How can I find an attorney for a car accident injury?
After sustaining an injury in a car accident, it is very important to contact a car accident attorney. Finding the right attorney for your injury can be done in a variety of ways.
Finding a Car Accident Injury Attorney
The first thing that many do when seeking an attorney for a car accident injury is to ask their friends and family for suggestions. If someone you know has been in a similar situation as you and filed a personal injury claim following a car accident, ask them which attorney represented them and if they would recommend their services to you. Taking this route allows you to not only receive the name of an experienced attorney, but also have an insider’s view of the attorney’s way of communicating and interacting with clients.
If you do not know anyone who has hired a car accident attorney in the past, you can look online for an attorney in your area. Visit a search engine and use keywords such as “Toledo car accident attorney,” or “car accident injury lawyer Toledo” and you will see multiple results for your search.
Researching a Personal Injury Attorney
After you find an attorney’s website, take the time to learn about them. Deciding on a car accident attorney is an important decision as they will be representing you in a legal case that can significantly affect your financial situation. Some things to note when looking through a car accident attorney’s website include:
- Is the site updated with case results and helpful information to clients?
- Read the attorney’s bio – do they seem like they’d be a good fit for you?
- Is there a blog that can guide you through the legal process?
- Are there client testimonials?
- Is the attorney board certified?
After you look through the website of the attorney, contact the office via phone. When calling in, ask the secretary or intake person what the office’s protocol is (i.e. will you be working directly with the attorney or a legal aid?). You can also ask how many years of experience the attorney has, how many years the firm has been in practice doing injury cases, and if they are limited to car accidents and personal injury cases.
Once you feel confident about hiring the attorney, make sure you inquire about the fee. Most attorneys operate on a contingency fee which ultimately takes a portion of your settlement as payment. Ask what the percentage is (typically 1/3 of the settlement).
Hiring a Car Accident Attorney
After following the above steps in researching a car accident attorney, contact the office and explain the accident you were involved in and the injuries that you’ve sustained. When calling our law office at 419.841.4400, you will then be able to speak directly to an attorney about your case and receive advice on the steps that you should take.
We recommend contacting an attorney sooner rather than later as the process is much easier with legal guidance from the beginning. You will also be able to avoid the possibility of jeopardizing your claim which can easily be done if you do not have an experienced car accident attorney advising you.
Call Contrada & Associates at 419.841.4400 to receive the legal guidance that you need for your car accident injury claim.