How do I find the right lawyer for me and my family after a serious injury?

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The traditional way to find a lawyer is word of mouth. Sometimes, a trusted friend can provide a referral to a lawyer they know or have worked with.  But lawyers are specialized now and it can be hard to find the best lawyer for you.  reviews - what real clients have said about the lawyer are a great resource.

Here are some tips on finding the right lawyer after a serious injury.

The internet is an essential resource. Looking at the websites of personal injury law firms will allow you to start to evaluate the various firms. But be careful here, like TV commercials law firms can buy listings, content, and everything else.  So make sure the site has a lot of content and information that you can use.

There are lots of questions you'll need to ask, like:

Have they handled the specific type of case you have? Are they Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (very few lawyers have this distinction); are they selected as Super Lawyers by an independed rating agency? 

Have they published books, guides and reports on the type of case you have?

After on-line research, a phone call and then an in-person meeting with a lawyer is the best way to see if the firm is the right fit for you.  Make sure you can work with and trust the lawyer you hire.  Remember, insurance companies know who the serious lawyers are - the ones who help people with catastrophic injuries

And you only get one chance in court - so make the best decision for you and your family.

Order our free resources on the types of cases we help people with and on specific questions you should ask any lawyer you are considering hiring to make sure that lawyer is the best for you and your family.


Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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