7 Tips for Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer

Hiring an personal injury attorney takes more than a quick Google search when it comes to legal issues. With pages of search engine recommendations, it is difficult to weigh the value of each website, but it is a great place to begin your research. Here are seven tips for hiring a personal injury lawyer.

1. Make a List of Your Requirements

Have you suffered from a negligent medical procedure, product defect or serious car accident? You first need to define your legal needs and the qualifications you require in a personal injury attorney. It will make your search easier and quicker to accomplish.


2. Search for ‘Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me’

Whether you are on a personal computer or a smartphone, the internet is a valuable tool that allows you to narrow down your search to the top attorneys. Websites hold useful clues as to their suitability including education, case history, client feedback and ratings.

Google Maps is a valuable tool that allows you to pinpoint the top attorneys in your area. It will give you only three attorneys, so do not stop searching here.

Search engines will give you unlimited pages as long as you speak the same language in your search query as your target. Use keywords like


“Personal injury lawyer near me,” or “personal injury attorney in [city name].”

3. Trust the Value of Word-of-Mouth Referrals

Whether you are the client or the prospective attorney, word-of-mouth-marketing (WOMM) is still the most valuable source for client referrals since nine out of ten consumers trust the word of family and friends over advertising messages. While WOMM does not help you identify critical details about a personal injury attorney, it will help you learn about personal experiences, character and court case outcomes.

4. Narrow Your Search to Three Attorneys

Now that you have gathered evidence on professional history and character development, you need to narrow your search results down to three attorneys that you believe match your needs. It will allow you to contact them to request a free consultation.

5. Check Legal Credentials

It is an excellent idea to visit a few of the rating sites to see how your top attorneys rank. Some to consider include:

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings
  • Better Business Bureau
  • Lawyers.com

6. Ask Questions & Take Notes

When you go to your consultation, you need to be ready to ask a series of questions that allow you to understand their legal policy and procedure as attorneys will ask you:

  • What are your credentials (if the website does not note them)?
  • Have you had many similar cases like mine? Percentage of wins?
  • Will you represent me personally or will I work with your associate?
  • What is your fee schedule? Is there an hourly rate, fixed fee, contingency?

7. Compare Research for the Best Candidate

Now that you have completed your consultations, you will have the information you need to choose the personal injury attorney that has a sincere interest in you and your case. Trust your research, the feedback and your requirements that you noted when you started a search. When you follow these seven tips, you will find an excellent personal injury attorney.

Comments 33

  1. Zachary Tomlinson says:

    It never crossed my mind that finding an experienced lawyer can help you get compensated for what you experienced in an accident. I heard a rumor that my aunt’s in-law was involved in a cycling accident recently. Maybe this information can help them receive compensation someday.

  2. Luke Smith says:

    It’s nice that you mentioned how hiring a personal injury attorney takes more than a quick Google search when it comes to legal issues. I was skimming through my older brother’s old law book yesterday and I saw one part that talked about personal injury. I think it would be better to just hire a lawyer for personal injury cases since they seem pretty complicated.

  3. Afton Jackson says:

    Asking as many questions as needed when working with a personal injury lawyer might be the key to a successful case. You can never tell how complicated the case is going to become, so if you have anything you’d like to clarify before it happens, talking to a legal expert is the best way to do that. If any of my family members get injured, I’ll help them find a personal injury lawyer that can answer any questions they have.

  4. Alice Carroll says:

    Thanks for the reminder that checking for credentials is also important to look into when planning to find a good personal injury attorney. I want to help my friend in looking for one because she recently badly sprained her ankle. That wills surely affect her work in the coming weeks.

  5. Charlotte Fleet says:

    Thanks for mentioning how the BBB is a good resource to use when looking into the credentials of potential lawyers. My best friend’s husband needs to hire a personal injury attorney because he was injured in an accident last weekend. I will share your tip about the BBB with my best friend so she and her husband can find the best attorney for his case.

  6. Merchant Law says:

    When looking for a lawyer, I believe the most important thing to do is find someone with whom you can connect. You can trust the person who will be representing you to do their best to protect you if you can develop a personal relationship with them.

  7. Eli Richardson says:

    It’s great that you mentioned how important it is to have multiple candidates for your lawyer-needs. A few days ago, an old friend of mine called to tell me about a car accident he was involved in. I believe he needs to find a lawyer as soon as possible, so I’ll be sure to share this article with my friend. Thanks for the tips about consulting several lawyers before choosing one.

  8. J C says:

    The information is good, however, you need to be sure about the category you are looking for a personal injury lawyer as personal injury lawyers also deal with Birth Injury, dog bite, spinal cord, etc.

  9. Sabrina Addams says:

    I am thankful for your advice to define your legal needs and qualifications you’re looking for in a lawyer to make your search go smoother and successful. My son-in-law injured his left shoulder in a car accident that wasn’t his fault on Sunday. I’ll give him these suggestions to help him find the right personal injury lawyer for him.

  10. Rebecca Gardner says:

    I like your suggestion to ask about the credentials of the lawyer if we can’t find information about them on their website beforehand. I need to find a personal injury lawyer because I got some pretty bad dog bites from a neighbor’s aggressive dog that escaped the yard yesterday afternoon. Thanks for sharing these tips I can use to find a lawyer I can trust to handle my case!

  11. Taylor Anderson says:

    I like how you mentioned narrowing down options to three employment attorneys before choosing one. My brother works a lot of odd jobs, so sometimes I wonder if he’ll need an employment lawyer. Thanks for the great tips for hiring an employment lawyer.

