Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Jul 23, 2015 in Personal Injury News
Choosing a personal injury attorney is one of the biggest decisions you'll make after you are in an auto collision. You need to have someone in your corner that you know will fight for your rights, who you can trust to get you the compensation you deserve and will be forthright, honest and ethical in their dealings every step of the way. But how can you know this without a personal referral? Here are some tips when it comes time to look for a Nevada personal injury attorney.
Good personal injury attorneys are good from the ground up. Right from the start, how are you treated? Is the receptionist helpful, personable and friendly? Are you greeted with professionalism? Are your calls or emails returned promptly and are all of your questions answered honestly and candidly? These are signs of a strong and ethical attorney.
Look for reviews and testimonials about your attorney. Start with their website, but don't be afraid to do searches and look for reviews elsewhere as well. How are they rated on independent review sites? If you don't have a personal referral for the attorney, such testimonials and reviews can fill this role. Check to see if your attorney is AV rated. AV ratings are complicated, but basically they testify that this particular attorney has been vetted by judges and other lawyers. An attorney who is AV rated has been evaluated and found to act with integrity, quality and ethics.
Personal relationships are vital to working with your attorney. When you go to the office to meet your attorney for the first time, do you met with an attorney or an assistant? Were you offered an opportunity to sit down with the actual attorney and personally review the retainer agreement that defines your relationship and how you will move forward? If not, you should look elsewhere; ethics rules require that this occur.
When you meet with your attorney, do they make unrealistic representations and promises regarding the ultimate outcome of the case? If they promise you at the first meeting that you will be entitled to "x" dollars or that the case will be resolved in "y" weeks, this is a red flag. It's impossible to know these things on the first meeting. Such promises are usually sales-based and designed to get you in the door.
Trust your instincts after your first meeting. Were you left with good feeling about the attorney? Do they seem trustworthy? Did they greet you in a forthright and honest manner? Consider, if they told you something you may not have wanted to hear, but it came from an honest place, this can be a good sign. If you don't feel like you can trust the attorney, move on and seek another. If you have been in an accident and need representation, we are here to help. Read over our firm overview, and feel free to drop us a line for a free consultation today.