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Be More Informed....

1. Generally speaking, a lawyer who only handles personal injury cases will be more informed and have more experience in personal injury law than an attorney who only does a few cases per year. The lawyer who did a great job representing you for a traffic ticket might not be the best lawyer to represent you in a personal injury case. Likewise, a lawyer that your family has used for years for all types of issues might not be the best lawyer for a personal injury case. That being said, the lawyers who advertise personal injury on TV are not the only personal injury attorneys around. Check the internet, the yellow pages, bar referral services, and ask others who have had experience with personal injury lawyers.

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Shop Around....

2. Always be a smart shopper for legal services. That means shop around -- don't hire a lawyer just because he is the only one you have talked to. Hiring an attorney is like buying a tomato. You have to feel around until you get the one that feels right. Your personal injury case will be a long process. You want an attorney who knows what she is doing but also who answers your questions, doesn't talk down to you, and treats you like more than "just another case." You wouldn't buy the first car you came across; you'd shop around. Do the same thing with lawyers. Finding the right lawyer is equally important as finding an experienced lawyer.

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Do Your Research....

3. Do your research. Check out the lawyer's reputation. You can ask friends and relatives; check the internet and internet rating services; check the state bar to see if the lawyer has been disciplined; ask other lawyers who don't do personal injury what they know about the lawyer you are considering.

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Meet The Attorney....

4. Meet with the lawyer -- not a staff person. If your initial visit at a firm has you meeting with a staff person rather than the lawyer, more likely than not that lawyer will not be dealing directly with you throughout your case.

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Ask Questions....

5. Ask the lawyer questions. This is your case. Do not feel like you cannot ask questions. If the lawyer does not want to answer your questions in a consultation, this is a good indicator that the lawyer will not be open to your questions after you have hired him.