When Choosing an Injury Attorney, What Should You Look for and What Should You Ask?

stockfresh_4903617_legal-advice-on-orange-puzzle_sizeS-300x300When you have been injured in an accident, you may instinctively know that you need legal representation to file a personal injury claim. But amid a sea of attorneys in North Carolina and South Carolina all clamoring for your business, how do you decide which law firm is best suited to handle your case?

Selecting the Right Law Firm for Your Claim

If your car breaks down, you want to know that the mechanic fixing your car has worked on your make and model before. In a similar way, it is important to seek out an attorney who has experience handling personal injury cases if you have suffered a personal injury.

There are important deadlines that must be met and procedures that must be followed in order for your personal injury lawsuit to make it to the settlement table or to trial if necessary. Do not entrust your legal rights to an attorney or law firm that does not have experience representing personal injury clients with claims like yours.

Why Attorneys’ Credentials Matter

Many attorneys advertise their credentials such as awards they have won, professional societies to which they belong and their past results. These can be important factors in determining whether a particular attorney is right for you and your case.

Professional memberships and awards are an indication that an attorney has developed a certain level of experience and reputation in a particular area of the law. Many of our firm’s attorneys are members of professional and philanthropic groups in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Although you cannot expect an attorney to guarantee results in your case that are similar to past results in other cases, an attorney’s track record can demonstrate an attorney’s experience with certain types of cases. We are proud to have obtained numerous six- and seven-digit awards for our injured clients.

Questions You Should Ask a Lawyer Before You Choose

Ultimately, you will want to meet an attorney before you make your decision. Since you will be placing your legal rights and interests in the lawyer’s hands, you want to ask questions and talk with him or her to determine if he or she is the right attorney for you.

Consider asking about:

• Your attorney’s strategy for handling your type of case.
• What contact you can expect to have with your attorney.
• How long your attorney anticipates the case will last.
• Fees and costs and how these will be paid.

If you meet your attorney and do not feel as if you can trust him or her, trust your gut. It is important that you be able to have full faith in your attorney. If you do not, your relationship with your attorney may be difficult and cause you significant worry and grief. It could also result in a recovery that is less than you deserve.

At Grimes Teich Anderson, LLP, our accident lawyers have represented claimants in personal injury lawsuits in Asheville, Greenville, Spartanburg and throughout Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina for several decades. We are proud of the results we have been able to obtain on their behalf.

Speak with us about your case during a free injury consultation and learn if we might be able to assist you in obtaining compensation for your injuries. Contact us today at (800) 533-6845.

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