Whether you live in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, or even West Palm Beach, its difficult to find the best personal injury attorney near you. People in South Florida are bombarded by personal injury law firm ads. If and when someone does get in a car accident or slips and falls and is injured, finding the right injury attorney is like searching for a needle in a haystack.
Sometimes, victims call the 1-800-Number and have no clue what lawyer they will be assigned. Others will simply call the Billboard Firm because it’s the only firm they know by name.
Is it possible to find the perfect match and get the best personal injury attorney near you who will care as much about your case as you do?
Our answer is yes. All you have to do is consider the following 5 Tips of Hiring the Best Personal Injury Attorney for Your Case and then execute on the advice below.
1. Begin by identifying what you want out of your personal injury attorney.
Communication is Key
What’s most important to you? Past results? Convenient location? Big staff?
Its not a surprise that poor communication is the most frequent complaint about personal injury attorneys. If good and frequent communication is important to you, look for an attorney who will give you his or her cell phone number so you can send text messages.
Texting has made everyone’s life easier. Especially when it comes to talking with your lawyer. First, you can send and receive photos of property damage, keep your lawyer in the loop about bills you receive in the mail, send your attorney screenshots of important claim documents, etc.
Gone is the day when you only communicate with your attorney only by email or through assistants and paralegals.
Caseload is Important
Another concern is the number of cases your attorney is handling, i.e. “caseload.” While it is possible for personal injury attorneys to handle hundreds of cases at a time with the help of a large staff, are you interested in more personal service? Not every personal injury attorney handles hundreds of cases. At Waring Law, we carry fewer cases and are more selective in the cases we take.
When you hire a personal injury attorney, you are hiring a professional who has gone to at least seven years of college and graduate school. Ideally, you will be assigned an attorney who has a variety of experience handling an array of cases.
To some people, education, experience, and background are important. You have a right to the lawyer of your choice. You should choose the lawyer you believe has the right qualifications for the job.
Feel Confident About Your Choice
When you hire a lawyer for your personal injury case, you should feel confident about your decision. While you can always switch attorneys any time in your case, many times, the work done early on in the case is critical to the outcome.
2. Know the specific type of personal injury attorney you need.
Not all personal injury cases are the same and not every personal injury attorney is best suited to handle your case.
For example, some lawyers have more experience handling trucking accidents versus motorcycle accidents. Some lawyers are great at slip and fall cases and others are better with rear-end collision car accident cases. If you are injured in a slip and fall at a grocery store, try searching for lawyers who advertise for slip and fall cases at that specific store. Or, if you were injured in a Lyft or Uber vehicle, try searching for attorney who specializes in ridesharing car accidents.
Once you have found an attorney online, read their blog articles and biography pages and choose the lawyer whose message speaks to you.
3. Interview several personal injury lawyers: ask them these questions…
I have never seen a personal injury attorney in South Florida who does not offer free consultations. There is no rule saying that you cannot get as many consultations as you want before hiring an attorney. While I doubt anyone actually has the time or patience to consult with dozens of attorneys, most people have the time and energy to speak with at least three.
You should be asking these questions:
– Are you speaking with an attorney or a paralegal, investigator, or case manager?
– If you hire the lawyer, will you get their cell phone number?
– How many cases does the lawyer have?
– Will the lawyer be handling the case or a staff-member?
– Where is the lawyer actually located (not just where they advertise their location)?
– Will the lawyer meet with you in person? If so, how often?
– Will the lawyer come to you or does he or she want you to come in to their office?
– What is the lawyer’s plan for your case?
4. Discuss fee percentages before you sign up.
The Florida Bar caps personal injury fees at 33.33% of any recovery before filing a lawsuit and 40% of any recovery after a lawsuit is filed. Although the Bar caps the fees, there is no rule whatsoever that says attorneys can’t charge you less than 33.33%.
For many lawyers, the fee percentage is negotiable!
While I don’t recommend low balling every lawyer until you find one to take your case for the lowest percentage, I do recommend that you ask for a reduction in the fee percentage before you sign the fee agreement. If your case is relatively simple, like a rear-end car accident, then you are justified in requesting a small reduction because there are likely few issues regarding liability. However, if your case is more complex, you are less justified in requesting a fee reduction.
5. Remember: you have the right to a lawyer of your choice.
You may cancel any fee agreement you sign within the first three days of signing up. After the first three days, you can still change your lawyer. However, your lawyer may want to get paid for some of the work he or she has done. You pay for their services, no matter how brief, when your case settles. You will still need to pay your new attorney too. However, most lawyers who you hire will pay the fees incurred by your previous lawyer out of his or her percentage share of the recovery.
It is important to ask a new lawyer that you hire how he or she plans on splitting the bill.
If you are unhappy with your current personal injury attorney, call and interview several other attorneys and ask them if they will pay the other lawyers lien out of their share of the fees. If you are unhappy with your attorney, you should consider hiring a new one as early in the case as possible.
Matthew Waring is a personal injury attorney located in Boca Raton, Florida. After graduating from Florida’s top law school, he joined a large insurance defense law firm where he became an insurance industry insider. Matthew later joined a large personal injury firm where he handled hundreds of cases. Matthew founded Waring Law, PLLC to provide his clients with more one-on-one attention. Matthew has recovered millions for injury victims in South Florida and he focuses on making things happen sooner on his clients’ cases.
Matthew Waring is the Boca Raton Personal Injury Attorney who appreciates your time.
Matthew Waring understands the sense of urgency many of his clients feel when waiting for a case to settle. For many accident victims with a personal injury claim, their settlement is literally their financial lifeline.
If you feel like your personal injury case in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Palm Beach or Miami is not resolving fast enough, contact Matthew Waring today for 100% free consultation. [Read: Is Your Lawyer Too Slow?]