When you’ve been injured in a vehicle accident, you need legal representation. If you’ve never hired an attorney before, the process can seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be difficult.
Research Your Attorney’s Credentials
A good place to begin is by researching an attorney’s credentials online. Simply having a license to practice law doesn’t necessarily mean that a lawyer is qualified to handle your case properly. Look for board certifications and peer ratings from other attorneys. Ensure that you find an attorney who has handled your type of litigation before, and one who is willing to take your case to trial, if necessary.
While it is true that most cases settle out of court, you need an attorney who isn’t afraid to go to trial in order to get a fair outcome for his client. Request any promotional materials provided by the attorney. Many lawyers offer a free DVD or booklet to introduce you to their practice, and these materials will give you a good idea of what to expect if you choose to hire them.
Questions to Ask When Meeting With an Attorney
You’ll need representation by a lawyer with a history of successfully handling vehicle accident claims. There are a few simple questions you can ask when meeting with an attorney, to get a better idea of his qualifications. These include:
- What percentage of your litigation involves personal injury cases?
- How many personal injury cases have you successfully handled?
- Has most of your personal injury litigation experience come from dealing with vehicle accident cases?
- How often will you communicate with me about my case?
- How should my case proceed from here?
You Need an Attorney
When you have injuries resulting from a vehicle accident, you need professional representation by an attorney with the experience necessary to win your case. You need a lawyer who you can have full confidence in. To learn more, contact the Law Office of Ben Crittenden to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.