Personal injuries are tragedies by themselves and personal injury lawyers are often the only hope of getting you some form of compensation for the pain and financial burden that you should not have had to suffer, had it not been for someone else’s negligence or actions. Unfortunately, not every personal injury lawyer is up to the task and there is no point in wasting time with them. But the question remains, how will you know that the personal injury lawyer you have hired is not the right one for you? Well, it’s not that hard to figure this one out really, but you will have to know and accept the signs for what they are.
Your Lawyer is Uncommunicative
A lawyer has legal obligations to keep you informed about the case and its developments, so if he/she is uncommunicative regarding those details, it’s a sign that you are not dealing with a good personal injury lawyer. A good lawyer will pick up your calls/emails/texts or return them at the earliest, as well as keeping you informed on their own. Also, notice how fruitful each meeting with your lawyer is in terms of effective communication. Does he/she seem disinterested or closed off to your questions?
Visiting Your Personal Injury Lawyer Makes You Feel Bad
It is unprofessional for any lawyer to be rude or impolite to their clients, so that’s always a red flag. If a visit to your lawyer makes you feel bad in any way, owing to his/her behavior, it is time to fire the lawyer and find a personal injury lawyer for your case that actually cares about the client, the case, and how he/she feels during the whole ordeal.
The Firm Does Not Know Who You are
If the law firm for which your lawyer works seems completely uninformed about your case or even your connection to the firm or is unable to find someone who can answer your queries for you, it is a bad sign that indicates unconnected and disorganized client management. A smaller, but reputed law firm might be a better idea for personal injuries, as they cater to their clients as a unified legal force.
Does the Lawyer have a Case of Misconduct in their Past?
If a lawyer in the US has been disciplined by the Bar in any given state, it does not reflect well on his/her resume. While it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are dealing with a bad lawyer, you should check up on the cause for which the disciplinary action was taken, and also, if any of the other symptoms we just discussed can be observed while working with the lawyer.
Check for online reviews about the firm and the particular lawyer before hiring because it is always better if you take some time doing the research necessary for hiring a good personal injury lawyer, to begin with, but just in case you made a mistake, there is no reason to make it worse and continue either.