- Lawyers are not a “one size fits all” profession. Look around for a lawyer who specializes in Georgia personal injury law.
- The two best ways to find an injury lawyer are word-of-mouth referrals and online reviews.
- Be sure to ask how much of a lawyer or law firm’s practice is dedicated to personal injury cases.
- Read online reviews carefully. Real reviews are written by regular people, like you. Reviews that read like advertisements may be professionally written.
The Best Georgia Injury Lawyers Are Specialists
The concept of “one size fits all” doesn’t really work when it comes to Georgia personal injury lawyers these days. Like doctors, lawyers specialize. This can be an important fact to know if you’re looking for somebody to represent you after an automobile accident or a dog bite and the only lawyer you know is a real estate law practitioner.
Each ‘branch’ of the law, like personal injury law, has its own set of laws and procedural rules. A lawyer who deals with family law, for example, may be brilliant but may not be familiar with finding all of the layers of insurance coverage involved in a multiple car or truck accident. Or, a bankruptcy lawyer may not have a network of accident reconstruction or rehabilitation experts to help build your case after a catastrophic injury. Knowledge of negligence, tort law and medicine, as well as experience are what counts.
The question then becomes, “How do I find a good Georgia Personal Injury lawyer who knows what he or she is doing?“
Here are a few suggestions on finding a good injury lawyer
- First, ask the people you trust; your friends, family, and co-workers. How did their lawyer work out for them? Word of mouth referrals are one of the best ways to find a great injury lawyer. Most of your friends and family are not likely to hold back when giving you an opinion of the lawyers they know or have worked with.
- Read online reviews. Google, AVVO and Martindale-Hubble all provide independent ratings and reviews of Georgia personal injury lawyers. Look for attorneys who are rated at more than 4.5 Stars by Google Reviewers, at 9.0 to 10.0 on AVVO and are AV Rated by Martindale Hubble.
- Check out the Georgia Bar Member Directory to see the number of years the senior lawyer at the firm has been in practice.
Before you hire the law firm ask if they handle cases other than personal injury. If they do, this is not necessarily a reason to hire someone else, so be sure to ask how much of the lawyer or firm’s legal practice is dedicated to personal injury work. A firm that mainly focuses on personal injury cases generally must be successful:
- Because the lawyers must consistently win their cases in order to remain exclusively focused on this branch of the law; and
- Most successful personal injury attorneys work on contingent fees, meaning the firm only receives a legal fee if the case settles or wins in Court.
Simply put, Personal Injury Lawyers who don’t win cases, do not usually remain in this area of law for very long.
Insider tips when searching for a personal injury lawyer online:
- Avoid websites that list lots of lawyers or rate them for you. These “lawyer directories” are often simply paid advertising, which means that the lawyers who appear at or near the top of the list can pay to be there – regardless of their success, experience or status.
- Go to the official website of the Personal Injury lawyer you’re considering. Find out:
- How long has the lawyer been practicing in his location?
- Look at reviews, but don’t fall for them entirely. Very often client reviews are created by paid writers who have never even met the lawyers for whom they create content. If a review looks like it is too polished or professionally written, it probably is!
- Look at certifications and memberships in professional organizations; You may want need to Google these organizations to understand the importance of the lawyer’s affiliation with them.
Once you’ve narrowed the field of lawyers down to a few, call or make appointments to actually speak with them. Usually the initial consultation is free, and it will give you the opportunity to learn what your accident claim might be worth and, more importantly, whether or not you are comfortable enough to entrust your future to this particular firm. Trust is essential.
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