What to Look For in an Orlando Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have been injured through no fault of your own, Orlando has no shortage of personal injury lawyers who can handle your case. In fact, the number of attorneys to choose from can be downright overwhelming.
Lawyers and law firms are not created equal. When you are trying to find an attorney, it is crucial to know what qualities to look for in order to find the right firm for your case.
Some of the most important traits to look for in an Orlando personal injury law firm include:
The quality of legal service is, ultimately, subjective. The best way to get a sense of how an attorney or law firm handles cases and works with clients is to read reviews from satisfied (as well as dissatisfied) clients.
Most law firm websites feature a page with client reviews. You should also check out what clients have to say on third-party sites such as:
Be sure to read both positive and negative reviews. In addition, you should see how (or if) the attorney or law firm responds to an unfavorable review. Not every client is going to be satisfied with the result of their case; you can tell a lot, however, by the way the firm reacts to a client expressing dissatisfaction.
When you pursue a personal injury claim, you need to know that the law firm you choose has a record of success. View the verdicts and settlements the firm has achieved to see the kinds of cases the attorneys have resolved favorably on their clients’ behalf.
In looking at the results, make sure the firm has a mix of verdicts and settlements. The majority of personal injury claims settle out of court. However, if your case does not settle, it is important to know that the lawyer or law firm is capable of taking your case to trial – and winning.
Experience is key when choosing any professional service, including legal representation. Read the bio or bios of the attorney(s) at the law firm. Their years in practice, combined with the client testimonials and results discussed above, will give you an overall impression of the experience each lawyer at the firm has.
Personal injury law is very broad, encompassing a wide range of different cases. So, in addition to the number of years in practice, make sure the personal injury law firm has experience handling your type of case.
For example, virtually all personal injury lawyers handle car accident claims. More specialized cases, however, such as medical malpractice and premises liability claims, typically require more extensive, dedicated experience to handle successfully.
Many large law firms boast of the number of attorneys they hire and the millions of dollars they have recovered for clients. However, these large firms tend to handle multiple cases at the same time. They may achieve favorable results for clients, but they are likely unable to provide the hands-on attention that you may need.
In any catastrophic injury claim, it is important to know (a). who is handling your case and (b). how accessible the attorney and his or her team is. If you have questions or concerns about your case, you should not be forced to wait for someone to respond to you.
When you contact a personal injury law firm, you should feel like a person, not a number. During the initial call and/or your free consultation, each member of the staff should be attentive, courteous, and professional.
5. Transparent Fees
Understandably, personal injury victims are concerned about how much it costs to hire a lawyer. The law firm should provide each client with a fee agreement that clearly details when payment is required, how much clients are expected to pay, etc.
Generally, personal injury law firms represent clients on a contingency fee basis. Under this arrangement, the law firm charges no upfront fees and advances all of the costs associated with the case. In the event of a favorable outcome, the client pays a percentage of the recovery.
Contingency fees are the standard among personal injury lawyers because they enable clients to pursue justice in their case without incurring financial hardship. Each state has implemented rules that limit the percentage personal injury attorneys can charge, ensuring that clients keep a significant portion of the compensation they are awarded.
Ultimately, the law firm should clearly explain the terms of any fee agreement. If your questions are not answered or you feel pressured to sign, it may be in your best interest to look elsewhere.
Contact Our Orlando Personal Injury Law Firm Today
At Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter, we have built a reputation as leaders in Orlando personal injury law. Our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and we have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements on behalf of our clients.
The lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter handle a wide range of personal injury claims. We provide personalized service and take your case on a contingency basis. You only pay if we win.
Please contact our Orlando personal injury law firm by calling (407) 712-7300 today. Your initial consultation is free.