How Do I Choose A Personal Injury Attorney?
Finding the right personal injury attorney is important. After you’ve experienced a preventable accident, the one thing you shouldn’t have to worry about is knowing whether you’ve hired the right attorney.
Before choosing an attorney, it’s important to understand exactly what a personal injury attorney is. Personal injury attorneys specialize in cases that fall under “tort law.” Tort law includes cases that stem from accidents like those caused by automobiles, unsafe workplaces, defective products or wrongful death claims.
A good personal injury attorney is a skilled trial lawyer and negotiator, has a deep understanding of medical diagnoses and processes related to injuries and should, of course, be regulated and licensed by their state bar association.
How Much and What Kind of Experience Do They Have?
Personal injury law covers a wide span of areas. Find an attorney that has been taking on cases like yours for a long period of time. Research what they specialize in and make sure it matches with your type of case.
Ask about their trial experience. If your case is expected to go to trial, you want someone on your side that has been in front of a court many times before.
What is their Record?
Beyond experience, make sure your attorney has a record of success in trials similar to the one you’ll be experiencing. If a medical device hurt you, they should have success in trials against medical device manufacturers or pharmaceutical companies. If you were hurt in a workplace accident, they should have success in workers compensation cases. Don’t be completely blinded by experience alone – make sure it’s paired with success.
What’s Their Reputation?
We’ve all heard it – a good reputation goes a long way. Ask the attorney for referrals from past clients and do diligent online research to check out their reputation and disciplinary record. It’s always smart to check Google reviews, Facebook reviews and Avvo, as well. Your state bar association could be an asset during the step, as well. They may have a hotline you can call for referral services.
If you’re located in Northwest Arkansas and are in need of a personal injury attorney, consider Rainwater, Holt & Sexton. A Fayetteville personal injury attorney is well versed in Arkansas-specific litigation, and we always offer free consultations.