There was an accident, and you got hurt. Right now, you have a lot of questions and even more concerns.

Some might tell you to relax and trust the insurance company, but that is almost always a mistake. There are many good people working for these companies, but at the end of the day, the company’s ultimate goal is to maximize its profit margin. 

Don’t let an accident turn into a disaster. When you have been hurt in an accident, you need the best personal injury attorney you can find.

Searching the internet for a “personal injury attorney near me” does not guarantee that the attorney you pick will be good. So, what does make an excellent personal injury lawyer?

Experience

Personal injury law is a lot like the wild west—a lot of people fancy themselves to be cowboys, but most of them are “all hat and no cattle.” 

The best personal injury attorneys have years of experience. These personal injury lawyers have spent some serious time in trial and are not just a settlement mill.

If you get a good deal, there is nothing wrong with settlements, but too many attorneys will take pennies on the dollar. These are lawyers who focus on the quantity of their cases over the quality.

Personal injury experience is good, but you need more than that. An attorney with years of experience in workplace injuries in Illinois might not be the best pick for a Texas car wreck case. Instead, look for an attorney who has deep expertise related to your accident claim.

It’s okay if the attorney has a broad range of experience, but you may want to make sure they know what they are doing. Do not be afraid to ask the attorney if they have handled this type of case before. It is better to know these things in the beginning.

Record

On top of subject matter experience, you want an attorney who knows how to win in court. Is this an attorney willing to take the bare minimum to move on to the next case? Or is this an attorney who will fight to get you the compensation you deserve?

Injuries can be lifelong and debilitating. Sacrificing your payment today could mean not having money to pay for your care tomorrow. See if your attorney has a record of winning big cases. It is good to know that you are working with someone who knows how to get real payouts.

Accolades

Is your attorney recognized as a leader in their field? The best personal injury attorneys get noticed by organizations and other attorneys. Look to see what types of awards and recognition the attorney has been given. Awards are not everything, but they can be a helpful indicator of success.

Due Diligence

Ethics are crucial for a good attorney. Look up your personal injury lawyer for any disciplinary action from the State Bar.

It may also be a good idea to read online reviews for the attorney, but with the caveat that sometimes opposing parties will leave a nasty review after a significant loss. Doing a little research should show if your attorney has a good reputation.

Location

So we gave you a hard time for looking up “personal injury attorney near me,” but that does not mean location is irrelevant; It is just not the top priority. Still, if you are in Houston, a personal injury attorney in San Diego may not do you much good.

Try to find the best of both worlds, if possible. Look for a personal injury lawyer that meets the above criteria and is located near you.

Payment

In most personal injury cases, you will either pay an hourly fee or pay on contingency. Hourly fees can rack up quickly and go into the six-figure range in a personal injury claim. Contingency fees give a portion of the award or settlement to the attorney.

With a contingency fee, you will not pay anything unless you win. The pressure that comes with a contingency fee can motivate your attorney to get the best result they can.

Contact a Houston Personal Injury Attorney Today

You deserve the best personal injury attorney you can find. At Armstrong, Lee & Baker LLP, we want to be that attorney. Our team of dedicated personal injury attorneys knows what it takes to get results.

Scott Armstrong has been recognized as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers and a Top Lawyer by Houstonia magazine. Our staff has experience with auto accidents, product defects, maritime injuries, and more.

We always strive to give our clients our best and hope to do the same for you. Contact us today for your consultation.

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Joshua Lee believes in aggressive, tough advocacy and a client-centered approach to every case. Joshua draws from a wide body of experiences and a robust understanding of the law. Joshua graduated from the New York University School of Law in New York City, which is considered among the best law schools in the world.