Common Mistakes in Choosing Your Personal Injury Lawyer
Hiring your personal injury lawyer is the first and most important step in getting your case started. Did you know that hiring the wrong lawyer could actually cost you more? Here are some mistakes you don’t want to make when choosing your attorneys.
Mistake #1: Hiring an inexperienced lawyer.
Choosing your lawyer is the most important step. The most important factor in choosing your lawyer is their experience in handling cases like yours. Their knowledge, skills, and judgment all play a big part in whether you should hire them or not. In most cases, the compensation you get is either from the other person’s insurance company or yours. They will try to pay you as little as possible, so they can maintain their deep pockets. Making sure your lawyer has the experience needed to handle your case is what allows you to get the compensation you deserve.
Mistake #2: Hiring a lawyer who promises you the most money.
Your compensation is also referred to as “damages”. They are based on the length of your recovery, the total cost of medical bills, the total amount of lost wages, the seriousness of your injuries, and your pain & suffering. Your case cannot be assigned a dollar amount until all of these factors are on the table. Any lawyer who promises you a certain amount upfront is making a promise he cannot keep.
Mistake #3: Hiring a lawyer based on appearance.
We have all heard the old saying “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” This is true for lawyers, too. A fancy office and a nice car don’t always reflect the lawyer’s success or experience. Don’t choose your lawyer because of a public image. Choose your lawyer based on experience, skills, and willingness to fight for you.
Mistake #4: Hiring a lawyer based on location.
Did you know Petro Accident and Injury has two offices in Alabama? We are located in Huntsville and Birmingham and our attorneys are licensed to practice in the state of Alabama. This means we can represent anyone who has a personal injury case that has happened in the state of Alabama. Most of our conversations and documents can be handled by phone calls and new technology. You might find that choosing our office is a little farther away, but it could mean more money in your pocket.
We offer free consultations to help you get on the right track with your case. Give us a call at 256-533-5000 to schedule today!