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How to Choose the Best Personal Injury Attorney

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Every person in his life, under different circumstances, gets injured. In some cases, the help of an experienced lawyer is needed. Brooks & Radchenko will help you figure out important issues.

It’s not enough to know how to find a good attorney, you have to know how to choose a good personal injury attorney in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area. The question of how to choose the right attorney is not as straightforward as it might seem.

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Checklist in Choosing a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing a good personal injury attorney in a large metro area like Dallas/Fort Worth is like searching through an endless field for a four-leaf clover. Following are some ways to narrow down your choices.

Experience

When you are determining how to choose an attorney, the experience should be at the top of your list. Law is a very broad field. Drafting living trusts, for example, doesn’t qualify your attorney to handle a personal injury case. You need a lawyer who knows all the insurance company tricks, who has proven their ability to win in court, and who knows all the local players, including the judges.

Disciplinary Record

When deciding how to choose an attorney for personal injury, you don’t want to hire an attorney with a serious disciplinary record. Every Texas attorney must be a member of the State Bar of Texas to practice law in-state. You can search the State Bar of Texas website to view the disciplinary record (if any) of any Texas-qualified lawyer.

Sometimes judges will give out-of-state attorneys special permission to handle a case in Texas.   In that case, look to the attorney’s home state bar association website for their disciplinary record.

Reputation

A personal injury lawyer’s reputation comprises at least two dimensions:

  • Their reputation among their peers.
  • Their reputation among their clients.

Among these two, the letter is the most important. The Internet is a great resource for checking a lawyer’s reputation among both clients and peers. It is also a wonderful resource for teaching you how to choose an injury attorney.

Track Record

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A personal injury lawyer’s track record in court is important, even if you plan to settle your claim out of court (as most claimants do). The reason is that the opposing party has no motivation to negotiate with you unless they fear you will defeat them in court otherwise. Their track record at the bargaining table is essential, too, of course.

Resources

One of the more underrated factors in the art of how to choose a personal injury attorney is resources. To resolve a complex personal injury case, for example after a car accident, something more than just an excellent lawyer is required. Your lawyer needs access to a network of:

  • Quality doctors will be willing to place a lien on your personal injury compensation so that you can get the best medical treatment right now.
  • Expert witnesses to determine the medical standard of care or to forecast future medical expenses.
  • Accident reconstruction specialists.

An experienced lawyer will have many experts of various sorts in their network. Your lawyer will also need the time and energy to handle your case. A conscientious lawyer knows how to avoid “biting off more than they can chew” with their caseload.

Convenience

If you have suffered a serious injury, one problem you don’t need is a personal injury lawyer who makes you come to their office to meet them. Your attorney should ‌ meet you in the hospital, at home, or wherever you need to meet. A good personal injury lawyer will take care of your case as much as possible while you focus on regaining your health.

Communication

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Knowledge of the law is not enough. Good negotiation skills or breathtaking courtroom oratory are not enough either. Your lawyer needs the ability to communicate with you one-on-one. They must explain complex legal matters in simple terms and explain how they apply to your case. They should keep you updated at all times and be ready to answer your questions, so you can feel comfortable and confident going forward.

Comfortability

It’s crucial that you feel comfortable and secure with your attorney. You will need to discuss the details of your case, some of which could be personal, and you will most likely feel vulnerable doing so. For this reason, having a good rapport and feeling at ease with your attorney is a necessity, as well as feeling confident in their ability to properly defend you.

Questions to Ask Your Personal Injury Attorney

Just about any personal injury lawyer will offer you a free initial consultation. How do you make the most of this opportunity? What questions should you ask an attorney? It’s not obvious which questions to ask an attorney. Nevertheless, asking the right questions is critical to choosing the right personal injury lawyer. Following are some of the questions you might ask an attorney at initial consultation:

  • What percentage of your practice do you devote to personal injury cases?
  • How many personal injury cases have you handled?
  • How many trials have you handled? What percentage of your trials did you win?
  • Do you work on a contingency fee (“no win, no pay”) basis?
  • Can you provide references from previous clients?
  • Will you handle my case yourself, or will you pass it off to a subordinate?

There are many other questions you might ask a lawyer during an initial consultation.

Conclusion

Your choice of personal injury attorney might just turn out to be the most important decision you make in your entire case. If you have suffered a personal injury in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex area, don’t delay.

Call Brooks & Radchenko at (903) 818-8681, or simply contact us online for a free initial case review. Should you choose to hire us, we will give you our cell phone number, and we will strive to be available whenever you need us.

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