What to Look for When Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

couple reviewing lawyer credentialsAfter suffering a personal injury, you likely have many things on your plate. While focusing on recovering physically and mentally, you may also need to find a good lawyer who can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

The skilled personal injury lawyers of Greg Monforton & Partners offer a free, no-obligation consultation so that you can meet our legal team and learn the options available for pursuing compensation.

These three qualities are must-haves when searching for a personal injury lawyer:

1. Experience

There are many types of lawyers out there, practising in different areas of the law. You want to choose a lawyer with the right experience so you can be successful. You should look for a lawyer with specific experience in personal injury law.

A personal injury lawyer will have the experience you need to take on insurance companies or take your case to trial to help you obtain maximum compensation.

Ask your prospective lawyer:                      

  • How long have you been practising law?
  • How long have you been focusing on personal injury law?
  • How many cases have you tried that are similar to mine?
  • Do you have experience working with insurers involved in your cases?
  • Do you have any specific credentials unique to this area of legal practice?

2. History of Success

Ask your lawyer about his or her record of success. Has he or she been successful in favorably settling injury claims similar to yours or with the same insurer? Does he or she have a record of favorable verdicts at trial?

Ask about the settlements he or she has secured for past clients. How much compensation did the client receive for his or her injuries?

Prior to meeting with a lawyer, search his or her record through the Canadian Bar Association. Check to see that your potential lawyer does not have complaints, misconduct allegations or accusations of malpractice.

3. Customer Satisfaction

Another important element when choosing a lawyer is customer satisfaction. Your lawyer is someone you will be in communication with, perhaps for many months. You should be able to communicate with him or her openly and honestly, and be comfortable sharing the personal details of your injury that are important to the success of your claim.

The responsiveness of your lawyer is something that will lead to your ultimate satisfaction or dissatisfaction. Ask your potential lawyer how you may contact him or her throughout the legal process – if the lawyer says not to contact him or her, you may not receive the communication and responsiveness you want throughout the process.

You want to deal with a lawyer who is honest and transparent. During a free consultation, the lawyer should be able to advise you if you have a case for compensation or not, as well as your chances for success or failure. The lawyer should be forthcoming about the risks or downsides as well as costs – if the lawyer is overly optimistic and does not discuss the negatives of pursuing a case, he or she may not be completely forthcoming about your situation.

Also, ask about the lawyer’s fee structure. Many personal injury lawyers work on contingency, meaning you only pay legal fees if the law firm is able to help you recover compensation. This is typically a percentage of your final settlement. Nothing is paid up front; all costs are absorbed by the law firm while your case is pending. If you lose the case or gain no compensation, you do not owe the lawyer anything in a contingency arrangement.

Contact a Lawyer for Help

If you find yourself in need of a personal injury lawyer, seek one with the experience needed to protect your rights, the customer satisfaction record that will ensure you are comfortable throughout the process, and the history of success that gives you the best opportunity for a favorable outcome.

The law firm of Greg Monforton & Partners has an excellent track record of serving our clients with care and recovering maximum compensation for their injuries. Let us help you in your time of need.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. Our Ontario personal injury lawyers will review your case and inform you of your legal options. There are no upfront fees, and you only pay us if we help you recover compensation in your case.

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