Lawyers have to follow certain rules when it comes to advertising. That’s one of the reasons why it can seem that they are everywhere and nowhere at once. We have all seen TV ads and billboards offering legal services, just as we’ve each walked by (or into) that office building that counts attorneys-at-law as tenants. Yet, when you find yourself in the position of needing one, it can suddenly seem an overwhelming chore.
To begin with, not all attorneys practice all areas of law. When you have been harmed by someone else’s negligence, you want to have the best personal injury lawyer on your side. A good starting point is to ask for referrals from people you trust. If you don’t know anyone who has had occasion to need a personal injury attorney or if you are uncomfortable sharing details, the internet is a great resource. There are numerous websites offering loads of information. For example, Super Lawyers rates outstanding lawyers who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement; members of the American Trial Lawyers Association promote a fair and effective justice system; and the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have achieved million- and multimillion-dollar results.
Of course, everything can be found by using a search engine, and legal help is no different. A simple search on Google or a similar engine using a geographic designation along with a qualifying legal term can narrow the field considerably. For example, a local resident who was injured in a head-on car accident caused by a drunk driver could search for “Pikeville drunk driving accident attorney” or “Pike County DWI wreck lawyer” or even “KY head-on collision lawyer.” Another excellent place to investigate is Facebook or Twitter. A lawyer’s social media presence can tell you a lot about how they will treat you and your case. Be sure to visit the website of any lawyer you might be considering and gauge your reaction to the layout, the “message,” and any biographies.
Once you’ve narrowed it down, it’s time to do some legwork. Most personal injury attorneys do not charge for the initial consultation so you have nothing to lose by visiting two or three firms. In-person meetings are important, because you want to select someone you feel you can communicate with. Cases take time to resolve, so you should feel comfortable with the attorney, the staff, and the way they treat you. Bring along a summary of your story with details such as a description of the accident, the people involved, and your injuries. While a lawyer can give you an overview of possible outcomes, he or she is not allowed to promise a particular result.
Choosing a personal injury attorney is comparable to a job interview. If you have any questions about this topic, you can find out more by discussing it with one of the personal injury attorneys at the Johnson Law Firm. We have years of experience helping people, and we can help you. Our knowledgeable legal team will work closely with you every step of the way. Based in Pikeville, KY, we proudly serve communities throughout the Bluegrass State. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, contact us by calling 1-606-433-0682 or filling out our online form.