– Hi, this is John Kellyfrom the Kelly Law Team.
I wanted to talk toyou about how to find the best personalinjury attorney for you, for your case.
And I just havesome tips for you to kinda go through theprocess of hiring a lawyer and finding someonethat fits well with you.
You know, your case is unique.
Every case is unique, hasdifferent circumstances.
Every attorney isdifferent and unique.
And so there's a lot ofattorneys that want to say that, "I'm the best personalinjury attorney," and a lot of attorneysthat believe they are, including myself, butwe have to realize that we're not always thebest personal injury attorney for a particular individual, and every one of us hasstrengths and weaknesses.
So I want to helpyou find an attorney that has the strengthsthat will match up to your case, matchup to your goals, so that you can get themost out of your case.
So here we go withthe five tips.
Number one, writedown your goals.
So the first thingyou have to decide is what do you want toaccomplish with your case.
Is it that you wantto get the most money from your case, atthe end of the case? Do you wanna get maybethe best treatment and to get betterfrom your injuries? Do you want to have access to the best investigators,the best team, that's gonna be ableto build your claim because you're not sure ifyou have a strong claim yet? Or do you just wanna take thestress off of the situation and you know, I don'twanna deal with adjusters, all the paperwork, I wantmy attorney to handle that, and just get a reasonablegood settlement at the end of the case, so that I can focuson getting better.
You may have other goals, but those are justsome suggestions of things that you'vegot to be thinking about beforehand to kind offormulate questions.
And that dovetailsinto the second tip, which is make a list ofthe questions that you have for potential attorneysthat cater to your goals.
So if your goal, for instance, was getting the most moneypossible for your case, you might ask your attorney, "How many cases likemine, or similar cases, "have you handled and whathave they settled for?" Or what can I expectas far as results in your case if my medical bills ended up being acertain dollar figure.
If you wanna take thestress off your case, you may ask the attorney, "What systems inplace do you have "to make sure that my caseis being handled properly, "and that I'm notgonna have to worry "about getting callsfrom adjusters, "or getting letters in the mail "that I have to worry about?" So, those are just a coupleof examples or questions, but you may have others.
Have as many questionsas you can think of that might be relevantto your goals.
The third tip, interviewat least three attorneys and ask 'em thesespecific questions that are catered to your goals.
So it may be kinda common sense, but I think at leastthree attorneys.
There's a lot of goodattorneys out there.
You need to tryto narrow it down to three that youfeel comfortable with.
It won't be asoverwhelming as trying to interview 10different attorneys.
If it's only two, that's fine, but at least more than one.
Preferably if yousit down with them, you can do it overthe phone too.
Most attorneyswill do either/or, and it's gonna be afree consultation.
You're gonna spendsome time with them, get to know them, ask'em the questions.
The number three tip is remember that communication iskey in this circumstance.
So if you get anattorney who has a flashy office and theyseem to have things in place, but you sit down with them and you're notreally feeling like they're understandingyour questions, or they seem dismissive of them, or they don't wanna take thetime to communicate with you, or you're just not onthe same page with them, that's a red flagthat's probably gonna continue throughoutthe representation, so you got to remember that, that the demeanor ofthe attorney initially is likely gonna behow they're gonna be the rest of the waythrough your claim.
So communication is key.
You want to make sure thatyou're on the same page with them right off the bat.
The fifth tip, and final tip, is check with your attorneythroughout the process.
So once you do hire them, check with your attorney, make sure that you're onthe same page with them.
Call them up andask for updates.
Talk to them about yourgoals throughout the case, of what you wantedto accomplish.
If there's thingsthat are going wrong, just make them awareof them right away, so that they can adjusttheir representation for you to cater to your needs.
Most attorneys who aregood are gonna understand that they haveclients with a number of different needs, a numberof different expectations, and you need anattorney that has the ability toadjust to your needs and make sure that theyget you a great result.
If you have anyquestions about this, just let me know and you canpost them in the comments.
I'd be happy to kinda elaborateon any of these things if you do have questions.
This is John Kelly fromthe Kelly Law Team, and again, if you have anyquestions, let me know.