Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney: 5 Things to Know

April 02, 2021
Searching for an experienced personal injury attorney? Finding a capable attorney to handle your personal injury claim can be challenging, especially if you have never hired a lawyer. Whether you were injured in an automobile accident, attacked by a dog, or injured in a slip and fall accident, personal injury claims require experience and dedication to maximize the client’s recovery. No doubt you will want representation from the best personal injury attorney in Florida. There are so many attorneys available, it can be difficult to determine who you should entrust with your case. Before you enter into any agreement with a law firm, you’ll want to make sure you’re hiring a reputable legal team.

Here are some important tips on how to hire a personal injury lawyer:

1. Narrow your search results to legitimate and licensed attorneys in the area

The internet can be a powerful tool for finding a lawyer to handle your personal injury case. However, Googling attorneys in your area will simply fill your screen with paid advertisements from attorneys who have big marketing budgets. Search within The Florida Bar for attorneys whose licenses are in good standing. Inquire with family and friends to see who they have used for personal injury cases in the past, and whether or not they recommend the attorney they used.

2. Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee

Most people are a bit hesitant to hire a personal injury attorney because they believe that they won’t be able to afford one. However, personal injury cases are handled on a contingency basis, which means that the attorney only gets paid if they win the case or a settlement is reached. In fact, their payment is deducted from the compensation the client is awarded. Therefore, you don’t have to worry about paying any fees upfront.

3. Check out past client reviews

Just like with any other service, checking reviews from past clients can help you determine whether an attorney is a good fit for you. The attorney-client relationship is a very important one. Client reviews will give you insight into how the attorney works, whether they are personable, and how easy they are to reach. When you’re reading past client reviews, you should look for crucial details like:
  • Did the client speak to and/or meet with an attorney at the beginning of their case, or to a non-attorney such as a paralegal, investigator, or intake staff member?
  • Did the client feel confident in the attorney’s ability to handle the case?
  • Was the attorney available to speak to the client when the client had questions?
  • Have the client’s questions been answered fully in an easily understandable manner?
  • Were the client’s calls returned promptly?
  • Did the client feel that the attorney had his/her best interest in mind?

4. Firm Size

When you’re shopping around for personal injury attorneys, remember that bigger does not necessarily mean better. Large firms generally support their size by investing heavily in advertising. Just because a firm has billboards or TV ads does not make them more qualified to handle your case than firms who do not advertise. In fact, clients of large firms may not meet with an attorney until their case is going to trial. Small firms, on the other hand, are able to offer personalized service where their clients are seen as individuals in need of guidance and compassion rather than just a file number.

5. Schedule a Consultation

Although you can discover a lot of information about an attorney online, an in-person experience is valuable. Take advantage of the free initial consultation most personal injury lawyers offer. Always inquire about the qualifications of the person you meet with to determine if he/she is an attorney. The consultation gives you the opportunity to have your case evaluated and you can determine whether the attorney can formulate a solid strategy for winning your case. Perhaps one of the biggest benefits of scheduling an initial consultation is that you can see whether you have good personal chemistry, which is essential for developing a good attorney-client relationship.

Here are some important questions to ask before hiring a personal injury:

1. How can I Maximize the Value of My Case?

An experienced personal injury lawyer should be able to provide you with advice about how to maximize the value of your case In addition, your lawyer should give you a rundown on how factors such as liability, pre-existing medical conditions, and medical treatment sought may impact your case.

2. Who Will be Handling my Case?

It’s common for large law firms to delegate cases to other attorneys or even paralegals or investigators on their team. Some law firms use senior partners to reel in prospective clients and once you sign the representation agreement, you never see them again. Make sure you know exactly who will be handling your case and how to reach that person directly.

3. What Case-Related Costs will I be Responsible for if we Lose the Case?

While most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, clients may be responsible for case-related costs if the case is unsuccessful.

4. How Long Will it Take to Resolve My Case?

Getting a timeline of how long it will take to resolve your case is imperative. Although there are a variety of factors that can influence the time it takes to resolve a case, your potential lawyer should be able to give you a rough estimate of how long the process will be. Here at Casas Law, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to each and every one of our clients. Casas Law never charges a client for fees or costs unless we settle or win your case. You’ll always meet with your attorney and both the attorney and paralegals are available to answer your questions as your case progresses. As experienced personal injury attorneys, we aggressively pursue each case to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve in your personal injury case. Call Casas Law at 561-655-8444 for a FREE case evaluation today.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING

