friends and family members to recommend someone. Many clients will readily recommend someone who has a good reputation and treats clients fairly. You should also be able to ask lawyers for references and they should be able to provide you with names and numbers of satisfied clients. If they won’t allow you to speak with them, that’s not a good sign.
Be careful when choosing a lawyer based solely on a newspaper or TV ad. Advertisements tend to embellish the truth. These ads may also make promises or list cheap prices. Don’t fall for these. Be sure you know exactly what you’re getting into before you choose an attorney based on an ad.
Call a New Hampshire Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you suffered personal injury through a motor vehicle accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, product liability case or premises liability case, seek medical attention right away. Then call a New Hampshire personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Sabbeth Law are known for protecting clients and helping them obtain fair compensation for their injuries. Contact our office at (802) 457-1112 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.