Because your case is important to you, we suggest you consider the following criteria/factors when you choose a personal injury lawyer:
Select an Attorney with a Focused Practice
Some lawyers and law firms try to do it all. It is important to choose an attorney who focuses on certain areas of the law. You need to find out how much of that attorney’s practice is in the area of personal injury for victims.
Select an Attorney with Trial Experience
Many lawyers claim to handle personal injury cases. Just look at the ads in the yellow pages or on TV. It is important to choose an attorney that has actual experience taking cases to trial. Insurance companies know which lawyers will take a case to trial and which lawyers just want to settle a case fast. Without an experienced trial lawyer on your side, it puts you and your case at a disadvantage.
Select an Attorney with a Track Record
Your personal injury case is important to you because it affects you and your family. Your case is the opportunity for you to get fully compensated for your damages. It is important to choose an attorney that has a record of accomplishment and can deliver a full and fair trial verdict or settlement.
Select an Attorney with the Necessary Resources
Many personal injury cases require serious investigation and are expensive to prepare. Your attorney will need to devote not only time to your case but the resources to hire medical experts, accident reconstruction experts or vocational rehabilitation experts, if necessary. The lawyer should have staff dedicated to your case. It is important to choose an attorney that has the resources to fully prepare your case.
Select an Attorney that Represents only Accident Victims
Many law firms try to have it both ways. They have some lawyers that represent accident victims and other lawyers representing insurance companies. It is important to choose an attorney whose loyalty is easy to read – one that only represents accident victims.
Select an Attorney Who Receives Referrals From Other Attorneys and Satisfied Clients
Some lawyers get most of their cases from an out-of-state 1-800 number or a telephone book ad. Find out the source of the attorney’s personal injury cases. It is important to choose attorneys who receive most of their cases from referrals from other lawyers or satisfied clients because that is a reflection on the quality and skill of their representation.
Select an Attorney Who Will take Your Case on a Contingency Fee
Make sure the attorney will agree that you will not pay attorney’s fees unless you recover in your case. It is important to choose an attorney who will believe in your case and agree to work for a contingency fee.
In a case with serious injuries, having an experienced New Hampshire personal injury lawyer representing you against the insurance company will help protect your claim and maximize your recovery of damages.