Not all personal injury lawyers are created equal—and we should know, we’ve been up against some formidable opponents, and some less-than-formidable opponents. So, what qualifies a personal injury lawyer as formidable—and more importantly, how to find a good personal injury lawyer amongst the crowd?
What Makes a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
A personal injury lawyer that is good at their job will have a number of attributes, including:
·A large percentage of their business and case load is personal injury cases.
·They have a successful track record, with both out-of-court settlements and in going to trial.
·They will have years of experience in personal injury law in Ontario.
·Their experience will be primarily in representing plaintiffs (or defendants if you are the defendant in a personal injury case).
·They will be the primary lawyer on your case—and if they work with a partner or team they will introduce you to them immediately.
·They have expertise in your area of personal injury claim, whether it be in animal law, car accidents, workplace accidents, slip and fall accidents, etc.
·They won’t have any conflicts of interest.
How to Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
Equipped with the checklist above of what makes a good personal injury lawyer you are now prepared to find them and begin the interview/meeting process—but first, how to find a good personal injury lawyer. There are a number of ways to locate a good lawyer to represent you:
1. By Referral
If you have worked with a lawyer before—be it a real estate, immigration or family lawyer—then ask them for a referral to one of the best personal injury lawyers in your area. Should you not know any lawyers, ask your friends, family and coworkers if they know of any successful attorneys in your area.
The most successful personal injury lawyers in your area will likely be in articles in the paper at least a few times a year, so search your local paper for recent publicized personal injury lawsuit cases.
We find everything else on Google, and lawyers are no different. But, of course, do significant research when finding lawyers online by looking at reviews, their status with the Better Business Bureau and the standing on the website of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
4. Use the above sources to create a shortlist of candidates to meet with, then use the meeting to find one with the same goals as you. And of course, never make a personal injury lawyer shortlist in Whitby without adding the experts at Jane Conte—personal injury is our business.