Ten to fifteen years ago, enlisting the help of just about any sort of professional required to take up to a day out of your time to properly vet candidates and get quotes based on your budget. Thankfully, with the advent of the internet and our practical perpetually connectedness, the process has been made a lot more streamlined.
Finding a lawyer to handle a personal injury case is just one example of the modern world, making it easier for us to go about our lives. Especially in the case of personal injury, you might not be precisely willing to go out and speak to a lawyer in their offices just to get a clear snapshot of what they can provide. Add this to the fact that most lawyers understand the role the internet can play in people choosing their firm (and therefore paying their firm), most websites owned by lawyers are fully comprehensive and explain everything you’d want to know about their practice before you even pick up a phone.
So, from laptop to courtroom, here’s how you can use the internet to your advantage:
Search Your Local Area
Regardless of how you feel about this fact, search engines like Google know exactly what town you’re searching from and can serve up results personally tailored to you. Search queries like personal injury lawyers near me or personal injury lawyers in X (X being your town of residence) should bring up all of the available lawyers in your area and access to their website. From there, it is just a matter of visiting their site and fully accessing their competencies.
Vet Your Candidates & Get A Quote
You shouldn’t just look at a single lawyer’s website and then go full steam ahead with their services. Carefully check all of the websites of the lawyers you’re looking at. Look for things like how in-depth they are willing to go information wise on their site, their track record, and their contact form. Sending an email is free, simply look for their contact page and send them an email. Most lawyers will email you back if you can type them up a full explanation of your case. From there you’ll have a bunch of quotes from different firms as well as a vague idea of what each will be able to provide you moving forward.
Meet Your Top Candidates In Person
By this point you should have eliminated some options as either not being able to represent your interests properly or being too expensive/too cheap to be worth it in the long run. Once your list has been reduced to a few candidates, you can follow up on their emails and meet with them in person. This will give you a much more realistic and sober assessment of how much effort they’ll be willing to put into your case. If they appear keen to take on your case and go into more than just surface-level details, that’s a good sign. Meet all of your candidates before settling on who you’ll be going with, you might be surprised even after you think you’ve found the firm for you.
Give Them The Job & Information Relating To Your Case
Once you’ve decided on the lawyer/firm to represent your case, return to their offices with any and all documentation that relates to your case, no matter how “important” you deem each document to be. Now it will be up to your lawyer to carefully pour through all of the evidence you’ve provided them so they can structure a case for them to argue in open court. Tell them which documents you’ve brought and whether or not they will need more.
Wait For Your Case To Conclude
Depending on the individual circumstances of your case, you might not even have to go to court for each court date or even at all. Your lawyer should have taken the reigns by the previous step and let you know everything that’ll happen before your case is completely wrapped up. Now it is just a matter of them doing everything in their power to secure you the most attractive court decision possible with the available evidence.
Personal injury cases can be a pain since they are civil cases as opposed to criminal cases, so there’s a lot more leeway as far as how each and every piece of evidence can be interpreted. That is precisely why any plaintiff or defendant should properly look through all of the lawyers in their area before settling on the one that will represent their case. It might seem too simple to be effective, but a little bit of research time and a few emails can work magic in the long run.