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What to Look For In Your Personal Injury Law Firm?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Noise, there is a lot of it in the personal injury lawyer space. Personal injury lawyer marketing ranges from the blatantly silly to the obscenely insincere. Both give personal injury lawyers a bad name.

Every law firm that practices personal injury law advertises and you are only confronted with the best side of that law firm on a billboard, television commercial, radio commercial, yellow pages, internet, etc. All of this can be confusing if you are a novice personal injury victim, which is true of almost all.

In full disclosure, Overbey, Hawkins & Wright uses all of these mediums (and then some) to get our message to you. Some means are more effective than others. But with all of the noise in this space, how are you, the victim, suppose to discern which law firm is the best for you. This is not an easy question and I do not purport to have all of the answers.

From our perspective, there are several things you should look for in your personal injury law firm before you sign documents hiring that firm. As a general matter, the law firm should be concerned with your physical and emotional recovery just as much as your financial recovery. Often your financial recovery is entirely dependent on your emotional and physical recovery.

Here is a short list of what I think should be important to you. The law firm should

  1. Help you with obtaining your med pay
  2. Help you get treatment when you have limited resources to give to your doctors
  3. Encourage you to make all of your appointments and get all of the necessary treatment
  4. Teach you through the process of litigation.
  5. Teach you how cases are evaluated.
  6. Negotiate your medical liens and insurance liens discussed more fully here.

You’ll notice that I used the word teach several times. Don’t let your lawyers talk down to you. Hire a lawyer who is willing to teach instead of dictate. If you don’t understand, ask your lawyer to explain. Ask you lawyer about these things when you meet for the first time. If you feel like the law firm is interested in you as a person, then hire them. If not, then don’t.

These are just a few examples of what you should look for when you are interviewing lawyers and law firms to represent you in your personal injury case.