4 Factors to Consider When Choosing an Attorney

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Most people only interact with an attorney after something bad has happened to them, such as being disabled in car accident, hurt in a slip or fall, or injured at work. The stress and emotional and physical pain you may be suffering from in the wake of such an incident does not make it any easier to find the right attorney to represent you.

At a time when you need an experienced attorney to advocate on your behalf, how do you know you’re really employing someone who has your best interests in mind? Here are four things to consider when choosing an attorney.

How Much Do They Cost?

One factor that limits many people while they search for quality legal representation is cost. However, for personal injury cases like car accidents, slip and falls, and medical malpractice, many attorneys work on a contingency-fee basis. This makes hiring a lawyer more affordable, because there are no upfront costs, and you only share a percentage of your settlement or verdict with them if they win your case.

At Morgan & Morgan, all of our attorneys work exclusively on a contingency-fee basis. If you would like to learn more about how one of our attorneys may be able to help you, contact us for a free case evaluation.

Experience and Depth of Knowledge

There are many different areas of practice in the legal field, and you will want to be sure you hire an attorney with experience handling your case type. For example, if you’re in a car accident, you’ll want to hire an attorney with a background handling car accident cases and experience negotiating with insurance companies. Medical malpractice cases involve complex questions about the medical profession and law, which an experienced medical malpractice lawyer will be best at tackling.

If you’re unsure about what practice area your case falls under, contact us for a no-cost, zero-obligation case evaluation to find out.

Track Record of Success

Everyone who graduates from law school and passes the bar is an attorney, but some are better than others. In your time of need, you want the best person available for the job. When you need surgery, you want the best possible surgeon to perform the procedure — likewise with an attorney. When you’re injured and need someone to work on your behalf to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and emotional pain and suffering, you want the best.

While past results are not always a guarantee of future success, you can still tell a lot about the quality of an attorney from their ability to win for their clients. At Morgan & Morgan, we have many attorneys who have secured verdicts that can reach as high as the tens of millions of dollars. Check out our results page to see our greatest verdicts and settlements.

Do They Go To Trial?

Some lawsuits end long before trail, with both sides reaching an amicable agreement to settle. Nevertheless, many cases proceed to trial because the defense is unwilling to make a fair settlement offer. This isn’t always something a lot of attorneys want to do, though. Some might take a low-ball or otherwise unfair offer to avoid the courtroom. You don’t have to settle for this.

At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys have an eye for trial, and regularly win large verdicts in the courtroom. More importantly, we sometimes recover verdicts many times the low-ball, pre-trial offers some of our clients initially receive. Going to trial can make all the difference, and you’ll want an attorney with experience and a track record of success fighting on your behalf when the defense refuses to make a fair deal.

By Richard Bierig

Senior Writer

Richard Bierig is a writer covering topics related to personal injury, class action and mass tort, and business litigation. You can email him here.

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