If you have been injured, you may be entitled to compensation. This compensation can take the form of reimbursement for medical bills, including rehabilitation. You may even be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. You will need to hire a personal injury attorney; however, you will want to hire one that will be able to get you the most money possible. The following are three tips to help you find this type of attorney.
1. Find an attorney who works on a contingency basis
If you're like most people, you probably can't afford an attorney, especially if the case were to last an extended period of time. Even without going to court, an attorney's billable hours can add up quickly. However, many attorneys will work on a contingency basis. When the case is settled, they will take their portion of the award as their fee. If there is no settlement or you lose in court, then you will pay nothing. This type of agreement has the advantage to motivate an attorney to only take winnable cases, so if an attorney is willing to work for you on contingency, you likely have a good case.
2. Try to find an attorney with experience with your injury
Technically speaking, attorneys don't specialize in areas of the law, but when you look at the types of cases they work on, they do have a lot of experience in certain areas of civil litigation. When an attorney has this type of experience, he or she will understand the nuances of the law. They will know the strategies that insurance companies will implement. Many personal injury attorneys have experience with car accidents, but what if you were injured on your motorcycle or bicycle? What if you were a pedestrian? You want to make sure that the attorney has experience with your particular injury.
3. Find an attorney with trial experience
Negotiating a settlement with insurance companies is an important skill, but you also want an attorney that has been to court and won cases. Insurance companies will have more respect for this type of attorney and will likely settle for a higher amount than they would with an attorney will a poor record in a courtroom. If, for example, you have been bitten by a dog, you will want an attorney that has successfully won this type of case in court.
Getting all of the financial compensation you are entitled to begins with hiring a personal injury attorney. But take the time to find one who will be motivated to get you the largest amount of money possible and also has the experience to do so. You need to ask about their experience negotiating with insurance companies regarding your circumstances, as well as their record in taking cases to court.
For more information, contact your local personal injury lawyer.