If you are looking to claim compensation after an accident then it is always advisable to seek legal advice from a qualified accident lawyer. Anyone who has been through an accident which caused serious injuries will know how traumatic it can be, which is why hiring an experienced lawyer will ensure you not only get the compensation you deserve but that you are also give time to rest and recover.
Personal injury and accident claims are big business these days and as a result there are literally thousands of lawyers both nationally and locally who are looking to take on accident claims. The problem is not all law firms are the same and whilst some will take on every case that comes through the door, others will only accept claims for specific types of accident and personal injury. Therefore the first step for anyone looking to claim damages is to find the right lawyer for their needs.
It is important not to leave it too long after the accident before you begin looking for an accident lawyer. The longer you leave it the harder it will be for your lawyer to collect the necessary evidence to prove negligence by the other party. Claims are also time sensitive and need to be made within a statutory time period.
Any lawyer you hire to represent you needs to be experienced and qualified in their field. You need someone who has experience of dealing with your particular kind of injuries, is able to interpret medical and accident reports, deal with insurance companies and defense lawyers for the other side. It may also be advisable to hire someone who has trial experience should your claim go to court.
Personal recommendations are always the best way to find good, reputable lawyers so ask around your family and friends, especially if you know someone has recently made a claim for personal injuries. Recommendations like this should give you confidence that a particular is worth approaching and the more recommendations you can get the better.
The internet is another valuable resource when it comes to finding legal assistance. There are many legal directory websites which list lawyers by state or area and which can give plenty of information such as client testimonies, biographies of lawyers and further information on making a claim. Check out individual law firm websites too to get a better insight in to particular firms.
If you fail to get any personal recommendations or do not have internet access then you can ask at your local bar association for a referral. The bar association offers a lawyer referral service which will put you in touch with a lawyer that they feel best suits your needs. You are under no obligation to hire them but you may have to pay a referral fee. Alternatively you can ask at your local courthouse for a list of approved lawyers in your local area.