Hiring an NC personal injury lawyer to fight your case isn’t something that should be taken lightly. A good attorney could be the difference between getting nothing, getting some of what you’re entitled to in an injury lawsuit, or having your medical expenses covered entirely by the responsible party. At Rodzik Law Group, we can help. Our experienced team understands there’s more to finding an injury attorney than going with the first person who will take your case. To help, we have three factors you should keep in mind when hiring your lawyer.
Amount of trial experience
Taking a lawsuit to trial can be a stressful experience. You want to make sure you’re represented by a personal injury lawyer who is not only prepared to defend your case but is also confident in their ability to do so.
In addition to your lawyer’s comfort level in the courtroom, they can gain a reputation in the courtroom. Attorneys who spend time in court get to know judges and their tendencies. While all judges are supposed to be neutral and non-partisan, each still has preferences and protocols in their courtroom. An experienced attorney can help you navigate this.
Ask prospective lawyers about their experience with going to trial. How many cases have they won? What happened in some of the cases they lost? While not every lawsuit will go to trial, having someone who’s comfortable when your case escalates beyond negotiating is essential to fighting for the necessary damages in your case.
Communication and listening skills
Good communication is essential when putting together your defense in an injury case. You have your side of the story, and it’s essential that your lawyer understands your story and can clearly convey it to the court. Any slip-up or misunderstanding on their behalf could lead to holes in your case that lead to an unfavorable decision by the jury.
When you’re meeting with a prospective lawyer, pay attention to how they listen to you. Are they actively listening and acknowledging what you’re saying? Do they seem distracted while you’re speaking? Consider their listening ability as an extension of their communication skills.
Recommendations and reviews
Good personal injury attorneys often come with strong recommendations. If you know somebody who’s had to work with an injury lawyer, speak with them to find out who represented them in their case. Ask what they did or didn’t like about working with a specific lawyer, things they would do differently this time around, and how the firm approached the case. Your friends and neighbors can be good resources to find a reputable lawyer.
If you don’t know anyone who’s had to hire a personal injury lawyer, look online. Read reviews previous clients have left to get an idea about what it’s like to work with a lawyer you’re considering. Carefully consider the reviews you read and how you feel about the things said in them because something that might be positive for one person might be a negative for you. For instance, you might read that somebody loved daily contact from the lawyer while so much contact might not be right for you.
Contact us to get started
Get help finding an NC personal injury attorney with our team at Rodzik Law Group. We can represent you in an injury case to ensure that you get the damages you deserve. Give us a call at our Wilmington location at 910-762-1199 or our Supply office at 910-755-2001. We look forward to speaking with you about our injury case.