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Posted in Law on September 20, 2021   |  by Gary Burger

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Lawyer

No one ever hopes to be in a situation where they need to hire a lawyer or find themselves in the midst of any sort of legal battle. In the case of a car accident, slip and fall, workers’ compensation, wrongful death or other personal injury situation where someone was harmed by another person or organization’s negligence, going through the legal process of a claim or civil suit is your best chance at recovering the financial compensation you need to cover your medical bills and ease the financial burden of life after an accident. Your chances are much better still if you hire the right personal injury lawyer for you and your case. The question is who is the right lawyer for you?

When it comes to understanding your options and fighting for complete compensation, Burger Law’s personal injury lawyers are here and ready to demand your full recovery. You only have limited time in a personal injury case in Missouri or Illinois. Act now and hire the experienced and powerfully effective personal injury law firm, Burger Law. Speak with one of our qualified personal injury lawyers today at (314) 500-HURT or online now.

5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Lawyer

1. Experience

Does the lawyer you are speaking to have experience representing cases like yours? Though every case is unique, experience in the type of case you have plays a large role in an attorney’s ability to represent you. If you have a product liability claim, for example, it helps to hire a lawyer who has a history of working with similar product liability claims. This experience is an indicator that the lawyer is familiar with the specific Missouri or Illinois statutes, precedents and other rules surrounding your case.

Experience is not everything, but it is important. A lawyer who has practiced five years longer than another lawyer is not automatically more qualified. Explore the practice areas handled by the law firm or view previous case results to determine if they have represented cases like yours before.

2. Communication

Communication is one of the most vital services a law firm offers, yet it is something that often gets overlooked. When you hire a lawyer, you are not only asking them to speak for you in court and argue your case to the judge or jury. You should be able to count on your law firm to handle every aspect of your case and keep you informed along the way.

Generally, a lawyer who has the support of a law firm behind them will be better able to provide communication. A savvy legal support staff will keep meticulous files of all your interactions in addition to tracking the events of your case. You should feel comfortable asking your lawyer questions and raising any concerns you have. Hire a lawyer who not only answers your questions and is responsive to your inquiries, but also volunteers information to help you better understand your situation and make the best decisions for yourself.

3. Professionalism

A lawyer is a professional, and should act as such. As in any other profession, each lawyer has their own personality and own working style. Hire a lawyer you are comfortable with, but above all else, they are a professional providing you with a professional service. A lawyer's success in a case has a lot to do with how they present themselves, so make sure the lawyer you hire is able to take on a professional appearance and demeanor when necessary.

4. Reputation

Any lawyer who practices in your state or jurisdiction will have some sort of reputation. When you have found a lawyer you respect and are comfortable working with, find out what others think of them before you decide to hire them.

A lawyer builds a reputation both with their past clients as well as through their peers and the legal community. To gain insight into the reputation of a lawyer you are considering hiring, explore their client reviews and testimonials and read about them and the awards and recognition they have received. Many awards and accolades lawyers earn are given to them by their peers.

5. Fees

Of course you want the best of the best when it comes to your legal case, but the reality is that money is an object. Before you hire a lawyer, ask them about their rates and pricing. Prepare yourself by doing research into area standards for the specific type of lawyer you need. Make sure the lawyer you hire is one you can afford and has fair and straightforward billing practices.

Fortunately, if you are looking for a personal injury lawyer for your car crash, slip and fall, wrongful death or other personal injury case, you can find a lawyer that does not require any upfront payment. The St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois lawyers of Burger Law do not get paid unless we recover payment for you. That means you do not have to pay any money out of pocket—not even when you hire us. We begin with a free consultation, and if you choose to hire us, we will work hard to fight for the case outcome you desire. When we win your case, our fee (a standard percentage of your total award) comes from your total compensation.

Choose a Lawyer for your Personal Injury | Burger Law

If you have been injured in Missouri or Illinois and believe you have a personal injury case, Burger Law can help. Our St. Louis injury lawyers are experienced in all areas of personal injury law and are ready to stand up to the insurance company, prove your case and demand compensation for your damages. Take the first step today. Hire our lawyers or learn more about us at (314) 500-HURT or here.