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What to Know Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Close-Up Of Businessmen Using TouchpadIf you’ve been injured due to the fault of another party, you should be taking legal action in order to seek proper damages. However, personal injury law and the process can be very unfamiliar and intimidating.

What to Know Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Whether you need legal guidance for a work related injury or due to medical malpractice, there are some things you need to be aware beforehand so you can be as efficient as possible working with legal counsel.

Gathering Your Personal Injury Information

Something that too many people overlook when it comes to pursuing legal action is how much paperwork is needed surrounding your incident. Before you even start looking for a personal injury lawyer, make sure you’re collecting as much of the listed documentation and information as possible related to your case:

  • Medical records and the physician report(s), pre-existing conditions made worse by the incident, any x-rays or other test results, and ongoing treatment expenses since the incident.
  • Details about the incident including, but not limited to, date, time, location, weather, and traffic at the time (if applicable).
  • Information about other vehicles involved, the drivers, any passengers, and witness contact information.
  • Police reports if it was an accident.
  • Your insurance information and the insurance information of any involved parties.
  • Any correspondence you’ve had with insurance companies or other parties that could be useful in court.
  • Wages or other income lost because of the incident ramifications.

Whether you were involved in a traffic collision or injured at work, the better prepared you are, even before finding a lawyer, the better off you’ll be.

Find a Specialized Law Firm

When looking to pursue legal action, it’s so important to bring your case to the right type of firm that will advocate for you as effectively a possible. While there are a seemingly endless number of lawyers out there capable of taking your case, you want to focus on finding a law firm that specializes in personal injury law. These firms know how to get you the best results possible. They possess a niche expertise about these type of incidents and know the best ways to represent your case. A personal injury specialist will aggressively fight for your cause and not settle for less than what you deserve from those who caused you harm.

Not all Injury Lawyers are Created Equal

Understanding that there are a number of lawyers out there, be mindful of the ones who might be a detriment to your cause. Avoid a lawyer or firm that guarantees a fixed amount of damages. Since every case and incident is unique, it’s impossible to know how much monetary compensation you’ll receive. These types of guarantees should be a red flag. Also, make sure that the lawyer is setting expectations when it comes to keeping you informed about your case and their communication to you. If you find a lawyer who doesn’t want to keep you looped in and involved in the process, that also means they might be trying to hide deficiencies in their own legal understanding. Your lawyer needs to be transparent with you throughout the case, and anything less is another sign you should avoid them moving forward.

Regardless of how you were injured, make sure you take the right action in pursuing damages. With preparation and by working alongside the right personal injury lawyer you can get what you deserve.

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16 Responses

  1. I appreciate the list of documentation needed because I feel like I’ve been very forgetful since my accident and I also hadn’t thought about collecting the weather conditions. You listed a lot of paperwork, and while I am willing to gather all of it up is it usually best to do so before trying to find a lawyer or is it all right to be in the process of collecting it while trying to find one? I would like to find a lawyer as soon as possible because I will need to start paying for my medical bills soon and cannot afford them.

  2. Hey Josh. Good share. Thanks for sharing this useful information about personal injury lawyers. You have listed the important points in a very nice way. These things are really very essential and people must be aware of all these points before hiring a personal injury lawyer.

    Working with the right injury lawyer can lead the case towards success and the compensation of the loss can be attained as well.

  3. I appreciated your tip on gathering your personal medical history before hiring an injury lawyer. It seems like this would be a good way to ensure clarity and transparency between you and your attorney. My sister recently had some hassle with an injury lawyer, I wonder if getting organized beforehand would have helped her.

  4. It is a great suggestion to gather all your personal injury information together before hiring a lawyer. I can imagine that they would need all sorts of details, like medical record, police reports, and personal information. It would be good to keep these on hand when you look for someone to hire. That way they can take a look and let you know right away if they will be able to help you.

  5. I’m going to be filing a personal injury lawsuit in a few weeks, and I’ve decided to hire a lawyer to help me with my case. I’ve never worked with a personal injury lawyer, though, so I’m happy that I found your post! I especially liked what you mentioned about gathering all of the information about my accident so that I can give it to the lawyer. I think that doing this will help make my case go smoothly! I’m going to be meeting with my lawyer in a week, so I’ll be sure to gather everything I need before I go to talk with her! Thank you for the advice!

  6. Getting hurt at work is no joke and should always be taken seriously. Like you said, it is always a good idea to gather up your personal injury information. You wouldn’t want the lawyer to have no information; they wouldn’t be able to help you!

  7. I’ve been wanting to learn more about the law field and how it works. There are ton of things that go into this and its hard to know what field does what. This article helped though and I hope that I can figure this out.

  8. Nash Rich

    It makes sense that you should get all of your information together. Though, it sounds like it may be a daunting task. I bet it makes the process for the lawyers a lot easier. It would be faster for you in the long run too, to get what you need.

  9. Thank you for the advice to gather all documents before even trying to find a lawyer. I will make sure that I get that in order first. Is it okay if I start looking for a lawyer after gather most of it or will they need all the information that I could possibly locate in order to help me?

  10. The necessary paperwork needed for a personal injury case really is the one point where a lot of people looking to pursue legal action slip up. The article does a fantastic job of providing a list of the kinds of paperwork a personal injury case might need, especially about wages that were lost because of the incident. It might even be a good idea to hire a personal injury attorney just to help you gather all of the necessary papers.

  11. That’s interesting to know that about collecting medical records and physician reports before hiring a personal injury lawyer. How long do you have to collect them before it’s considered too late to file an injury report? For example, my uncle got injured on the job and he went into the physician’s office to get cured and was told to wait for the report of his injury. The problem is that it’s been about three weeks now since he went in and still hasn’t go the report.

  12. One of my friends was in a car accident and was hurt during it, he is now looking for a lawyer to hire. He does not know what to do, but I think he would like these tips, and find them useful. I agree that he should gather all of his injury information first then see what can be done.

  13. Thanks so much for sharing this advice! I can definitely see how defining your injury as work-related or medical malpractice can help you before you even look for an attorney. When you have one of those two types of injuries, you’re going to want to have a lawyer who is very experienced with that specific area of the law. After all, I’m sure that medical malpractice and work-related injuries have pretty laws and regulations.

  14. Thanks for the article! I thought it was interesting that you suggest finding a specialized firm for your case. Having a lawyer that is particularly trained in your case type will be the best option for you to win. When my grandmother got in a car accident she decided to hire a lawyer to help he receive the monetary compensation for her pain. This process has been going on for a while and having a good lawyer has been key in them doing well and not giving up. I really appreciate your advice and I hope to apply these tips in the future.

  15. I think it’s interesting that you should take your case to the right law firm. I always assumed that all law firms could help you with any case. I will have to remember that if I ever am in need of a lawyer. Thanks for the information.

  16. I appreciate all of the information on what documents to bring and how to prepare fully for filing this type of case. While I want a qualified professional, I think that being prepared and put-together myself would help them to do the best that they can. I will be taking your tip and looking into a law firm that specializes in personal injury, and in similar cases to mine if I can. Thank you for all of the helpful information!

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