Researchers say that every average driver will have one car accident within 17 years which means that in the average American lifetime, one person will experience 3-4 car accidents. There are roughly 10 million accidents each year in the USA ranging from fender benders to pileups, says the National Safety Council. Out of the estimated 10 million accidents, there were merely 1,000 fatalities. However, there are 2 million people injured annually from vehicle accidents according to the Insurance Research Council. The American Bar Association reports that there are over 76,000 Personal Injury Attorneys nationwide. How does an injured person choose from such a large group of attorneys? The decision to seek representation is a personal one, and you must be prepared to do a little research before signing.
The best way to begin seeking the right attorney for your claim is by writing down the facts of your accident so you have a clear mind before you begin seeking an attorney. Do some online research or ask your friends for their input and make sure you keep a list of attorneys. The first point of contact you make should be a phone call to The Florida Bar at 1-800-342-8011; they can provide you with critical information about the potential attorney. The next step is to compare results, look at the websites and check the level of competency each attorney has achieved. There are attorneys who work independently and others who work with teams of paralegals and case managers. Throughout the process ask yourself some important questions on what you prefer. Do you want to meet your attorney or do you care at all? After you do some online reviewing then choose what type of environment appeals to the most. Do you feel comfortable driving a long-distance? Go ahead and stop in their office (without an appointment) and assess the front desk clerk, were they helpful? How were you treated by everyone in the office? How long was your wait? Take the little details into consideration as well as the big picture. Has the attorney received an abnormal amount of complaints? Has the attorney been awarded prestigious awards? How many trial cases have they won?
If you are too badly injured or you are struggling to get around then rely on a family member to help you assess the potential attorney before making your selection.
Personal injury cases are not limited to vehicle accidents. A Personal Injury case can be caused by a slip and fall, dog bites, and many more. It is important that you find an attorney with a good standing at the Florida Bar as well as exemplary recognition throughout your state (such as awards, community outreach). Once you have made your selection make a consultation appointment and don’t forget to bring all your questions. Many new clients who have never been in a car accident experience high levels of stress and anxiety. A key benefit from hiring an attorney is the relief of knowing you have saved yourself from hours of insurance phone calls, medical paperwork, and even negotiations. Whomever you choose to represent you should be equipped with tools to assist you along the process on the road to recovery. At Brooks Law Group, we put the client first by introducing you to the team of experts and the attorney who will handle your case. We are devoted to our clients’ best interests and prove that in our ratings, reviews, and awards. Give us a call with your questions at 1-888-WE-MEAN-IT (888-936-3264).