There are many situations that can lead to a personal injury claim. Among them, there are cases of falls, traffic accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, dog bite, exposure to defective drugs or industrial accident.
Each of these cases involves a series of specific nuances that will require the assistance of a lawyer when making the claim. In this way, it is possible to avoid any flaws in the claim and to ensure that it is completed as soon as possible, avoiding at all costs that the process goes to trial, which could delay it for years.
In this regard, there are also certain nuances that we must take into account when hiring a lawyer, among which are:
1. Make sure that our lawyer specializes in personal injury cases
Over the past decades, the number of personal injury lawyers has increased dramatically. This should come as no surprise, since according to the justice departments of several countries, personal injury claims are among the most frequently made legal requests. The figures, in countries such as the United States, reach 400,000 claims per year.
Within the lawyers specialized in personal injury cases, there will be different professionals focused on the type of accident we have suffered. If we can, we should try to match the experience of our lawyer to the circumstances in which we are making the claim.
To achieve this we can count on the help of the law firm that will guide us on the number of cases similar to ours that each lawyer has attended. And as an extra tip, make sure the lawyers have experience with the personal injury lawsuit that might arise since many cases end up in settlements and you want a lawyer that can go to court for you, not just negotiate.
2. Obtain referrals from our attorney
When hiring a lawyer it is also very important to have references either from people close to us or from Internet forums specialized in the matter.
Information regarding their work method, their commission and the results of previous cases can also be very useful when choosing one professional over another. Many lawyers publish their track record openly on the web, so it is accessible to anyone who wants to take a look at it before making such an important decision.
3. To make sure of its implication in the realization of the claim in advance.
As the deadline for making a personal injury claim is three years after the accident occurred, we should not worry, we have all the time in the world until we find a good lawyer. This means that it is possible to contact more than one before deciding and also, it is possible to inquire about the conditions offered by our lawyer before hiring him/her.
What we are interested in is that the lawyer, for his part, knows in depth all the issues related to our accident and that he is in charge of planning and carrying out the claim. If we sense that what a lawyer is offering us is a simple review or formal correction of the claim, we should not hire him/her.
We should know that their functions can range from guidance and collection of documents for the case, to negotiation with the parties involved, so we must be demanding with the services we are going to receive so that our compensation arrives as soon as possible and the process is not too complicated for us.