  12. Rosie Beckett says:

    My little brother was walking through the warehouse at his work taking inventory a few weeks ago, and a box fell off of the shelf and hit him in the shoulder. He will need shoulder surgery because of the incident, and he is thinking about hiring a personal injury attorney to make sure that he gets compensation for his medical bills. Thanks for explaining that my brother should go to a consultation and ask questions about the percentage of wins they have in previous cases.

  13. charles walk says:

    I thought that it was helpful when you suggested narrowing our search down to three attorneys before we would choose to call them for a consultation. That sounds like a great way to know that we could trust in who we would choose to hire. We were injured in an accident earlier this week, and it will be important for us to know that we could trust in the attorney who we would hire to help us get compensation. I will be sure to get three attorneys before getting consultations.

  14. Taylor Anderson says:

    I like how you mentioned that one should check the credentials of a personal injury attorney before hiring them. One of my friends got into a car accident. These tips could help her hire a personal injury attorney if she needs, so thanks for sharing them.

  15. Vivian Black says:

    You made a great point about narrowing your search to three attorneys so that you can get a consultation and base your decision on those. My husband and I are looking for a personal injury lawyer that can help him with his case from his car accident. We will keep these tips in mind as we search for a professional that can help us out best.

  16. Eli Richardson says:

    I appreciate you for stating that one should request a free consultation before hiring a lawyer. My co-worker was injured at work, and he needs to hire a lawyer to file for worker’s compensation. I will pass him this article so he can get an idea of what to look for when hiring a lawyer for his claim.

  17. Austin Saunders says:

    I like what you said about narrowing your options for lawyers down to three before scheduling a consultation. My sister has been telling me about how she needs a negligence attorney in the coming weeks. I’ll share this information with her so that she can find the best one for her case.

  18. Daphne Gilpin says:

    It made sense when you said that asking questions during the consultation helps us understand the policies and procedures of lawyers we’re considering. My brother needs to hire a solicitor because he was in a motor vehicle accident with a distracted driver over the weekend. I’m glad I read your article so I can help him prepare to get the most out of consulting potential lawyers!

  19. Jesse Ford says:

    Thanks for mentioning that the internet can be a valuable resource when narrowing down your search for top attorneys. My brother is thinking about a personal injury lawyer next week because he was involved in a car accident last month and hurt his neck. I think it’s a good investment to look on his phone for high-quality representatives to help him with his case.

  20. Ron Booker says:

    It’s great you recommended checking rating sites such as a better business bureau to see the potential lawyer’s rank. My brother was recently in an accident and we’re going to start searching for legal representation. I will suggest he reviews the lawyer’s ranking at the BBB website so he can hire a good lawyer.

  21. Sadie Johnson says:

    Thank you for stating that you should request a free consultation before hiring a lawyer. My husband was walking across the street on a crosswalk the other day, and a driver wasn’t paying attention and hit him, so we are searching for a lawyer. I will definitely keep your great tips and information in mind when looking for a suitable personal injury lawyer for my husband.

  22. Gloria Durst says:

    Thanks for these tips on how to find a good lawyer. I agree that you want to check their qualifications first. My husband and I are looking for a lawyer. I agree that you want to check their requirements in order to know they are qualified first.

  23. Rachel Frampton says:

    I had a car accident two days ago, which cause my left arm to be temporarily disabled. I am planning to hire a personal injury lawyer who can help me with my claims. I’ll make sure to check rating sites such as a better business bureau to see the potential lawyer’s rank.

  24. Aronberg Law says:

    Thanks for your valuable resources keep share the information like this.

  25. Mike Hens says:

    Hiring an injury lawyer is not so tough if you do some research into choosing the best lawyer in Danforth. You need to know their experience level and their case winning status which helps you to know the pros and cons of their service.

  26. Sophia Slate says:

    Thank you for stating that you should request a free consultation before hiring a lawyer. My friend’s husband just got hit by a car the other day when he was walking late at night and needs a lawyer. I will definitely pass along all of your great tips and information so she can find a great personal injury lawyer for her husband.

  27. Megan Adler says:

    I like that you said that we should narrow our search to 3 lawyers. My brother was recently in an accident and we’re going to start searching for legal representation. He’s gotten a lot of different referral so it’s a good idea to check their credentials and then choose the best. I’ll share this article with him so he can be better informed when talking to the different lawyers.

  28. Brad Erwin says:

    It’s good to know that WOMM is still the most valuable source for client referrals when finding an attorney. I am currently looking for a Personal Injury lawyer for an incident that occurred a little while back. I will have to check in with my family and friends that live close by!

  29. Skylar Williams says:

    Thank you for your tip to ask questions and take notes at your consultation with your personal injury lawyer. My brother was hurt at work and he wants to get a personal injury lawyer. I’ll be sure to pass this tip onto him so he can be prepared.

  30. Eileen Benson says:

    I like your suggestion to ask questions and take notes during the consultation. My husband was in a car accident last week. Your tips should make it easier to find the right personal injury lawyer to hire for his case!

  31. Ellie Davis says:

    I liked that you mentioned you need to define your legal needs and the qualifications you require before choosing a personal injury attorney. A friend of my husband got injured at work, and we are looking for advice to help him. I will let him know to know his needs before choosing the best personal injury attorney to help him.

  32. Victor says:

    I agree with your 1st point. Before hiring a personal injury lawyer we need to make a list of our requirements. The very first thing you need to know is which kind of a personal injury lawyer you will need for yourself in your injury case like a car accident injury lawyer or workplace injury lawyer. It is important because all lawyers are specialized in their specific areas. You also need to take legal advice from legal professionals from time to time.

  33. Maria says:

    These are the most important and useful tips before hiring a personal injury Lawyer. I completely agree that we should communicate as much as we can before hiring a Lawyer as by doing this you can get to know the experience and knowledge of the Lawyer. Making a note of questions to ask is the best option as people normally forget to ask some important questions at the moment.

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