HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER
If you’ve been injured, you may have started your search for legal representation online. You typed in something like best personal injury lawyer near me and started scrolling through the results. That may even be what led you here.
That phrase gets you a lot of names in the area. However, personal injury attorneys aren’t all the same. Hire the very best personal injury lawyer in Tyler, Longview, Shreveport and the surrounding area with these tips.
HIRE SOMEONE WHO SPECIALIZES IN PERSONAL INJURY
If an attorney advertises he or she can help you with your DUI, divorce and estate planning in addition to your medical malpractice case, that’s a bad sign. You may have heard the phrase, “jack of all trades, master of none.” The legal pro who does a little bit of everything doesn’t specialize in anything. It’s better to hire a lawyer who exclusively handles personal injury law.
At Monsour Law Firm, that’s what we do. All of our cases have to do with the following:
- Personal injury — car accidents, 18-wheeler wrecks, burn injuries, gas can injuries etc.
- Dangerous drugs like Praxada and Xeljanz
- Defective products like IVC Filter and Transvaginal Mesh
- Oil Field Injury — rig collapse, well blowouts, equipment failures, chemical spills and more
If you had lung cancer, you wouldn’t see a family practitioner. You’d want the very best pulmonary specialist you could find. The same thing goes with law. Specialization matters.
FIND AN ATTORNEY WITH TRIAL EXPERIENCE
There really aren’t many textbook cases. Yours probably isn’t going to be open and shut, cut and dried or any of the other phrases that describe something simple and easy.
Every case really is unique. If the person or entity who caused your personal injury were going to do the right thing, you probably wouldn’t be researching lawyers. Often we can help negotiate a settlement out of court, but not always.
You need an attorney who has experience with the legal system that includes courtroom experience, who can see your case through if it goes to trial. Someone who spends their days writing wills and estate plans and practicing real estate law can do that without entering a courtroom.
An attorney with trial experience also has negotiation experience. He or she has gone toe to toe with opposing parties, looked them in the eye and stood their ground on behalf of clients.
Also, an experienced trial lawyer has an in-depth grasp of medical processes and diagnoses that come with personal injury. He or she can help you seek compensation for everything you’re going through, not just get your car fixed or your doctor bills paid.
HIRE A PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY WITH A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS
There are several attorneys in the area who will take your case for free, and they say they don’t get paid unless you do. Intuitively, it seems like if they take cases on a contingency basis they’re going to fight their hardest to get the biggest settlement possible. That’s not always true.
Anyone can have their face on a billboard promising to fight. Before you hire someone to represent you, look for evidence of their success.
We don’t charge clients anything for a case review, but we go beyond just making promises and pointing fingers. Many of our past cases required extensive research and years to prepare. We took those cases because we believe when one party injures another through negligence, that’s wrong.
Our lawyers hate hearing a client has been injured and the other party is saying it’s all their fault. We find out when employers or insurance companies are lying or hiding documents. Our firm researches industry standards, talks to design engineers, tracks down receipts and paperwork and checks substance abuse histories. We don’t rest until we have all the information, and that gets results.
If you’re curious how Monsour Law Firm attorneys have achieved success for clients, check out the summaries on our cases and results page.
FIND SOMEONE YOU CAN COMMUNICATE WITH
Sometimes people say they had a hard time working with their lawyer because they couldn’t understand what he or she was telling them. Other times we hear they didn’t feel kept in the loop. The attorney didn’t return their phone calls or respond to email. They ended up feeling frustrated and undervalued.
If you and your personal injury attorney aren’t the right fit, it will impact your case. You can’t provide all the necessary information if you don’t understand what’s important in the first place. Incorrect or incomplete information could damage your case and reduce your chance at getting a fair settlement.
Sometimes lawyers have a lot of knowledge and experience, but they can’t explain what they know to clients in a way the client can understand. It’s hard to make decisions when you can’t get the information you need.
You want to know what you can expect from your lawyer. You need clear, simple legal advice from someone you feel cares. Also, you deserve to have your calls returned in a timely manner. That shows respect.
Sometimes you can learn a little about how an attorney communicates through online research. If they’ve posted videos online, does what they’re saying make sense? Do they speak with compassion? Do they address issues like what you’re dealing with? When you read their blog posts and other online content is it in plain English or do you feel like you’re reading a law textbook?
When you read law firm reviews, what do other people say about their communication skills? Once you’ve found one that might be a good fit, make an appointment.
SCHEDULE YOUR COMPLIMENTARY CASE REVIEW
You’re going through a lot right now, and the decisions you make are about protecting your financial future. Who you choose to represent you could make a huge difference in the compensation you receive.
We want you to find the right fit. Our goal is to make the process as smooth as we can so you can focus on getting your life back to normal. When you sit down with us to talk about your case, there’s no obligation. We won’t put pressure on you to make any decisions, we’ll just provide you with the information you need to decide what to do next. If you do hire us, we only get paid if we win money for you.
There’s no risk, no expense. Why not schedule your free consultation today?