Finding the right lawyer is one of the most important parts of filing a lawsuit after you suffer injuries in an accident. Your lawyer needs to be someone you trust completely, because, to an extent, you are putting your case and your life in this person’s hands. So, how do you find the right lawyer to take on your case? Here are a few tips:
Ask for recommendations. You probably have a friend, neighbor or co-worker who has been in your situation before. What attorney did they use? they like working with that attorney?
Look for someone who is experienced dealing with cases like yours. At Jaroslawicz & Jaros we handle only personal injury cases. Because our practice is so focused, we have become experts in this area of law.
Most personal injury attorneys offer potential clients a free initial case evaluation. Take advantage of these offers and consider getting your case evaluated by multiple attorneys before you agree to hire any particular attorney. Think of an initial case evaluation as a test drive when you are considering buying a new car — there is no obligation to buy every car you test drive; it’s just a way to get more information so that you can buy the car that is best for you. Unfortunately, in my experience, after an accident, most people hire the first lawyer who meets with and speaks to them. Get a second (or a third or even a fourth) opinion.
Over the years I routinely get contacted by a new client about a possible personal injury case. When I call the person back, I find that they often tell me, “I already hired another lawyer." I ask, “But you just called or sent me the email 20 minutes ago. Why did you call or send it if you already have a lawyer?" Then they say, “Oh, I called or sent the email to a few lawyers and another lawyer already spoke to me on the phone before you called me so I hired that lawyer." This is a conversation that actually makes very little sense, yet I have heard it many times over the years.
After a serious injury from any type of accident, hiring the right lawyer for your case is one of the most important decisions you will ever make and will probably affect you and your family for the rest of your life. Yet, most people put much more thought and homework into what car or suit they should buy than they do with what lawyer to hire after an accident!
Go with your gut. If you are meeting with an attorney and you just feel in your gut that they are not the right attorney for you, don’t hire them! If you aren’t comfortable working with them now, you are probably not going to be comfortable working with them later. By “uncomfortable," we don’t mean that awkward feeling every initial meeting has where you are telling your medical issues to a complete stranger. We are talking about the feeling you get that this person can’t handle your case, or isn’t taking you seriously, or doesn’t seem to know what he or she is talking about and most importantly does not answer your questions to your satisfaction.
If you can, you should always visit the lawyer at his or her office. That is always a good idea as how the office looks gives you a very good idea of how successful the lawyer is. You see how large or small the firm is and how many lawyers the firm has, you see how you are treated by the receptionist when you walk in, you see how the reception area looks, you even hear how the receptionist and others speak to their clients on the phone while you are there and you can even see how busy the office is.
First, regardless of how you were referred to this lawyer, try to get the following information from the lawyer. Do not be afraid to ask the following questions:
Always look at what past clients say about the firm and its lawyers? If they have a website, look at their reviews or testimonials, their letters and emails from satisfied clients. I hear from prospective clients who are now very unhappy with their lawyer that they actually hired the first lawyer that they spoke to or met whether at the hospital, at home or at the lawyer’s office. They actually never interviewed any other lawyer after their accident before hiring their present lawyer!
We Have Recovered Over $2 Billion for Our Clients. The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. With more than 300 years of combined experience in legal guidance and representation our New York City personal injury attorneys can represent you to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our skilled legal team has earned multiple awards and recognitions, including:
When you retain a New York City accident lawyer from Jaroslawicz & Jaros, PLLC, you will always work directly with your lawyer, not a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you!
Contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for a free legal consultation regarding your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.
At Jaroslawicz & Jaros, we have over 40 years of experience helping accident victims in New York recover compensation. The clients we represent benefit from the personal attention of our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys.
The attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros have obtained verdicts and settlements of over $1 Million for hundreds of our individual clients. Since all New York personal injury law firms generally charge the same legal fee why not hire an experienced law firm with a proven track record?
When you retain the New York City accident lawyers at Jaroslawicz & Jaros, you will always work directly with your lawyer, and not with a paralegal or secretary. We will always be available to you! Our hundreds of positive client reviews and testimonials speak for themselves.
Contact the attorneys at Jaroslawicz & Jaros for a free legal consultation regarding your rights and your legal options. If we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis so that you don’t have to worry about any upfront costs.
You can reach partner Abraham Jaros directly, either call his cell 917-842-9544, or email him at email@example.com. Or call Jaroslawicz & Jaros at 212 227 2780 in New York, or toll free 800-269-2780, or submit an online questionnaire.