If you have been involved in a serious accident and you have suffered injuries because of that accident, then you may be eligible for compensation.

If indeed you are eligible, then it is absolutely essential that you take on a lawyer who has the experience and know-how to see your claim through. It is important at this stage to remember, then, that not all personal injury lawyers are created equal.

Some are better than others.

What you ideally want is a lawyer on your side who will take no nonsense; a lawyer who will fight your corner no matter how your claim unfolds; and a lawyer who is going to push for the maximum amount of compensation possible, to ensure that you receive a fair and proportionate pay-out, so that you can get back to your everyday life.

Where can you find such lawyers?

You should start your search for a reputable and experienced lawyer within larger, national law firms, because they invariably have a huge network of lawyers. Usually, these are made up of in-house lawyers and trusted lawyers working within other practices. The great thing about contacting a larger law firm first of all, then, is that you are going to have immediate access to a wide range of personal injury experts. Smaller practices tend to only have one or two in-house personal injury experts, which is an obvious downside.

You can find larger law firms by yourself simply by using Google, Bing, Yahoo or another online search engine. Simply search for “personal injury law firm” and you will be presented with a solid list of reputable, larger law firms. Just to clarify also, that the reason larger law firms will show up here above others is because they have invested considerably more in their online web presence than smaller practices. They have affectively been rewarded by search engines for delivering valuable information to people looking for legal advice.

How should I decide on a lawyer?

Of course, the reputable of a law firm and the reputation of a lawyer are two different things. When it comes to choosing a good lawyer, there are two things to look out for:

  1. Case experience: A lawyer who has processed many claims that similar to your own will best-placed to process your claim;
  2. Success rate: The ‘success rate’ is a measurement (percentage) of the amount of cases a lawyer has won. Anything over 80 per cent is considered excellent.

Make sure when you speak to a lawyer about your accident that you establish what their level of experience is, and also what their success rate is, to ensure that you choose a lawyer who is qualified to take your case on and see it to a positive conclusion.