7 Critical Mistakes You Must Avoid When Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Mistake #1: Hiring a lawyer who doesn't specialize in personal injury law. Attorneys who focus in a specific area of law build credibility with judges, defense attorneys and insurance adjusters. In addition, they have access to expert witnesses who can strengthen aspects of your case.

Mistake #2: Hiring a lawyer who guarantees an outcome or specific settlement. There are too many unknown factors for any lawyer to predict results. What a reputable lawyer can do is explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case – but only after a complete understanding of your situation.

Mistake #3: Hiring a lawyer who won't go to trial. If an insurance company knows there's no threat of losing big at trial, you could get stuck with a lower settlement. Also, keep in mind, some attorneys unnecessarily go to trial because they can collect larger fees.

Mistake #4: Hiring a lawyer who doesn't have a track record of successful cases. You have a better chance for a successful settlement when your attorney has handled numerous claims similar to yours.

Mistake #5: Hiring a lawyer who won't represent you throughout your entire case. It's not uncommon for a senior attorney to secure you as a client and then turn your case over to an assistant. Obviously, you want the most experienced lawyer negotiating on your behalf.

Mistake #6: Hiring a lawyer who is hesitant to explain fees. You want an attorney who works on a contingent-fee basis, meaning you only pay legal fees if the lawyer wins your case.

Mistake #7: Hiring a well-qualified lawyer who you're not comfortable with. You're more likely to have a successful outcome if there's trust between you and your attorney. If you don't feel comfortable communicating with your lawyer, it's time to find someone else.

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