Selecting the right construction accident attorney is one of the most important decisions you’ll make over the course of a personal injury lawsuit. The right attorney can mean the difference between having your case dismissed and reaching a meaningful settlement or award. And your relationship with your attorney will dictate how you feel about the challenging experience of fighting a legal battle.
Ultimately, selecting the right construction accident attorney will be a deeply personal choice. Still, considering several factors can help you find great lawyers to choose between and choose the best fit among them.
Where to start?
There are many ways to go about finding an attorney. Google searches and databases like findlaw.com and avvo.com will provide access to hundreds of potential attorneys. But is that the best place to begin your search?
According to Forbes, the best place to start is by asking for a referral. Friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues all may have had an attorney to whom they can introduce you. Beyond personal references, Forbes also recommends martintale.com and superlawyers.com as online references. Martindale.com rates lawyers effectively, and superlawyers.com only lists attorneys who have been recommended by other lawyers.
What to consider?
There are many factors to consider when hiring a construction accident lawyer. According to LegalZoom, the most critical are:
Areas of expertise
It’s important to make sure the attorney you hire specializes in construction injury law. A general personal injury law practice may not have the expertise you need to pursue your lawsuit effectively.
Over the course of a lawsuit, legal costs can add up. An experienced lawyer should be able to estimate the costs after your initial consultation, so you have at least a ballpark idea of how much you’ll have to pay.
The legal team
There are two aspects to this. A solo construction accident attorney will handle your case directly and be responsible to you, but that attorney might also outsource some of the work to another firm. A large firm, on the other hand, may have a more robust team that will generally perform better in complex litigation, but the services of another firm may cost more.
While you pursue your case, it’s important that you receive the kind of communication you want and need. Make sure the attorney is prepared to meet your expectations, so you don’t feel left out or uninformed about something so important to you that you’ve decided to bring legal action.
The importance of a consultation
Consulting with an attorney before signing an agreement of representation is very important, even if the attorney was referred by someone you trust. During that consultation, you can expect a construction accident attorney to assess the merits of your case, estimate costs, explain any applicable contingency arrangement, and answer your questions. You’ll get a good sense of whether you’re getting the individual and team that can help you win.
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