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Personal injury cases are among the most common civil cases and a lot of people will find themselves involved in such a case at least once in their life. Some of the different types of personal injury cases are those involving injuries that arise from vehicular accidents, medical malpractice, intentional acts, construction accidents, dental malpractice, wrongful death, product liability, and premises liability, among others.

Lawyer speaking to witness on the stand; image courtesy of www.lawyerscareers.com.
Lawyer speaking to witness on the stand; image courtesy of www.lawyerscareers.com.

Whether you currently need a personal injury lawyer to help you with a case right now or not, knowing how to choose the right attorney to help you will increase your chances of winning any case you are involved in. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Prioritize experience. Just like specialized doctors, lawyers have their own fields of expertise. You will not get a cardiologist for a brain problem, right? So, it is equally important to choose a lawyer who is experienced in similar types of cases as yours. What is even better is to be more specific when it comes to the specific type of personal injury case. If you are involved in an automobile accident, get a personal injury lawyer who is experienced with vehicular accidents, not one who’s only experienced with medical malpractice cases.
  • Check reputation. You want a lawyer who is not just experienced in the specific type of personal injury case that you have, but who also has a good reputation in that field. A reputable lawyer will help you get the best possible outcome because he or she would also have previous dealings with different insurance companies and courts that involve your type of personal injury cases.
  • Build rapport. When choosing any type of lawyer, it is good to be able to build rapport. The nature of personal injury cases often involves more than just physical injury – most of the time there is considerable emotional and mental toll on the injured party. Having a lawyer who is concerned not just with the ultimate outcome of your case, but also with your current condition – physically, emotionally, and mentally – will help you get through your legal ordeal.

Editor’s note: Thank you to guest writer Rana Tarakji for these informative tips on choosing a personal injury lawyer. You can contact your State Bar Association for information on lawyer reputation. As the body responsible for issuing attorney licenses, you can confirm that your lawyer is, in fact, licensed in your state. Many Bar Associations also allow you to check lawyer disciplinary records.

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