In May it will be 2 years from the date of my car accident. I have not hired an attorney yet. I'm overwhelmed by all the attorneys out there and do not know how to go about finding the right one for my case. I've had surgery and still being treated and don't foresee me being healed by the 2 year mark. I would appreciate any info you could give about how to choose a lawyer. Next month it will be a year from the date of my surgery. Can I file something with the courts if an attorney is not hired yet?
Interview several then look to hire the one you are most comfortable with and confident in. There you go. Don't delay further. Good luck.
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I would not suggest waiting and filing yourself. Like with all aspects of a claim such as yours, there are too many things that can go wrong, if you try to do things without an attorney.. You should be looking for someone with trial experience and reputation, but who also is a good communicator and who places great importance on getting back to his or her clients quickly when they have a question or concern. In considering who to hire I would also suggest paying attention to the disclaimer below to make sure you are not misled by factors that do not necessarily have any importance to your decision making process.
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There is no perfect formula, but meet with several attorneys and proceed with the attorney that will be the best advocate, speak to you truthfully and make you comfortable. Good luck.
I am extremely impressed by your question. It is nice to see a personal take their time and understand how important it is to hire the right attorney for their case. There are many factors that you should consider before hiring an attorney. What is the attorney's experience in handling car accidents? How many cases do they handle at one time? Will I be able to call and speak with a lawyer?
My suggestion would be to schedule a free in-person consultation with a few attorneys and see which one you feel most comfortable working with on your case. Since the deadline is approaching, you need to act extremely quickly. Best of luck!
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You need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Most offer a free consultation. You can talk to the attorney and ask about their qualifications and experience. These days it is important that your attorney has actual trial experience. Insurance companies are tougher than ever, and they know which attorneys are willing to go to trial and which ones just want to settle. Also you need to be comfortable with the attorney. Trust and accessibility are very important.
I have handled thousands of car accident cases and tried nearly 100 jury trials. Ask your lawyer about their own specific experience. Good luck.
I am a personal injury lawyer located in Dayton, Ohio. I am an experienced trial lawyer who represents injury victims against the insurance companies. We do not have an attorney-client relationship. I am not your lawyer. I am not providing any legal advice. I am only licensed in the State of Ohio. You should contact an attorney for legal advice.
I would suggest this. You could check with this web site for an attorney in your area and interview several. See who you are most comfortable. You could also check the local bar association for names. But you should do this ASAP as the statute of limitations will expire in May. An attorney needs some time to put together all of the necessary documents. I wouldn't try it yourself.
You should hire a local personal injury lawyer immediately so that you can discuss the detail of your case. You will also need to make sure that you file a lawsuit in the time allowed by law or you will lose your rights to recover. You can run a "Find a Lawyer:" search hereon Avvo to locate several lawyers in your area. You can arrange a few telephone consultations to find a lawyer with whom you feel comfortable. Good luck.
Good question. Start your search on the web. Check the lawyers out before you schedule an appointment to see what type of experience they have, what types of case results they have, and how they are regarded in the legal community. Once you have a short list, call the lawyers. If you feel comfortable with the firm or firms, set up an appointment to interview them in person. Good luck!
Benjamin Andrews is licensed to practice in Virginia only. The preceding is for information only and should not be construed as legal advice. Always call a lawyer directly for advice.
My advice would be to hire a law firm and an attorney who limits his practice to plaintiff personal injury. As you know it's not too late but you should act quickly. You can select an attorney from Avvo or you can call your local bar association or ask a trusted friend who has had an injury case. All injury lawyers I'm aware of will be happy to speak with you on the phone or meet with you with no obligation and without charge. Good luck.
Technically, yes, you can file something on your own if you do not hire a lawyer. However, you may be doing yourself a disservice. Instead, I would follow the advice that my colleagues have already given to you. Additionally, if you have worked with another type of lawyer (such as a trust and estates lawyer or business lawyer) whom you like and respect then you might ask that attorney for a referral. You can also talk to family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have been hurt in Ohio car accidents and get their recommendations. You are doing the right thing by taking this decision seriously and I wish you the best of luck.
All of my colleagues here have given great advice, I would just add one thing. When interviewing a lawyer, ask them who your primary contact will be and how often you can expect to hear from them. Some people need/want more contact than others, and each attorney has their own style of communicating with clients. For example, I have lots of clients who don't like phone calls but prefer text messaging, and even Facebook messaging. Make sure that you and your attorney are on the same page regarding frequency of communication so that neither of you ends up frustrated with the other.
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You need to start interviewing attorneys as soon as possible. While there are a lot of attorneys out there, the longer you wait, the more difficulty you will have finding one that will be willing to assist you. There are numerous aspects of the case that the attorney will need to review before he or she can properly file a lawsuit for you. I also would not recommend filing the lawsuit yourself as you may not include necessary parties and/or claims which could be devastating to your case. Most initial consultations are free. Interview a few and then select the one you are most comfortable with and who answers your questions. Keep in mind that you want an attorney, not a case manager to handle your case.
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You can evaluate Avvo lawyer profiles. Avvo has a great "find a lawyer" tool to locate a top-rated Avvo attorney (10) with a low contingency fee, less than thirty percent, so you don't get hurt twice. Good luck.
You are in the right place. Interview several in your area. I happen to know someone very good in Columbus.
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