How to Find a Personal Injury Attorney in Denver
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An attorney is a terrific benefit to have when seeking compensation for personal injuries.
Your lawyer can help you negotiate with the defendant’s insurance company and take your case to trial, if necessary.
However, you need to hire someone experienced in personal injury law who has the necessary skills and experience to maximize your compensation.
To find a personal injury attorney in Denver, follow these steps.
Ask anyone you know who has used a personal injury lawyer if they would recommend this person. Write down their name and contact number.
Also, ask your friend what they liked about the lawyer. Remember that not all lawyers are the same, and someone who your friend or family member liked might not be the right lawyer for you. Nevertheless, take down their name.
You can also obtain referrals by asking another lawyer. You might have used a lawyer to close on a house or for a criminal matter. Lawyers know other lawyers, and they might be able to point you in the direction of a good personal injury lawyer.
If you still have no referrals, then look in the phone book or search online.
Check the Lawyer’s Website
Every lawyer should have a website now, which should contain important information. Look online and see whether the lawyer practices personal injury law. If they don’t, then cross them off your list of referrals.
Also look to see if the lawyer has handled your type of case. Personal injury covers a wide range of lawsuits, including:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Slip and falls
- Dog bites
- Medical malpractice
If the lawyer does not handle your type of lawsuit, then cross them off the list. You might need to go back and get more referrals at this point.
Also, note how professional the lawyer’s website appears.
A sloppy website that contains typos and other errors suggests that the lawyer is not worried about how they appear to others. You should steer clear of this type of personal injury attorney since they might be careless when handling your case.
Check Disciplinary History
Denver personal injury lawyers must follow Colorado’s Rules of Professional Conduct. If they do not, then the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel can sanction them and suspend their license.
You can check whether the state has taken any actions against a lawyer by visiting the website of the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel. Search by the lawyer’s first and last name.
Look at Online Reviews
Type the lawyer’s name into Google and see what pops up.
Remember to take online reviews with a grain of salt, however. For one thing, you don’t really know if the person leaving a negative review was actually a client or just a disgruntled neighbor.
Also, people who have had negative experiences are usually more motivated to leave reviews than people who had a positive experience.
Nevertheless, online reviews can provide some helpful information. For example, if multiple people complain about being overbilled, then this might suggest a problem.
Look at your list of attorneys and pick two or three to meet with. Call up the lawyer and schedule a case evaluation or consultation. Many lawyers offer them for free, and those who charge should charge a small fee.
Before the consultation, draft a list of questions. Try not to ask anything that you can find the answer to on the lawyer’s website.
For example, the lawyer should list where they went to law school, so you shouldn’t cover that in a consultation. Instead, ask questions such as the following:
- How much of your practice is devoted to personal injury?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- What do you think is a realistic resolution to my case? A settlement? Trial?
- How much do you think my injury is worth?
- Are there weaknesses in my case?
- What other information do you need to determine whether I have a valid legal claim?
- How much do you charge? Do you represent injured clients on “contingency,” where you only charge a fee if you win the case?
- How do you communicate with clients? Do you prefer email or telephone calls? If I call, who will I speak to—you or a case assistant?
Remember to take a notepad with you and write down the answers. You can then compare the answers later when making a decision about who to hire.
Analyze How Comfortable You Felt
You will be working closely with your personal injury attorney, so you should only pick someone you felt comfortable with. Analyze the following:
- How comfortable did you feel asking the lawyer questions?
- How clearly did the lawyer explain things?
- Did you feel intimidated by the lawyer or by his staff?
If you are intimidated, then you will not be able to participate meaningfully in your lawsuit. You also will not understand what is going on, which could negatively impact your case.
We have found that clients are more satisfied with our representation when they stay involved by asking meaningful questions and offering their feedback.
Choose a Lawyer
You might meet with three different lawyers for consultations and like all three. However, you can only hire one, so do your best to pick someone.
Trust your gut and then call the lawyer up and tell him he is hired. The lawyer should send you a retainer agreement (also called an “engagement letter” or “fee agreement”) for you to read.
This contains essential information about the services the lawyer will provide, as well as your own responsibilities as the client. Read the letter close and only sign if you agree with everything in it.
Looking for a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer? Call Steve Roberts Today
After a devastating personal injury, you need the best legal representation available. At the Law Offices of Steve Roberts, we have helped many injured victims obtain badly-needed compensation to pay for medical expenses and replace lost wages.
Steve Roberts, the founder, is a member of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, and he is prepared to do everything to maximize the amount you take home.
To schedule your free case review, please call 720-515-7058, or submit an online message.