Here are some steps that can help in finding and choosing the right lawyer for your car accident/injury case.

Questions to ask potential attorneys.

Not every attorney will meet all these criteria, but a significant absence may be important.

Experience

Obviously the longer you have been practicing a particular area of the law the more you will know. Experience is a big factor in most cases.

Experience actually trying cases

Ask the attorney how many cases he has actually tried. Has he or she achieved any significant verdicts or settlements? Does he have a list of verdicts and settlements available that you can look at? Do not accept the "all my cases are confidential" line! The greater the number of cases actually tried and substantial verdicts and settlements achieved, the more likely the insurance companies will respect you. Past results are not a guarantee of the future but past results do demonstrate some level of experience and success.

Respect in the legal community

Does the attorney teach other lawyers in continuing legal education courses?

Membership in Super Lawyers(R)

The stated objective of the Super Lawyers selection process is to create a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of outstanding attorneys that can be used as a resource to assist attorneys and sophisticated consumers in the search for legal counsel. Top lawyers are chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics and is based on the survey of attorneys across the state.

AV(R) Peer Review Rating by Lexis-Nexis(R) Martindale-Hubbell(R)

An AV rating is a significant accomplishment; a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence and ethics.

Membership in Trial Lawyer Associations

For example, in Georgia, you can certainly find a lawyer who is a member of a Georgia Trial Lawyers Association (GTLA) and the American Association for Justice (AAJ). These organizations provide extensive education and networking for trial lawyers.

Other Factors to Consider

Did the attorney make contact with you first?

Beware of any attorney who contacts you in writing or contacts you by phone after you have had an accident for the sole purpose of soliciting you. Some attorneys employ "runners" to personally solicit accident victims. The "runners" literally buy accident reports, or pay a clerk at the local hospital to provide your private information. They then make a "cold" call to you in the hospital or at home where you are recuperating to encourage you to sign a contract with certain attorneys. Outrageous does not begin to describe this practice. Not only is this outrageous, it is unethical and illegal behavior. If you get contacted by one of these vultures, you should get as much information about them and have them send a contract to you for signature to find out who they work for and turn them into the State Bar Association.

Get a referral from an attorney that you know.

He or she will probably know someone who does specialize in your area of need.

Get a referral from an attorney that you know.

Ask each attorney who else handles these type cases in your area. If they will not give you any names, leave. Ask this question of each attorney. The names you see showing up on various lists of recommendations are probably good bets for attorneys doing these cases on a regular basis in your area. This is probably the best way to find the attorney who is right for you.

Doctor/Lawyer Lawyer/Doctor Referrals.

Beware of any attorney who has a stable of doctors he wants to refer you to. You can tell who these attorneys are by their stack of doctors cards they keep in their office. This can actually be a huge mistake and detrimental to your claim.