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How to Find the Right Personal Injury Attorney for Your Case

The costs of an injury can pile up fast, from medical bills to lost income to ongoing treatment. If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence or misconduct, filing a personal injury claim may be critical to getting the compensation you need to cover your expenses and move ahead with your life.

In most cases, hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you will have a major impact on how much compensation you receive—if any.

But choosing the right personal injury attorney can seem daunting. After all, it’s a decision that could have consequences for the rest of your life. It’s worth getting right.

To help you make the right call, we’ve put together this list of the top qualities to look for when choosing a personal injury attorney.
 

Focus on Personal Injury

Some law firms try to do it all. They offer general representation in every area of civil law. (Or at least most.)

But personal injury law is complicated. There are a lot of important regulations and factors that need to be taken into account. A lawyer who practices in several areas of law probably won’t be able to win you the maximum compensation available. There are just too many little details for them to overlook when valuing your claim and preparing your case.

That’s why you should always hire an attorney who focuses only on personal injury law. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help you:

When the rest of your life is at stake, you want an attorney dedicated to the practice of personal injury law in your corner.
 

A Record of Success

It’s rarely wise to entrust something as important as a personal injury lawsuit to a lawyer without extensive experience in personal injury law—or the backing of a firm of other experienced lawyers, staff, and investigators. Look for someone who has a long track record of representing clients, ideally including cases similar to yours.

For example, if you were involved in a car accident, you should find an attorney who’s already won several auto accident cases. If you were injured by a fall, look for someone who’s successfully handled slip-and-fall lawsuits.

And don’t forget to review their awards and certifications, either. Keep an eye open for attorneys that have been certified as Civil Trial Specialists and recognized by Super Lawyers or Best Lawyers in America.

Finally, prioritize attorneys who have resolved cases through both settlements and trials, since the best solution for your case may follow either route.

Resources

Building an effective personal injury case can require significant expenses. For example, your attorney may need to hire:

  • Medical experts
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Accident reconstruction experts
  • Safety consultants
  • Vocational rehabilitation experts
  • Other lawyers
  • Economic experts
  • Life care planners

…Or any number of other consultants and witnesses. You’ll need an attorney with the financial resources (and possibly professional connections) necessary to invest in your case while it’s still ongoing.

And no matter how talented and experienced a lawyer may be, personal injury lawsuits are seldom a one-person job. For the best chances of getting the full compensation you’re owed, find an attorney with plenty of staff supporting them, such as legal assistants and investigators.

Professionalism and Compassion

The best personal injury attorneys do more than just provide competent legal services. Professionalism is also an essential component in a smooth attorney-client relationship—as is an understanding attitude.

Considering the difficulties that an injury victim faces, having an empathetic advocate by your side through the whole process can make all the difference. And of course, an attorney who cares about you will be all the more zealous in protecting your rights.

If you want to know how professional and compassionate an attorney is, start by looking through her or his reviews and testimonials. What do past clients have to say about the experience of working with them?

Then, once you’ve contacted them, pay attention to how they treat you. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Do they make themselves available for you, or are they difficult to get ahold of?
  • Are they polite and communicative?
  • Are they quick to answer your questions, offer help, and reassure you?
  • Do they seem interested in your situation and concerned about the challenges you’re facing?

You need an attorney who sees you as a person, not just a client.

A Contingency Fee Arrangement for Payment

Personal injury cases can take a while. Negotiating a settlement almost always takes at least several months, and a trial could take years. Before you hire anyone, ask about how the attorney gets paid. The last thing you need is more expenses or nasty surprises.

Confirm in writing that the attorney you are hiring works on a contingency fee basis. Then, confirm the percentage of any award they will collect if you win, and how expenses will be handled.

If they don’t work on a contingency fee, find another lawyer.

You Deserve Effective Legal Representation

When hiring a personal injury attorney, it’s worth taking the time to find the right person. Never assume you have to go with the first law firm you reach out to. Consider your options carefully, and pick someone you’re comfortable with.

