The purpose of a lawsuit is to “make things even” and right wrongs. That’s straightforward when someone’s poor decisions have cost you money, like damages to your property. What about the damage that doesn’t come down to dollars and cents, though? You’ve probably heard the term “pain and suffering” related to lawsuits. No one can undo the pain someone has caused you. These lawsuits give you the only thing anyone can to make up for the pain, though: financial compensation.
Before you dive in and hire a pain and suffering lawyer, use these tips to find the right one.
1. Find Out Whether You Have a Case
Before you start investing your time in a lawyer search, get an idea of whether you truly have a case. In a legal sense, pain and suffering are more limited than many people realize.
The law varies from state to state, so find out what constitutes pain and suffering in your state. You typically need to have severe or long-term pain, either physical or mental. If you have bruises for a few days, that doesn’t usually make the cut.
Online information is a good start, but an experienced attorney is the only one who can tell you for sure whether you have a case. Consider looking for lawyers who offer free consultations.
2. Choose a Specialized Lawyer
Most attorneys specialize in a narrow aspect of the law. The more specialized your attorney is, the more knowledgeable they’ll be in the particular type of case you have.
Find a lawyer who focuses on the type of pain and suffering lawsuit you have. If your pain came from a car accident, choose a car accident attorney. If it came from an injury at work, find an attorney specializing in workplace injuries.
3. Focus on Reputation
As you consider your attorney options, remember this critical fact: your lawyer’s reputation matters.
The legal process is subjective in many ways. Throughout your case, judges and juries may need to make judgment calls that affect your result. If your lawyer is well-respected and has a relationship with the community, you’re more likely to get decisions in your favor.
Find out what you can about your lawyer’s reputation within the legal community. Are they taken seriously as an attorney? Or are they seen more as someone who is inexperienced or who brings frivolous lawsuits?
4. Get References
The only people who can truly tell you what it’s like to be a client of a particular attorney are other clients. For that reason, before you sign on with an attorney, ask for references from past clients.
This allows you to directly speak with clients about their experiences. You can ask about any part of the process: the timeline, the result, their interactions with the lawyer, and so on.
Keep in mind that these people are generously giving you their personal time to have that conversation, though. Prepare your questions in advance so you can keep the conversation brief and be respectful of their time.
Finding Your Pain and Suffering Lawyer
Hiring your pain and suffering lawyer is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make throughout your case. Make your choice wisely by relying on the tips above.
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