Those who have never needed an attorney before may be overwhelmed by the options and unsure of how to pick the right lawyer for their needs.
There are a few ways to find a lawyer, some of which are recommended and some of which are not. Learn more about the ways to get a consultation after an accident, then set up a few to find the right lawyer.
Local attorneys are always the better option, as they have experience with the local court system and know what to expect from the cases they'll handle. It's possible to visit websites like bruninglegal.com to get more information about local attorneys and to find out if they might be a good option. If so, take the time to schedule a consultation to learn more about them and how they'd handle the case.
The bar website for every state will list lawyers who are admitted to the bar and able to practice in the state. This can be a good place to start looking, though it is recommended potential clients check out the lawyers' websites before calling for a consultation. This also allows the client to make sure the attorneys they're interested in working with are in good standing with the state bar.
Some attorneys will scan the news, police reports, fire reports, and more to learn about personal injury cases, then call those who are injured to offer their services. Though they are regulated by the SEC and must follow certain laws for cold calling, it's generally not a good idea to opt for one of these attorneys. In most cases, cold calling is against the ethics required of a lawyer, and those who do this are likely not doing well enough to have cases come to them. It's better to avoid them and look for a better attorney to handle the case.
Hotlines have been created to connect car accident victims with lawyers and legal advice. The main issue here is that the lawyers providing advice over the phone may not be local, so they cannot give specific advice for a case. Additionally, most of the people who answer the calls are not lawyers and cannot legally provide any advice. It's better to avoid the hotlines and look for local lawyers to get the right help to achieve a better outcome of the case.
Once a few attorneys have been found, it's time to schedule the consultation. It should be possible to schedule a consultation within the next few days or a week at the most. If an appointment cannot be scheduled quickly, it's likely the attorney is too busy and may not have time to give the case the attention it deserves. Schedule a consultation with at least a few lawyers, then talk to them to learn more about the case, how they expect the case to go, and how they'll work to obtain more compensation for the client.
Hiring a lawyer can be hard for those who just aren't sure where to look for the right lawyer. If you're ready to start looking for an attorney to handle your case, use the information here to look in the right places and pick out an attorney who is going to work hard for you.