You’ve been involved in some kind of accident, and now you’re injured and don’t know what to do. What steps do you take? Who do you call? Is there anyone who can help you? These are some of the most common questions asked by victims who have been involved in an accident. So if you’re wondering the same thing, you’re not alone.
Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. People act carelessly, machines break suddenly, and trees fall out of nowhere. There a million different things that could go wrong at the drop of a dime. But lucky for you, there will never be a shortage of hardworking, intelligent lawyers that are interested in taking your personal injury case. You just have to put in a little bit of work so that you can find the lawyer that is right for you.
Sometimes, you can find the right personal injury lawyer on the first call you make. Other times, you will have to speak to a few different attorneys to get a feel for who understands your needs and who you believe will fight the hardest for you. It’s important to remember that if something happens to you, a competent personal injury lawyer can help you recover what you deserve. Where can you find one of these lawyers if you don’t already have one?
Finding an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
There are many ways to go about searching for a lawyer that will best suit your needs. Here are the top three ways to find the right personal injury lawyer for your case:
1. Word of Mouth
First, always try to find a good personal injury lawyer by word of mouth. Many people have already worked with an attorney. Whether you decide to ask friends, neighbors, family or co-workers, you will often find that people close to you have experienced situations similar to yours and have needed a personal injury lawyer at one point or another. There are many people who have different attorneys for different matters. Some of the people you talk to will highly recommend a lawyer to you, and others may explain to you a situation that led them to dislike a certain lawyer.
You will find that many people don’t openly speak about their legal issues until the subject has been brought up. By bringing up the subject and asking around for recommendations, your friends and neighbors may share their similar stories and begin recommending lawyers that have helped them during similarly difficult times. Speaking to the people in your community will allow you to get a grasp on the lawyers in your area and may lead you to the perfect match.
As previously mentioned, accidents happen all the time. It is most likely that some of the people around you have already utilized the services of a personal injury lawyer, so you may be surprised to find many recommendations by simple word of mouth.
2. The Internet
Whether you’ve already found a personal injury lawyer you like and you just want to do a bit more research or you don’t even know where to begin, using the internet is a sure fire way to find the right lawyer for you. It’s 2019 – an era of technology. Why not use this technology to your advantage? Just hop on to your computer, phone, or tablet, and use your preferred search engine (Google, Facebook, Bing, Yahoo, etc.) to ask some questions about finding a lawyer. There are a bunch of different algorithms out in internet space that will help match you to a competent personal injury lawyer.
Start simple: Google something like “personal injury lawyer.” Google will automatically display a bunch of different options for you to choose from. Usually, the search will even narrow it down to lawyers near your geographic location so that you won’t have to travel very far if you don’t want to. Google makes it easy to find attorneys for you within just a few miles of your home or workplace. Many of the attorneys that pop up will be from a “sponsored” advertising campaign. In other words, lawyers will pay for their names to pop up when you search for a lawyer because they want your business! This is good for you. It allows you to add more options to your list of possible lawyers.
There are many websites that list different lawyers based on an array of criteria, such as: client reviews, ratings, and practice area. Avvo.com is one of the most popular legal search websites out there, and it’s very user friendly. Use it to search around if you aren’t having luck with Google. If you’ve already found a few options that you’re considering and you just want to do some extra research, use Google or Avvo for that as well. Other websites, such as justia.com and lawyer.com, do similar things.
Don’t forget to also check Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms! Social media channels can tell you a lot about a law firm. You can sift through ratings and reviews until you’re satisfied that you’ve come to the right lawyer. You can even find a lawyer based on how much you want to pay, and which lawyers offer free consultations.
3. Legal Referral Service
Many state bars offer this service for anyone who may not know where to begin when trying to find a lawyer. It’s quite simple and easy enough for anyone to use. Basically, you would visit your state’s bar website and search for the referral service link (or you could just Google, for example, “Florida bar referral service”, and it’s the first link that pops up).
The website allows you to submit a request to find a lawyer based on your geographic location and the type of law you need help with. Here, it would be personal injury. So, by simply providing your zip code and entering the key words “personal injury,” the Florida Bar will begin to refer you to lawyers who might best suit your legal needs.
NOTE: This is not just a Florida service. Many states provide the same or similar services to anyone searching for the right lawyer. There are other legal referral services out there, but most state bar referral services will help you for free.
You Can Trust Porcaro Law Group
Of all the reasons to work with an attorney after an accident, one of the most important is having a knowledgeable and experienced person on your side. When you’ve suffered from an injury that has an impact on your life, working with an experienced lawyer and their team, like the team at Porcaro Law, will ensure you’re putting your best foot forward to get the settlement you deserve. This will provide you with piece of mind knowing you are doing your part.
A car accident can be a frightening experience. Most people do not know how much, if any compensation they are entitled to after they have been in an accident. With Porcaro Law Group by your side, you will feel confident knowing that your rights are protected and the responsible parties are held liable for their actions. We will help you get the compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident, contact us today.