Choosing the right lawyer for your spinal cord injury claim can make all the difference in the world. But most people do not know exactly how to choose a spinal cord injury attorney. Follow these tips for help.
Tip #1: Make sure the attorney has experience with your type of injury.
When selecting who will handle your spinal cord injury claim, you need to make sure the lawyer has experience with spinal cord injury cases. Our spinal cord injury lawyers have over 25 years of combined spinal cord injury claims experience.
Tip #2: Scan the firm’s results page for spinal cord injury settlements and verdicts.
In addition to having experience with spinal cord injury claims, you want to make sure your lawyer has had success handling these cases. If the site does not have a settlements or verdicts list, be sure to ask the attorney when you meet with him. He should be upfront about his cases; if he seems evasive or refuses to show you a list, move on to your next prospect.
Tip #3: Talk to multiple attorneys before you make your decision.
You should interview a handful of spinal cord injury lawyers, preferably in person. It is difficult to tell much about a person with a phone call.
Ask what the lawyer will do for you, and what he expects you to do. Who will gather the medical records, the police report, and other documents?
Get a copy of the lawyer’s fee agreement, and go through it with him. Make sure you understand the fee agreement completely. Find out about out-of-pocket costs. Will the lawyer advance the costs of the claim? If he will, then when and how will he expect reimbursement?
Note: Make sure you also make note about how the lawyer makes you feel. Did he immediately make you feel at ease or were you nervous? Did he give you his full attention or was he distracted throughout your consultation? If something seems off, move on to the next lawyer on your list.
Tip #4: Learn about the support staff at the law firm.
Ask direct questions about the number of support staff in the office and how quickly they will return your phone calls. Get the names of the people who will be involved in your file, and find out who you should speak with at the office when your lawyer is not available.
Tip #5: Do your research and ask questions.
Before hiring an attorney to handle your spinal cord injury case, you need to make sure you are selecting the best lawyer for the case. Spinal cord injury claims involve high dollar amounts and serious injuries, so there is a lot at stake. Use this checklist to evaluate your spinal cord injury attorney:
- Check your state bar directory for any disciplinary actions. The last thing you need is a lawyer who has been disbarred or whose professional license is suspended.
- Ask how the lawyer stays on top of developments in the field. Does he attend seminars or conferences on personal injury, particularly spinal cord injury?
- Has the lawyer been a speaker at any seminars, webinars, or conferences in the field? This would indicate that he is a legal expert in the field.
- Has the lawyer written any publications on spinal cord injuries? A lawyer who is the author of articles, pamphlets, or conference materials will likely have a depth of specialized knowledge beyond that of the average lawyer.
- Does the lawyer’s website contain useful information on spinal cord injuries? Lawyers give space on their websites to types of cases that are a high priority for them. You want your case to be a high priority for your attorney.
- Does the lawyer have relationships with medical experts in the community? Spinal cord injuries are complex injuries that often require the testimony of a medical expert to establish the long-term effects and complications a victim must contend with.
- Does the lawyer offer consultations outside of the office? Spinal cord injuries can make traveling difficult or even impossible. The Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC offers consultations at your home, hospital, or even your workplace.
How can I find a spinal cord injury lawyer in Knoxville?
There are a couple different ways to find a spinal cord injury lawyer. You can:
- Rely on word of mouth: If you know someone who has suffered a spinal cord injury, ask who helped her with her case. Remember, however, that each case is different. A lawyer who worked well for her might not work for you.
- Online directories: Online directories can be a great way to find the right lawyer for your spinal cord injury claim. However, be wary, as some online directories are “pay to play.” This means that as long as the lawyer pays a fee to the online directory, the lawyer can make whatever claims he wants. Also, be careful when reading online reviews, especially anonymous ones. Fake reviews are epidemic.
Call the Law Offices of Ogle, Elrod & Baril, PLLC to discuss your spinal cord injury claim.
If you have a spinal cord injury that was not your fault, our Knoxville spinal cord injury attorneys can help. Schedule your free consultation with us today. Feel free to bring any questions you might have about how we can get you the settlement you deserve. We want to put you at ease in any way we can. And remember, if you cannot come to us, we will make our way to you.
Give us a call today: 865-546-1111.