It can be overwhelming to deal with the aftermath of a car accident as you cope with your injuries and the stress of lost wages if you must take off work while recovering. Your stress can be increased if the negligent driver’s insurance company unfairly raises disputes about your claim or denies it. An experienced car accident attorney can take this load off your shoulders, guide you through the process of filing your claim, and fight for the compensation that you deserve. But it’s important to find a skilled attorney that understands personal injury law and is someone you can trust.
Tips for Finding the Right Car Accident Attorney
Your first step will be to obtain the names of attorneys who handle car accident cases. There are a number of ways to do this. Friends, family, or co-workers may be able to recommend a lawyer who handled this type of case for them. A local or state bar association may offer a free referral service. Another option is to do an Internet search.
Whichever way you locate attorneys, you need to understand what you need when hiring one. You want an attorney who is experienced in handling car accident cases, has a track record of success in settling and trying these cases, and is someone that communicates well with you. Once you have a list of lawyers, you should do the following:
- Research the attorneys. You should research your choices on the Internet. You want to be certain they are in good standing with the Rhode Island Bar Association, and there are no complaints against them. You may also find client reviews on the attorney websites. Researching the websites of lawyers you are considering can provide you with a wealth of information on their knowledge of the issues and law in these cases and their track record of successes resolving client claims.
- Interview your top choices. Your research should help you narrow down a list of attorneys, and your next step is to interview your top choices. Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation. You should take advantage of this and schedule an appointment. At your meeting, the lawyer should discuss what you can expect to happen in your case. You also want to ask questions to learn about his experience handling these cases, how successful he was in settling and trying them, and how easy it is to reach him if you have issues.
Following these guidelines can help you find an attorney that is right for you. At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we have decades of experience fighting for the rights of our clients injured in car accidents. To learn how we can assist you, call our office to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation.