If you’ve been injured through no fault of your own, you might be entitled to compensation through a personal injury lawyer. But who is going to represent you? What steps should you take to find a personal injury lawyer that you can trust? Here are just a few ideas.
- Look for a Specialist
“Personal injury law” is a broad category, and while you can technically hire any kind of personal injury lawyer to represent you, it’s better to go with a specialist. Someone who’s made a career with medical malpractice cases won’t be truly prepared to handle a car accident lawsuit. Someone who knows the ins and outs of dog bites might be lost when it comes to workplace accidents.
- Talk About Rates
This should be one of the first questions that you ask your new lawyer. How much is it going to cost? How will you be charged for their services? Some lawyers will want an hourly fee regardless of the case’s outcome; others will forego the hourly rate but ask for a percentage of your settlement if you win. Make sure that you know what your lawyer will be doing.
- Research Their Firm
It’s the 21st century. Everyone has a website, including lawyers. This should make it easy for you to do a little digging into their background. How long have they been practicing? Where did they go to school, and when did they receive their license? How many lawyers are on the payroll? How many will be working on your case? If you can’t find answers on their website, don’t be afraid to call up the firm and ask them directly. If they’re legitimate, they should have no problem answering your questions.
These are just a few things to keep in mind as you look for an Oregon personal injury lawyer. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel confident in the decisions that you’ve made. If you don’t have full faith in your chosen lawyer, they aren’t the right legal professional for you.