Meet Your Personal Injury Lawyer
If a picture is worth a thousand words, an in-person meeting with the best personal injury lawyer can tell you all you need to know before one word is spoken.
You’d never walk into a job interview unprepared, so it’s important to do a bit of homework before you arrive for your initial consultation. Not because he or she is the boss—you are.
Choose a specialist.
Word-of-mouth is one way to find a trusted San Antonio personal injury lawyer, but before you take your uncle’s or best friend’s advice—and potentially waste everyone’s time—make sure you aren’t calling up an estate attorney to handle your injury case.
Even within the personal injury specialty, you may find lawyers who tend to handle a majority of a certain kind of case like car accidents, bites from uncontrolled pets, medical malpractice, and workplace injuries.
If friends, family, and associates don’t have ideas for you, and the sheer number of listings in the phone book is overwhelming, pick up the phone and call the local bar association for recommendations.
Research your choices.
Look at online reviews from a number of different sources. Don’t rely on just one review on one website; cross-reference to weed out biased feedback.
Once you have a few candidates narrowed down, go to each lawyer’s website to check out their educational background and experience, how active they are in professional organizations, and what they’re doing to maintain their credentials.
Make an appointment.
Write down any questions you want to ask, such as:
- Do you work hourly or for a flat rate? What costs are involved?
- How easily can I reach you, and during what hours?
- Bring any relevant documents with you to your first meeting.
Remember, you’re the potential boss. If for any reason you don’t feel comfortable—the lawyer doesn’t talk to you on your level, seems rushed, or doesn’t ask you any questions—look for a different lawyer.