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Alex and his team are well versed in personal injury law. They are open, honest, and always put the client first.
Tom Shea
Tom Shea
20:37 11 Aug 21
Alex Casas and his team knew just the right approach for my suit and handled it with tact and care. Alex is one of the nicest lawyers I've met - no ego-- no pontificating -- no showing us how important he was. Alex got right down to business, with a smile on his face, and completed our claim quickly, achieving the results we wanted. Thank you, Alex, Susie and Staff.
Jann Seal
Jann Seal
16:16 06 Jul 21
"A steady, reassuring and calming voice when you need it most." Alex Casas and his team are great. My situation was very complicated since I was dealing with a number of insurance companies and multiple hospital bills! The team at Casas Law worked with all the various factors and made everything seamless as well as keeping me informed the whole way. I would not have known how to maneuver the insurance waters so I was very glad that Alex was there for me. I would highly recommend Casas Law, Alex, Susie and the whole team.
Bob Going
Bob Going
14:39 08 Jun 21
I was recommended to Alex Casas by my father and I am absolutely ecstatic with how simple and easy he made my auto collision injury case for me he handled everything to where all I had to do was show up and sign on the line! I’d recommend him to anyone!
Dylan Lower
Dylan Lower
17:02 05 Feb 21
I am very pleased with the assistance from Casas Law P.A and will recommend this firm to anyone and everyone that needs help. They are very professional and friendly and go above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you so much for all your help.
Jeff Pickett
Jeff Pickett
16:46 10 Nov 20
Alex Casas is by far the most present and engaged attorney with whom I have had the pleasure of working. The staff is caring and pleasant. The response time is extremely fast. And he is good at winning! Thank you for all you have done for us over the years! I highly recommend Casas Law!
Meroe Rabieifar
Meroe Rabieifar
17:55 18 Sep 20
Alex and his team were my rock after I was hit by a car while riding my bike. They were able to direct me with medical care questions, advocate on my behalf with insurance companies, and really listen on days where I had pain and was completely frustrated with my insurance company and their lack of response. Highly recommend!!!!
Kelly Givens
Kelly Givens
14:47 18 Sep 20
Alex and his staff were very helpful very personable and attentive to my every question I highly recommend them and I am very happy with my service but I got from them.
joseph Olivier
joseph Olivier
00:08 16 Sep 20
Alex Casas Law firm is a great. Every time I came in contact with Mr. Casas and his staff they were always professional and friendly. My whole process was a great experience. They always return calls in a timely manner. The staff goes above and beyond what is needed. They kept me informed during the whole process. If you are looking for a great law firm and I really mean and great firm this is the place to go!!!!
Jeff hopkins
Jeff hopkins
18:18 28 Jul 20
Alex is a gentleman. He is kind, professional, attentive, and extremely competent. His staff is wonderful and I have no hesitation in recommendingThe office to anyone.
Helen Berg
Helen Berg
19:13 10 Jun 20
Alex always takes the time to communicate all the information about my case, until I fully understand all the details. I am extremely happy with his law firm.Andre
andre guionnaud
andre guionnaud
02:19 09 Jun 20
Alex Casas was both professional & friendly. I felt comfortable that I was going to get a good out come with Mr. Casas working for me. He kept me informed through the entire process, with a very good ending. I would use him again.
Larry Brixner
Larry Brixner
16:52 08 Jun 20
Extremly Professional and on point!
Rick Hackeman
Rick Hackeman
16:13 08 Jun 20
Alex was a true professional and handled my case with the focus and attention it deserved. I would definitely use Casas Law again for any representation I may need again in the future.
Frank Buttaravoli
Frank Buttaravoli
17:44 25 Aug 19
Alex Casas was referred to me by a friend who spoke highly of him and his work. As I met with him I quickly realized my friend was right. He was knowledgeable, personable, truthful and had my family's best interest. His compassion and patience before, during, and after my case sets him and his staff apart from other law offices. Those qualities are hard to come by. When you hire him you will find for yourself.
scott poritz
scott poritz
21:30 12 Jun 19
I was referred to Alex after being hit by a car while riding my bike. His help and guidance through a very difficult time has been a gift. I was hurt, scared, and lost as to what I needed to do. Alex was a light in a time of confusion and injury. Do not hesitate to reach out to him when you need assistance. He and his team will be there and you will be their priority.
Kelly Givens
Kelly Givens
20:14 10 Sep 18
confiabilidad y experiencia
Rolando Casas
Rolando Casas
21:03 09 Sep 18
Alex took the time needed with my family and we received the compensation we wanted! A++++
Johnny H. Meier
Johnny H. Meier
04:14 08 Sep 18
Alex is very helpful when it comes to complex issues involving someone that has been wrongfully injured by the negligence of another person or business. Thank you Alex for always being available to answer questions.
Chris Shelby
Chris Shelby
14:13 05 Sep 18
Alex is a great attorney. He is honest and caring. He treats you like family which was extremely important to me.
Bridget Ortiz
Bridget Ortiz
15:07 04 Sep 18
Alex is a wonderful attorney with great experience and work ethic. I knew that my case was in very capable hands. He did not let me down and I would strongly recommend him!
Alina Maria Margiotta
Alina Maria Margiotta
01:53 01 Sep 18
What a great lawyer and even better man. It is very comforting to know that no matter what time you call for Alex you know your call will be answered by him not some associate. He knows what he is doing and will get the job done. I would highly recommend Alex.
Renee Cicchitti
Renee Cicchitti
23:19 30 Aug 18
Alex was very hands on and knowledgeable about our case. Was able to get us fair and more compensation for the accident than expected. Thank you for being there!
johnny meier
johnny meier
15:44 24 Aug 18
Alex Casas and his firm are a great resource to individuals who have been hurt or injured by no fault of their own. He will give you honest and clear advice and direction if you have a personal injury.
Ryan Smollar
Ryan Smollar
15:28 20 Aug 18
Sabrina A
Sabrina A
13:19 20 Aug 18
Alex has helped me and my family with some major issues. He is great to work with because you are dealing directly with the attorney, not someone else. He is honest and truthful. I would refer anyone to him should the need arise for his specialty !!
Mark Elie
Mark Elie
21:12 17 Aug 18
Alex Casas is one of the finest lawyers and finest people I know. He fights for his clients. Always trying to do what is best for them. If you need a lawyer, hire Alex.
Sean Domnick
Sean Domnick
19:42 17 Aug 18