In this article, we will address a crucial topic for any immigrant in the United States: how to find a good personal injury lawyer. Although it may seem like a straightforward task, the reality is that there are several factors you need to consider.
First of all, don’t be swayed by advertising. A lawyer with many ads on television, radio, or newspapers is not necessarily the best. Moreover, it’s likely that you won’t be attended by the same lawyer you see in the ads, especially if the firm has offices all over the country.
If you’ve already worked with a lawyer on another type of case (immigration, labor, divorce, etc.), that’s a good place to start. Call that firm and ask if they handle personal injury cases or if they can recommend someone trustworthy. You can also ask for recommendations from family and friends who have had a good experience with a lawyer.
If you don’t have any references, the internet is your best ally. Check ratings and reviews on social media and websites like Google and Facebook. Don’t worry if you see one or two negative comments; what’s important is the overall trend.
Once you’ve made a list of potential lawyers, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Bring a list of questions and take notes during the meeting. Observe how you’re treated from the moment you arrive: the office environment, the staff’s attitude, and, of course, the attention given by the lawyer. All of these are indicators of the quality of service you can expect.
It’s common for some law firms to contact people who have had an accident without being called by them. This kind of practice is counterproductive and goes against the disciplinary laws of the Bar Association. If this happens to you, simply decline the offer and continue your search.
Finally, make sure you understand how the fees work. In personal injury cases, a percentage of the compensation is usually charged. Make sure everything is clear and in writing in a contract.
Finding a good personal injury lawyer can be a complicated process, but with the right research and precautions, you can find someone who will truly represent and defend your interests. If you need help or have any additional questions, feel free to contact us at Abogados Centro Legal by calling us at 205 506 2129 or by scheduling an appointment.