Were you injured in a car accident on Long Island? Are you fairly certain that the other driver was negligent in some way and might be at fault for your crash? If so, you might be able to seek compensation for the harm you’ve suffered and the financial losses you’ve incurred – but doing so often requires help from an experienced attorney.
Choosing the best lawyer to handle your car accident claim can be daunting. How can you be sure that you are picking someone who is knowledgeable and will be best equipped to handle your case? Can you trust online reviews? Do you rely on word of mouth? Should you contact the firms you’ve seen on television commercials and billboards?
At Finz & Finz, P.C., our results speak volumes about our experience and commitment to excellence. To date, we have won over $1 billion for our clients, and we’re eager to put our reputation and experience to work on your behalf. But we also understand that the choice you face is a personal one, which is why we’ve provided the following tips to help you make this critical decision.
Ask for Referrals
Before you do anything else, talk to the people you trust. Ask friends, family, and colleagues for referrals. You want to talk to people with actual experience dealing with the attorney, not a friend of a friend who says, “they’re good.” You want someone who can offer you a real insight into the connection between client and attorney.
Ask for details about the person’s experience. Was it positive? Were they happy with the ultimate result? Did the attorney communicate with them through the entire process? The more questions you ask now, the more confident you can be in your selection.
Find a Lawyer with Specific Practice Area Experience
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you will want an attorney who’s handled many car accident cases in the past — that is, someone who knows how to investigate a collision, who has relationships with accident reconstruction specialists and medical experts, and who’s well-versed in all state and local laws on motor vehicles. Conversely, if you’ve been hurt in a slip-and-fall accident, you will want a lawyer who understands the complexity of premises liability, including notice requirements, building and fire code violations, and more.
Many firms have considerable experience in various practice areas, and there’s no reason that an excellent divorce attorney can’t also be a good personal injury lawyer, for example. You just want to ensure that the attorney whose services you retain has a proven track record in the relevant field.
Search the County Bar Association
You can also narrow down your options by searching the appropriate county bar database. Depending on your location on Long Island, you can search the Suffolk County Bar Association or the Nassau County Bar Association for lists of attorneys near you.
Read Online Reviews
When researching which attorney might be best to assist you following a car accident, reading online reviews from websites like Google can be very helpful. There, you will get honest feedback from real clients. If a firm has a lot of positive online reviews, the chances are that most of their clients are satisfied with the firm’s representation and communication, and you are likely to be satisfied, too. If a firm doesn’t have many online Google reviews, or worse, if a firm has a lot of negative reviews, then you should probably steer clear of that firm.
Schedule Free Consultations with Attorneys
Once you have a list of attorneys you are interested in working with, contact them to take advantage of a free initial consultation. Most law firms will offer a no-obligation and confidential consultation to review your case.
This consultation gives the attorney a chance to evaluate your circumstances and lay out your legal options, but it also gives you the opportunity to interview the attorney. Bring a notepad, a pen, and a list of the following questions to the consultation:
- Who specifically will handle my case?
- What is your communication style?
- Who can I contact if I have questions along the way, and how responsive are you to client calls or messages?
- What experience do you have negotiating with insurance companies?
- What experience do you have in the courtroom?
- What is the firm’s record of success?
- What is your fee structure?
- How long have you been in practice?
- What percentage of your cases are personal injury cases?
It can be stressful and intimidating to walk into a new situation, especially after a traumatic event like a car accident. That is why we recommend writing down your questions ahead of time. Doing so can help organize your thoughts, so you won’t forget anything that could be important to your decision-making process.
Ask About Past Successes
A lawyer’s track record is the single best indicator of their future success – even though it does not guarantee future results. Be sure to ask about past cases. You want to feel secure knowing that your lawyer has a history of reaching favorable outcomes for their clients.
Trust Your Instincts
The attorney you retain is someone with whom you’ll work closely for an extended period of time. Trust your gut and choose someone you feel comfortable sharing with and talking to. You may want to ask yourself these questions before making a final selection:
- Am I comfortable with their communication style?
- Do I feel like they listened to my concerns?
- Did they respond with compassion and understanding?
- Did they answer my questions honestly and transparently?
- Were they organized and prepared for my consultation?
- Does their firm appear to have the resources to handle a case like mine?
Picking the right attorney is about more than simply selecting the person with the most credentials or the longest case history. It’s about finding someone you trust and believe in and someone who trusts and believes in you.
Contact an Experienced Long Island Car Accident Lawyer from Finz & Finz
At Finz & Finz, P.C., we seek justice on behalf of those who’ve been injured through no fault of their own. We have a wealth of experience handling car accident cases, and we have the resources necessary to handle cases both large and small.
If you’ve been injured in a car accident, turn to the Long Island car accident lawyers of Finz & Finz, P.C. for the qualified legal counsel that you deserve. Call us, chat with us live, or fill out a contact form for a free consultation.