If you’ve been injured in an accident that was at least partially the fault of someone else’s recklessness or negligence, then you may be in need of a Florida personal injury attorney. But how do you choose the right one? At Gilbert and Smallman, we believe we are the best choice – but we also believe you should know how to determine that for yourself. Here are five things to look for as you compare your options.
1. You need an attorney with legal experience
This may seem like an obvious thing, but in reality some newer attorneys will try to convince you that their “freshness” will work to your benefit. The truth is that the more experience an attorney has, the better they’re likely to be.
2. You need an attorney with personal injury experience
Just having experience isn’t enough – you need a lawyer who has experience with personal injury cases. After all, if you find an attorney who’s studied tax law for two decades, do you think they’ll be up to date on the latest laws that affect personal injury cases? Chances are good that they won’t.
3. You need an attorney experienced in your specific type of case
What type of personal injury case do you have? Were you in a car accident? Have you suffered as a result of medical malpractice? Has a loved one suffered a traumatic brain injury? Whatever your specific needs are, make sure that the attorney you choose not only has general personal injury experience but has experience with your particular type of injury.
4. You need a free consultation
How could you possibly choose an attorney without speaking to them first? It would be virtually impossible, yet many personal injury firms will require you to pay for this first meeting. What happens if you don’t like them? You’ve essentially thrown money out the window. When you work with Gilbert and Smallman, you can count on a free consultation.
5. You need an attorney to take your case on contingency
Not being able to afford an attorney shouldn’t be the one thing that prevents you from getting the compensation that’s due to you. Look for an attorney who takes cases on contingency, which means they don’t charge a penny until you win your case. In the event that you don’t win, then you don’t owe them anything.