Personal injury lawyers are not only expert injury lawyers; they are also brilliant sales representatives for their firms. When you meet with a lawyer, it’s important to be able to see through all the fancy fluff and legal lingo to make sure you will not only to get the best deal but also the best service. If you are looking for the best reviews of personal injury lawyers then you will need these three top tips to help in your search.
1. Shop Around
There are plenty of personal injury law firms. Big brand firms can easily spend hundreds of thousands a year on advertising. With so many claims opening these firms can become like legal sweat shops as lawyers have such huge caseloads. Obviously with so much pressure, those lawyers are often in a position where they need to get quick results without taking the time to get the best results. You certainly don’t want a lawyer that will churn and burn through your claim, particularly if you have what they may term as ‘a lower end’ or ‘minor’ claim that won’t necessarily result in serious profit for the law firm. It’s important that you find a lawyer that genuinely cares. Furthermore, it definitely helps when a firm relies on word of mouth to retain clients as opposed to marketing because then you know that the firm is going above and beyond to ensure their clients have the best legal experience.
2. Take advantage of the free meeting
Remember lawyers are excellent at sales, so be wary. It’s a good idea to have a support person with you in the meeting as you will be inundated with information and then pressured to sign paperwork. You do not have to sign right there as you should be advised to obtain independent advice regarding the client agreement however if you do, the client agreement should contain a cooling off period of five business days. Make sure you understand the terminology the lawyers will be using, if you don’t then ask the lawyer to explain exactly what they mean. Many of the online reviews about law firms are often a result of clients not understanding what was going to happen until it was all said and done – that’s one way to feel like you have been taken advantage of. Client meetings are also a great opportunity to get to know your Lawyer. Some great questions to ask your Lawyer would include:
- How many files are they personally handing?
- Will you be able to contact them directly via either text or phone?
- How they will be providing you with updates and at what frequency you will be receiving them?
- What type of experience in this area of law have they had?
3. Know the costs
It is important for you to understand the actual costs of your claim. Lawyers are entitled to uplift their fees by up to 25 % of their normal hourly rates if they reach a successful outcome. It isn’t hard to believe that a lawyer would not take on your case unless they were confident with its potential success so avoid a firm that wants to chew into your settlement via the uplift fee clause. At Revolution Law- there is no uplift.
We will take you through a fee disclosure to ensure you are not blindsided by costs. Personal injury law firms also have to cap their fees at 50% of the total settlement amount. This does not mean we will take 50% of your settlement, it just means in low-end claims which may only settle for 30 thousand, we would be capped at 15 thousand dollars for legal fees. To settle a claim takes 12-18 months and easily 100 plus hours of legal work. This 50% cap simply protects people from losing all their money in legal fees.
Obviously, this might make you question if you should get a personal injury lawyer for a low-end claim. This is when you take advantage of our free consultation. We will look at how viable your claim is and you can question us on whether it’s worth running yourself. We will have no hesitation in reviewing and determining this for you.
It’s a daunting experience particularly after a life-altering event such as an accident.
We wish you the best in your search for a personal injury lawyer and remember, personal injury lawyers aren't all that bad if you find one will to go above and beyond!
If you have any queries or need for a second opinion, then call and chat to one of the Revolution Law lawyers today.