If you have been involved in a traffic accident in the Chicago area, you are probably wondering how to find a good attorney to help you with your claim. There is certainly no shortage of personal injury attorneys in the Windy City, and finding one that works for you can be a challenge. Many accident victims simply go with the first attorney they come across online or on television. However, there are criteria that accident victims should look for when hiring an accident attorney.
First, you should schedule a time to meet with a few personal injury attorneys. Many personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation where you can ask questions and learn what your legal options may be. During this time, you can also determine if your personalities will work well together. Whereas you do not have to be best friends with your personal injury attorney, you should feel comfortable disclosing personal information to this person. Your attorney will be reviewing your medical records and other sensitive information throughout your claim; therefore, finding an attorney you feel comfortable discussing these matters with is important.
Your attorney should also be experienced in personal injury matters. How many trials has the attorney tried to verdict? Has the attorney negotiated settlements in mediation? Is the attorney experienced in arbitration hearings? How long has the attorney been practicing law? Your attorney should be well rounded and experienced in a variety of hearings and proceedings. A good injury attorney is both a skilled negotiator and an excellent advocate in the courtroom. Additionally, your injury attorney should be experienced in various types of injury claims, such as car accidents, truck accidents, slips and falls, and so on.
What types of settlements and verdicts has the attorney obtained? Do not be afraid to ask questions about the attorney’s track record. How many favorable verdicts has the attorney achieved, for example? What was the largest verdict the attorney obtained, and how realistic is such a result?
How will the attorney communicate with you throughout your case? Does the attorney welcome you to contact him or her anytime with questions, or will you be directed to a paralegal instead? You should always feel comfortable reaching out to your attorney with any questions or concerns you have during your case—you should not simply be directed to email or call a paralegal all of the time.
The attorney you hire in your accident claim makes a major difference in how the claim is handled and how much compensation you may receive. Therefore, hiring an attorney is not a decision you should take lightly. Look for experience, professionalism, and a helpful demeanor as you search for an accident attorney in the Chicago area.
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If you were injured in a vehicle accident in Illinois, contact Stein & Shulman, LLC, today to discuss your legal options with a skilled auto accident attorney. You can schedule a case consultation at no cost to you by calling our office at (312) 422-0506.
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Chicago, IL 60602