At SiebenCarey, we have decades of experience helping injury victims get fair compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, we’d love to help you too.

Just contact us, and we’ll study the details of your accident, explain your rights to you, and get to work building a winning case.

Click here for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.






 

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Deb Colombe

I was involved in a car accident that was complicated at best. God blessed with me Eric Beyer as my attorney. Although it was a long drawn out process between the two insurance companies, Eric was not only my attorney, he was my rock.

Eric is one of the most ethical people I have ever met in my lifetime. He was a constant source of not only information, but of comfort throughout the whole process. I never doubted for one moment that Eric did not have my best interest at heart. He took every word I said seriously and did what he had to do. If I ever have the misfortune of another injury like this, I would go to no one other than Eric Beyer. I will never in my lifetime be able to thank Eric enough or let him know how much I respect him and what a comfort he was and has continued to be for me. God Bless you Eric Beyer.

Daunne Schaller

I was seriously injured in a car accident on my wedding night and went to SiebenCarey. Being involved in an accident is never fun. The folks at SiebenCarey got us thru the event helping us get on with our lives. They were up front and honest. We knew we could trust them. It’s clear to me why Art has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America and Super Lawyer for 12 years running. Now anytime I know someone who was involved in an accident I refer them to SiebenCarey.

Jeanne Tondryk

Eric W. Beyer helped me through a very difficult time and his professionalism, advice and results from an injury were highly respected. Amidst the personal part of getting myself back to health, his guidance when life was blurry was so appreciated. He listened and then put forth my options honestly and directly which I totally appreciated!

 Was totally satisfied with his hard work and dedication to help me. I'd highly recommend him. Thank you Eric!

Jesse Bukal

In need of a personal injury attorney? Well you're if you're reading this you're in the right place. You'd be hard pressed to find more competent attorneys than the ones here at SiebenCarey.

They took my case to trial and an amazing job presenting the facts and fighting for my best interests! Three years ago I was unsure of what my future would bring; now that it's over I can rest a bit easier. With SiebenCarey as my counsel, I believe I had the absolute BEST representation a person could've asked for. I knew that I wanted the absolute best representation when searching for an attorney to handle my case and I most definitely received it.

If you need a personal injury attorney, look no further. Can't recommend highly enough.

Chris and Amy Boys

We worked with Art and his team on a personal injury case. We could not have been more pleased with the result. Art and his team were both professional and personable, and were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend Art and his team if you find yourself in this type of situation.

Laurian Reiners

Mark Olive did an absolutely fantastic job helping Jim during his ordeal with the company he worked for.  The outcome made it so that Jim could retire after the settlement.  We could not asked for a better representative for him.

Joseph Kowalcik

I have been working with Jeff Sieben since the year 2003 and I find he does excellent work.

Vicki Burkhardt

Art and his staff were fantastic. After being involved in a car accident they made the process so easy and effortless. The end result exceeded anything I ever expected. The right lawyer really makes a difference and Art and his staff were definitely the right choice. I would highly recommend giving them a call if you are unfortunate to get in an accident.

Angie

We were VERY pleased with Jeff's attention to us and our case.  Jeff, and all of the team there, did an outstanding job of making that process as stress-free as possible for us.  The communications were never delayed; response time (no matter how often we had questions) was beyond expectations. We truly liked Jeff's up-front and true-life demeanor, nothing was sugar-coated nor was anything spoken or written in terms we didn't understand which meant we were all talking on the same levels and never felt uneducated in the attorney world we were dealing with. I would certainly refer anyone I know to you all!

Teresa Theobald

I cannot express how happy my family is with Mr. Beyer!  He has impressed us in too many ways to count!  As educated people, we attempted to accomplish litigation on our own...BIG mistake!  Mr. Beyer and his staff are amazing!  Litigation is their wheelhouse.  If you are wondering if you should hire them; the answer is yes.

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