How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Indiana
Nov. 4, 2014
Tips on how to find the best personal injury lawyer in Indiana.
Many people injured in accident want to find the best personal injury lawyer to represent their interests. Some of these folks have a lot of questions, fears and concerns for the future. Others want a personal injury lawyer that is going to get them the “money.”
How would I go about hiring somebody to perform a service for me?
If I were going to hire a plumber because I needed the pipes in my house redone – I would follow this path, however, I would follow a totally different process if my toilet was overflowing and I needed somebody immediately. In most Indiana personal injury cases, you do not need to hire a lawyer on an emergency basis.
The process I would go through to hire a plumber or electrician or accountant
Ask neighbors and friends if they had plumbing work done, and if they did, I would ask them about the experience.
Research on-line and look up my plumbing problem and educate myself on the issues so I could talk intelligently to plumber and understand what needed to be done.
I would specifically look up the names of plumbers that I got from my friends and see if there are any reviews.
I would narrow done my choice and have a few come out and give me an estimate. During the estimate process I would see if I liked and felt comfortable with the plumber.
Understanding lawyer advertising and marketing
If you were to pick up a phone book and look at the “attorneys” or “lawyers” section – you will see the same information over and over – “I have __ years of experience” “I am aggressive” “I will fight for you”, etc.
The legal profession is highly regulated and lawyers cannot post testimonials from clients. Lawyers cannot solicit or force clients to post reviews on Google, Yelp or any other review site. Generally, lawyers are not allowed advertise that they are a specialist in any particular field. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but all in all, lawyers are not allowed to use marketing tactics like many other business and professional services.
Picking a lawyer based on Price or Past Performance
Some lawyers will advertise past settlements and/or verdicts. The practice of law is not purchasing something at Wal-Mart – it is difficult to differentiate services based on price.
In Florida, some law firms started advertising based on past settlements or recovery for clients.
The amount of any settlement or recovery does not directly relate to a lawyer's skill set or whether they are the “best personal injury lawyer”. Why, because there are many factors that go into the amount of recovery. For instance, in the example above, what if the true value of the case was $3 million? Would you say the lawyer did a good job – or was “the best”? With all this being said, this is how I would pick a lawyer.
Tips on picking the “Best Personal Injury Lawyer” for you.
At the outset, the term “best” is subjective. As a consumer of services, you have to decide what you want in the attorney client relationship. Do you want the lawyer to be a counselor – explain and help you navigate through the process so you can get the best settlement, and if the case isn't settled – take the case the trial?
Do you value a lawyer who is accessible to you and will answer your questions without you having to call or email her 6 times and wait 6 weeks for a reply? Do you value a lawyer who sends you periodic updates on your case with you having to ask? Do you value a lawyer who knows the medical issues in your case and can help you make good decision regarding your medical treatment? You see – everybody has different values.
How to pick the “best personal injury lawyer for your case.”
Research the issue on and off line. Speak to some close friends or family members and see if they had to hire a lawyer for the same reason that I'm hiring a lawyer. If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer and your co-worker tells you about his divorce lawyer – I would probably take a pass.
Go on-line and search for the names that your friends or family members gave you. See what's out there. Are there reviews? Does the lawyer provide educational materials, podcasts, videos about the subject matter of your case. If so, spend a few minutes and read, listen or watch the lawyer. How do you feel when you read, listen or watch his/her content?
Do a general search in your area for lawyers who handle your specific matter. Again, look at, listen to or watch some of the content. You will get an impression of the lawyer.
Narrow down your selection to 2 or 3 choices. Make contact with the lawyer's office either by phone or email. Ask yourself, how responsive is the office? How long did you have to wait for a return call or email? How long do you have to wait for a consultation?
Go to a couple of consultations and see how you feel about the lawyer. Did you even get to meet the lawyer? If so, was the lawyer understanding or dismissive? Did he or she sound like they know what they were talking about? Did the lawyer answer your questions?
There are a lot of competent lawyers handling cases. The “best personal injury lawyer” for your case will be the lawyer that fits your needs as a client.
Hopefully, this information will help you hire the best lawyer for you and your case will be successful.