What are Better Ways to Choose Your Personal Injury Lawyer?
Instead of relying on television ads or billboards that you see around Los Angeles, you should do your own personal research about the attorneys whom you are considering. You can research to find out if the attorneys have received any awards. If the attorneys have received awards, you should check the validity fo them. You will want to find out what criteria are used to receive awards such as being named as a Super Lawyer or having a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo. Check with the California State Bar to see if the lawyer has any disciplinary record. If the attorney does, you might want to steer clear. If the attorney who you are considering has received awards and is in good standing with the state bar, you should investigate what others have said about the experiences that they have had with the lawyer. You can search on the internet for reviews of the lawyer. Finally, you can also ask your friends and family for recommendations, but it is important that you make certain that they were actually represented by the firm.
If your friends or family members recommend their former attorneys whose practice is primarily in a different area of law, you should instead search for a lawyer who is experienced in handling personal injury claims. Finally, when you meet with the lawyer for a consultation, ask him or her about his or her track record. Ask about his or her litigation and trial experience. Even if your case is eventually resolved in a settlement, knowing that your lawyer is willing to go to trial if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer is important for your ability to obtain the maximal recovery amount so that your losses are covered. To learn more, contact Steven M. Sweat, Personal Injury Lawyers, APC to schedule your free consultation.