What Are a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Red Flags?
Not every personal injury attorney is the same. Your case likely has a lot on the line, and you want to ensure you’re hiring someone who will do their best to ensure you receive the justice you deserve. Unfortunately, not all lawyers out there have the best intentions. I wrote a whole chapter on the subject in my book! So, before you choose an attorney, look for these red flags that indicate they are only here for your money:
Be cautious of some TV/radio lawyers.
The world is filled with charlatans, and most of them will have some form of television or radio advertising. I’m not denouncing all TV attorneys, but many out there have given lawyers a bad name. Some can be good! Yet, to play it safe, you should always do your homework before hiring an attorney you saw on TV. A quick Google search can show you whether or not they are the real deal and will have your best interest at heart. Some TV lawyers run “personal injury” mills and think of clients more as numbers in a marketing budget than as good people with bad injury problems.
Beware attorneys with countless practice areas.
If you head to an attorney’s website and see a never-ending list of practice areas, run as fast as you can. There’s no way anyone can master so many fields, ranging from family law to personal injury. Many of these attorneys are just trying to make a quick buck and are often not focused on winning your case. There are so many protocols and strategies that go into each field, and a lawyer should be an expert in one area of law. They can’t be sufficient in all of them.
Avoid attorneys with zero reviews.
If you search for someone online and can’t find any reviews or testimonials, it’s time to keep searching for an attorney. That’s a poor sign and often means they do not have the experience to close your case. Recommendations from friends and family are the best way to find a lawyer, but online reviews are also incredibly helpful to see who is credible and who isn’t.
Ignore lawyers who call you first.
Finally, never hire an attorney who contacted you first! That’s called “running the case” and is 100% illegal. These lawyers are out for your money, not to help you. Ignore their calls at all costs and report them to your local state bar organization!
Following an accident, be sure to take into consideration these potential red flags when hiring an attorney to represent you. We’ll represent you with dignity and respect, contact us for help following an accident.