How to Find a Good Personal Injury Lawyer
Legally Reviewed and Edited by: Terry Cochran
You’re injured because of someone else’s negligence and looking for a good personal injury lawyer. How do you find the right one?
Maybe all you need is advice
Do you think you’re recovering fine, but it’s just taking longer than you thought it would? Are you worried about medical expenses and loss of income? Your friends and family are telling you to talk with a lawyer. You’re worried about the future.
Some personal injury claims are easy to settle, but others are not. Does your injury have permanent repercussions? Has the injury created major disruptions in your life? Are insurance companies confusing you?
First and foremost you need to find a personal injury attorney who can help you clarify your specific situation, the legal options available to you going forward, and make recommendations.
It’s usually a good idea to consult with a personal injury lawyer before you have any contact with, or sign anything from an insurance company.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is ready to meet with you to answer your questions and be your advocate. We are dedicated to the representation of individuals and families injured in truck, car, and motorcycle crashes; injuries that happen in the workplace, or anywhere else, and proving liability is a problem; and also in possible medical malpractice situations.
When is it necessary to hire a lawyer?
The following situations almost always require hiring an attorney:
- Long-term or permanent disability: If your injury has affected your physical capabilities or appearance for a long time — over a year — or permanently, figuring out fair and adequate compensation can be complicated. An experienced attorney can help get the most out of your claim.
- Medical malpractice: If your injury is the result of careless, unprofessional, or incompetent treatment by a medical provider, both medical and legal issues come into play. Each area has its own complexities and expertise is important. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the medial and legal lingo, and how to guide medical malpractice cases through the insurance company and court systems effectively.
- Toxic exposure: If you believe your injury or illness was caused by exposure to a contaminant of some kind — in the air, soil, water, in products or food — proving it can be difficult. If you wish to initiate a personal injury case involving toxic exposure, you will definitely need expert help to gather scientific data and evidence. Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. have access to experts who can assist in making toxic exposure personal injury claims.
- Denial of coverage: If an insurance company or government agency refuses to make a fair settlement, hiring a personal injury attorney can be extremely helpful. Sometimes just the potential for litigation makes an insurance company want to settle.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. has helped hundreds of clients receive fair compensation for losses resulting from a wide range of accidents and illnesses. Many of Terry Cochran’s clients are truck, motorcycle, or car accident victims; and Eileen Kroll specializes in medical malpractice cases, where her medical training as a registered nurse is invaluable.
When you’re looking for a good personal injury lawyer, look close to home. If court proceedings become necessary, it is advantageous to find an attorney in the city or county where your case will be heard.
The team at Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. is familiar with the procedures and practices of the local court system throughout Michigan, and with the judges that preside over personal injury cases.
Look Successful Outcomes
Finding the right personal injury lawyer also means finding a good personal injury lawyer. You want to find an attorney with a good reputation and a history of successful outcomes.
When you choose an attorney you’ll need to do some research. Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Consult the state bar for names and specialties. Look at attorney websites online. Look for an attorney and law firm that specializes in personal injury law for individuals and families.
Meet in person if possible
At the initial consultation with any personal injury lawyer, one of the first things you want to find out is if they have handled a case like yours in the past. You also want to know what types of verdicts and settlements they have secured — and how they feel about handling your case. Ask them for the pros and cons, the “what if’s,” and settlement possibilities. Ask to see references.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P.C. are dedicated to representing individuals and families who have suffered catastrophic losses as a result of an injury. We’re here to help you fully explore all the aspects of your injury or illness, negotiate a settlement with insurance companies, and take legal action, when necessary, to help you recover the maximum compensation possible.
Choose an attorney who makes you feel comfortable
You want to find a personal injury attorney who makes you feel comfortable, gives you honest and clear feedback and has the capacity to meet the challenges of your case.
This means that your personal injury attorney will make you and your case a priority, and will respond to your day-to-day questions and concerns patiently and promptly.
Look for a firm that has the capability to systematically gather evidence, assist you in documenting and calculating losses, and be able to represent your interests with insurance companies and in court.
You need to feel safe asking questions and sharing personal information. You need to trust your attorney, and your attorney needs to trust you.
The professionals at Cochran, Kroll & Associates P. C. understand the emotional challenges that accompany serious injuries and when facing long-term disability. We are ready to meet with you at a time and place that is convenient for you, including your home or hospital room.
Ask About Attorney Fees
Choose an attorney and law firm that will work with you on a contingency basis. A contingency fee arrangement means that the amount of money the attorney is paid is based on the compensation you receive.
Ask for a copy of the firm’s contingency fee agreement. In Michigan, contingent legal fees in personal injury cases are set by statute (MRPC Rule 1.5) and can be up to one-third of the recovery award.
Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P. C., strongly believes in a client’s access to justice, and that no one should be unable to seek fair compensation due to financial challenges. If we agree to work together, our services are provided on a contingency fee arrangement. We are paid only if we make a recovery for you.
Every day, people are injured because of someone else’s negligence. Whatever your situation — and however severe your injuries — it’s helpful to talk with a personal injury lawyer so you know your options. At Cochran, Kroll & Associates, P. C., we know, from many years of experience in negotiating with insurance companies and litigating personal injury claims, that the sooner we get involved, the better the outcome for our clients.
Contact us toll-free, at 866-MICH-LAW or use our convenient online contact form.
Disclaimer : The information provided is general and not for legal advice. The blogs are not intended to provide legal counsel and no attorney-client relationship is created nor intended.