Accidents happen every day. A car accident can come out of nowhere when someone doesn’t pay attention. A slip is just one misstep away, especially in icy conditions. Injuries happen all the time.
If you have been injured in an accident, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury attorney to pursue a claim on your behalf. However, before you hire the first one you find, you may want to consider the following:
First, How did the accident happen?
If an auto accident occurs in broad daylight, with ten witnesses and they all report that driver A ran into driver B, who was at a complete and legal stop at a stop sign, then there aren’t any real questions. But most accidents are not that straightforward. While these circumstances shouldn’t govern whether or not you think you have a case, you should consider all of the facts as you remember them.
Second, think about your injuries
Before hiring an attorney, you will want to have an idea of how you were injured and what was injured. A visit to the emergency room or the doctor soon after the accident can easily answer this question.
Third, consider who you hire
There are attorneys of all shapes, sizes and abilities out there. How can you make sure you hire the best? Personal references are always a great way to start. Was a friend or co-worker injured recently? Did an attorney help them? Find out who they recommend, as well as who they don’t. Meet with several attorneys, and go with the one that you feel most comfortable with.
Fourth, think about whether you caused any part of your injuries
Once a claim is made, the other party will likely point to all of the reasons why it is not their fault. Be prepared for it, and alert your attorney to these facts. Did you slip and fall on the stairs at home the same day you slipped and fell at a store? Or did you just walk very quickly through a freshly mopped floor, ignoring the “Caution” sign posted? You may still have a claim for your injuries in both scenarios, but your attorney should be aware of any important facts.
Fifth, can the other party pay for your injuries?
Obtaining a judgment for injuries is often easier than collecting it. Before hiring counsel, pull together any information you have about the other party or parties. What are their names? Do they have insurance? This can be vital in assisting your attorney when pursuing your claim.
Hiring an attorney to pursue your injuries is an important decision. Take care to document your accident, the other parties and your injuries so you can provide this information to your attorney.