Hiring a personal injury solicitor is necessary for those who have a personal injury claim against another party, or if another party has a personal injury claim against you. When trying to find the right solicitor, there are usually many options available, but that doesn’t mean you should hire the first lawyer you meet or talk to you about your case.
Follow these 6 steps to help you find the right personal injury solicitor:
If you’re looking for the right personal injury lawyer, then follow these steps to help you:
1. Do some research.
Not all lawyers can help you with your specific case because they may not practice in your area of law. If you are sure that you have a personal injury claim against another person, or you have a claim filed against you, then you definitely need to hire a personal injury lawyer because they will have the necessary experience to help you with your claim or to help defend your case.
2. Follow a formula for choosing.
To know whether or not a solicitor is a good one, you need to use a formula to help you decide.
Apply this formula (questions) to help narrow down your list:
· Can they practice law in your area?
· What areas do they practice law?
· Do they have a good reputation?
· How many years of experience in personal injury law do they have?
· Do they have formal complaints and suspensions on their record?
· Do they have a proven track record of winning cases?
3. Get some personal referrals.
You’ve not got a formula or criteria to follow, ask friends, family, and coworkers if they have any personal referrals. Check into each referral by applying the formula. Don’t feel like you need to hire them just because someone else had a good experience with them. Applying the formula will help you determine if they are a good fit or not.
4. Google potential candidates.
Google solicitors in your area and see if you can find any websites or online reviews. Visit their website to see what you learn about them. Try using different search terms to get different results. Search by location and injury claim. For example, if you have whiplash and live in Dublin, then you can try searching for ‘Whiplash claims solicitors in Dublin’.
5. Start calling the firms on your list.
You should have a strong list of candidates at this point and a weaker list of candidates as well. Give your strong list a call and see what you else you can learn about them. Compile your best candidates on a list.
6. Make an appointment with your top choices.
Take your list of the best candidates and start scheduling consultations. Some firms will schedule an in-person consult or a consult by phone. This is where you will really determine which solicitor is best for your and your case. Choose the right one and get started on your claim.