We often get asked how to find the “best lawyers” for a case – especially one involving serious injuries or medical malpractice. While there are numerous websites that claim to give you the best lawyers in your area by ranking them, we think that it’s up to you to decide whether an attorney is best to represent you and your family.
So here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if a lawyer is right for you.
1) Are they board certified? (To find board certified attorneys in your area, click the link!)
In order to become board certified, attorneys must have a significant level of trial experience, receive recommendations from judges and opposing counsel, and pass an all day examination. This shows an advanced level of achievement and training by the lawyer.
2) How many years of experience do they have?
You want to make sure that the lawyer representing you has the proper experience practicing law in your state, and for your particular situation. Have they represented someone with the same injuries that you have suffered? Have they worked with the same insurance company or hospital before?
3) Do they have testimonials from clients?
Another indicator of a good lawyer is what their past clients have to say about their experiences working with the firm. If they have a lot of positive feedback from clients, chances are you’ll have a great experience too.
Another way to determine whether an attorney is knowledgeable is to read what they’ve written – if they’ve published anything at all. Typically, experienced and educated lawyers will publish books or reports on their specialty. For example, we’ve recently come out with a medical malpractice guide for parents.
Of course there’s nothing wrong with looking up the top-ranked lawyers in your area, but even if they’re highly ranked, make sure to find the answers to these questions and find the best lawyer for your unique case, especially for a serious injury or death.