Initial Consultations are Free
Most people are afraid of calling a lawyer because they feel like it would be too expensive for them. A good spinal cord injury lawyer in Providence will be more than willing to talk about the facts of your case and tell whether you have a case or not.
You can read here to find out how much it costs to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Having many years of experience handling spinal injury cases is great but what’s more important is if they’ve handled their cases successfully. Some lawyers may have ten years of experience handling spinal injury cases but in that time, they have never taken a single case to trial.
Some lawyers operate what are known as settlement mills; meaning they prefer to settle personal injury cases for predetermined amounts regardless of whether it’s a fair amount of compensation to the injury victim or not. They rarely take their cases to trial because they don’t want to deal with the hassle of preparing for it.
Read to learn more about how to spot a lawyer from a settlement mill.
It’s also important to consider what kind of law they practice. Most lawyers limit their practice to one or two kinds of law. It’s, however, not uncommon to come across a lawyer who’s an experienced divorce attorney but made the choice to transition to personal injury. If this is the case, you might want to ask how long ago they transitioned and if they’ve actually handled real spinal cord injury cases.
Beware of Ambulance Chasers
If you have been in an accident and you get a call from a lawyer claiming that they can help you, beware. Don’t hire them or even consider hiring them. That’s just an ambulance chaser looking to rip you off. Moreover, ambulance chasing is illegal. Check with family, friends or colleagues before you make the decision to hire a providence spinal cord injury lawyer.
Check their Credentials
This doesn’t mean that you check out if they graduated in the middle, top or bottom of their law class because this has nothing to do with how they will represent you. And it doesn’t matter whether they graduated from a state law school or from Harvard; what matters is that they graduated from an accredited law school and they have negotiating skills needed to get you the settlement you deserve.
Don’t Check for Fancy Offices
Having a luxurious office in a fancy building with a great view doesn’t mean your Providence spinal cord injury lawyer will do a good job. Not all lawyers like to locate their practices in sleek office buildings; some actually like maintaining a low profile. There is no correlation between where a lawyer chooses to locate their practice and how they will represent you.
Don’t Get Blown Away by the Ads
You’ve probably seen some lawyers advertise their services on billboards, TV and on their websites. Advertisements only provide you with what the lawyer wants you to see. They want you to see how great they are and how many cases they’ve successfully won but they won’t show you:
- How well or how poorly they interact with their clients
- How many cases they’ve lost
- How many clients have fired them for non-performance
- How they’ve never taken a case to trial
Don’t believe everything you see on those ads. Take your time to do a little digging on your own to find out exactly what kind of a lawyer they are before hiring them.
How Long Will the Case Take?
Personal injury cases, and other types of cases take a long time to resolve. We recently wrote a post about what takes these cases so long. Ask your lawyer how long she thinks the case will take. If they promise you the case will take a very short time, beware. You might not get the justice you deserve.
Call a Providence Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Today
When you are ready to speak with a spinal cord injury lawyer, call Kevin P Landry Law Offices at 401-751-0101 or visit our offices for a free initial consultation. One of our spinal cord injury lawyers can also meet you in your home, hospital room or office at your request. We are willing to fight for the justice you deserve.