When you've been hurt due to someone else's carelessness, your ability to collect compensation depends on a variety of factors, not all of which are under your control. The most important of these, however, is your choice of a personal injury attorney. Having the right legal counsel ensures you get the maximum award possible, avoiding many of the mistakes that can result in delays and insufficient settlements.
Before hiring a personal injury attorney, it's important to do the following:
- Interview Several Candidates: Collect recommendations from family, friends, and trusted online sources, and schedule meetings with at least three different law firms. Having a range of options will allow you to make comparisons based on several factors, including demeanor, experience, and anything else that’s important to your case.
- Find a Specialist: The more detailed, specialized experience an attorney has, the more effective representation they’ll be able to provide. As much as possible, you want to find an attorney who focuses on cases like yours and has an established track record of achieving successful outcomes for their clients.
- Ask About Fees: Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they only collect a fee if they win your case. However, you may be responsible for filing fees and other expenses, so find out how much the attorney expects you to pay up front.
- Assemble Your Evidence: Being prepared for your initial consultation allows the attorney to provide a more accurate analysis of the potential value of your claim and your chances of success. Before your meeting, collect your medical records, police statements, and any other evidence of your damages and the liable party's responsibility for your injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at Myers, Singer & Galiardo have a long-standing reputation for providing effective representation to victims throughout New York City. Whether you've been hurt in an auto accident or suffered a fall, you can rely on this firm for highly effective representation and unmatched expertise. Visit their website to learn more about their personal injury services, or schedule your initial consultation by calling (212) 986-5900 today. You can also find the firm on Twitter.