Best Philadelphia, PA Personal Injury Lawyers [(year)] – Forbes

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Don’t choose a Philadelphia personal injury lawyer based on whose name you recognize from billboards around the city. Instead, follow these steps to ensure that you’re hiring an attorney who is the best fit for you.

Ask for Referrals

If you know someone who hired a personal injury lawyer in the past five or 10 years, ask them who they used and whether they would recommend that law firm and/or that lawyer. You may find that someone knows an attorney who is perfect for you.

If the person you asked for a referral has negative things to say, this can be useful too. Make a note of what they were dissatisfied with so you can add it to your own criteria when evaluating lawyers.

Look for a Lawyer with Experience

Be wary of law firms that do everything. They may be fantastic, but they may also be stretched too thin and not especially knowledgeable about your particular needs. Try to find a lawyer who has a long track record in litigating personal injury cases. Make sure the attorneys you’re considering are familiar with how these cases work.

Discuss Their Fees

You typically won’t have to pay up front for a personal injury lawyer—many charge on contingency, meaning that you only have to pay if they win your case. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t need to consider their fees.

Lawyers typically charge 33-40% of the amount collected. That’s a sizeable amount, so you’ll want to make sure that you understand what it’s going to cost you down the line.

Make sure you understand the fee structure before you agree to representation.

Find Out If They’re Comfortable Going to Court

This may very well not matter to you because only 4-5% of all personal injury cases go to trial. Many more cases result in a settlement with no need to go to court. But you don’t want to rely on the fact that a trial is unlikely. Make sure that your attorney is comfortable in front of a courtroom because there’s a chance it will be required.

Ask Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask questions as you’re interviewing attorneys. If a lawyer makes you feel as if you’re being a bother, don’t work with them. There are many lawyers out there who are happy to patiently walk you through every step of the process, answering questions as they arise. You shouldn’t settle for anything less.

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