If you were hurt in a car accident and offered an insulting settlement by an insurance company, then you may need to find a personal injury lawyer to help rectify the situation. When trying to find a personal injury lawyer, you have to not only consider your situation, but you also have to find an attorney that will work best with you as a person.
So, if you’re in the midst of trying to find a personal injury lawyer following a car accident injury, there are a few red flags you should be aware of. Here’s what to look out for.
First, beware any personal injury lawyer who makes big promises from day one. You should go into a personal injury case with an open mind and hope you’re going to win your case. However, if your potential legal representative tells you that you are definitely going to win and you’re going to receive “x” amount of money and compensation, don’t put all of your eggs in that legal basket. Ultimately, if your case goes to trial, it’s the judge’s decision whether you win the case or not, and there are no guarantees in the legal world. If the potential lawyer is promising you that you’re going to win the case, don’t take them too seriously. If their focus is strictly on a specific monetary amount, it’s a red flag you should move on to someone else.
In addition, be wary of any personal injury lawyer that encourages you to exaggerate your injuries. Let’s say you got into a crash and broke your leg. If the lawyer takes your broken leg and falsely claims that you will need surgery, then you should probably find someone new to represent you. Ultimately, a lawyer would probably exaggerate the severity of your injuries just to end the case with a larger amount of pay. But, if they pretend your injuries are worse than they actually are, they could be committing personal injury fraud, which is something you want to avoid at all costs.
One final red flag is a lack of experience. If the lawyer or attorney doesn’t really seem to know what they’re talking about, but still tries to convince you that they do, it’s a good idea to try and find a different lawyer or attorney. Figure out if they’ve spent time in the courtroom, and if they haven’t, it’s usually a good indicator that they are fairly inexperienced. If, however, you’re aware they haven’t had any time in the courtroom but still want to work with them, make sure there’s someone else in the firm who has experience in a courtroom that can help if you’re in need of assistance.
Finding a personal injury lawyer is no joke. You need to make sure you’re finding someone who can help you win your case, while still being honest and responsible. Take a look at the red flags listed above before settling on a specific personal injury lawyer. Each year, three million people are injured in car accidents on U.S. roads, which means there’s always a demand for competent personal injury lawyers. If you take the time to look, you can find the perfect person for the job