What to Look for and What to Avoid When Hiring an Attorney for a Personal Injury Case

Interviewer: Obviously, when you’re in a car wreck, you might even have an attorney show up at the emergency room. Also, you see all kinds of commercials advertising for attorneys that will help you in an auto accident. What are some things to watch out for when you are retaining an attorney to handle a personal injury case?

Is Your Attorney Too Eager? You Should Be Contacting the Attorney, Not the Other Way Around

Jack: I’d be skeptical if I had attorneys contacting me. Maybe they just don’t have a lot of business, but it just seems unscrupulous for someone to be monitoring police scanners or ambulance scanners or be in cahoots with tow truck operators and then show up on the accident scene or show up in your hospital room. I would be skeptical about someone taking that active a role in soliciting new business.

Attorney O’Donnell Advises Researching and Looking for Referrals of Qualified Attorneys

It’s best to rely on the referrals of people who you respect and trust. Or go on the Internet and look for lawyers who appear to have experience and whose information is attractive to you. Make the call and interview them, and make sure you feel comfortable with them.

That is far more important than signing with someone when you’re feeling vulnerable at the scene of the accident or in your hospital bed.

By Jack O’Donnell

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