Which Birmingham Alabama Personal Injury Lawyer is For You?
While it is possible to negotiate a personal injury settlement without the aid of an Alabama personal injury attorney, an attorney can help you maximize your recovery. You need an attorney who has experience dealing with insurance companies, but how do you find an experienced attorney?
Learn About the Attorneys and Check References
One way that many people begin to search for attorneys is in the phone book or online. Our Birmingham personal injury attorneys actually receive a great number of referrals for much of their business. You should talk to your family, friends, the people you work with, and attorneys you have used in the past. These people can give you their impressions of the Birmingham personal injury lawyers they have worked with and help you make an informed decision.
Another way to find an attorney is to call the Alabama State Bar Attorney Referral Line. The lawyer referral service toll free number is 1-800-392-5660 and is available Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The service will provide you with the name of an attorney in your area who practices in the field of law that relates to your problem.
Once you have a specific attorney you would like to consult, you should make an appointment for an initial consultation.
Most Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers don’t charge a fee, but be sure to ask about any fees before you meet with the attorney. At the initial consultation, you should provide the attorney with all relevant documents that you have in you possession. That would include police reports, medical bills, and letters from insurance companies.
Prepare in Advance for Your Legal Consultation
You should also have a series of questions prepared so that you can assess the abilities of the attorney. You should ask questions about the attorney’s educational background and if they have taken any continuing education classes in the past few years. You should find out how long the attorney has been in practice, and how many personal injury claims they have successfully settled.
Find out if the attorney typically represents the insurance company or the injured party. Find out if the attorney will be the only attorney assigned to the case or if they would share the work with another attorney in the firm.
Ask if they foresee the case going to trial or if they think this is the kind of case more likely to settle out of court. Ask if the attorney has any trial experience.
Find out how the attorney plans to be compensated. Will they work on a contingency fee basis or will you have to pay money upfront? Do they charge a retainer fee. Are there any other fees or expenses that you would be responsible for paying?
Hopefully, you can get enough information from these questions to help you choose the right attorney for your case.
Ken Riley Esq. Discusses Choosing the Right Attorney
Please watch this short clip for more information from Alabama Personal Injury Attorney Ken Riley on choosing the right Birmingham attorney for you:
The Alabama Personal injury attorneys of Farris, Riley and Pitt would like the opportunity to answer your questions and put our experience to work for you. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 205-324-1212 or toll free 888-580-5176.