1. Search for Information Concerning the Potential Attorney Online

Searching an attorney online has its benefits as well as its pitfalls, but with specific searches, the results can be helpful. When reviewing a potential attorney, the first place to look is the State Bar records. Here you can find if an attorney is licensed, is in good standing and whether or not the attorney has had a record of discipline. Los Angeles personal injury lawyer

Attorney directories are another good place to start looking for information. Lawyers.com, FindLaw and SuperLawyers are excellent directories to begin your search. Avvo and YELP are excellent sites for obtaining reviews from former clients. There are many others as well. Peer review and client recognition and recommendations are important information for the potential client to read concerning a potential motor vehicle accident attorney selection.

Reviewing the potential attorney’s website is also a must. But it should be taken with a grain of salt. Why? Because the lawyer created the website and has posted all of the content on the website. Certainly, information concerning the attorney’s past experience, case results and areas of practice are important to glean from a website. But verification from independent directories and the State Bar are necessary to confirm the attorney’s competence and experience.

2. Meet with the Potential Attorney

Many of the best car accident lawyers offer free consultations for injured victims to help them understand their rights. As a potential client, you should take advantage of this opportunity to determine whether the attorney is the right match for you. One of the most important factors should be “does this attorney value me as a client?” If you feel that the attorney does not care about you personally, he or she most likely will not work hard to advocate on your behalf.

If you have ongoing medical issues, you should ask what help and guidance the attorney can provide concerning your recovery process. Will the attorney provide recommendations or referrals to the best medical providers? Do these medical providers require payment up front or does the attorney have doctors that work on liens? Appropriate medical attention is important to your recovery in addition to helping quantify your injury claim. Some lawyers are eager to settle cases and rush through this process, leaving the injured victim without a full medical recovery let alone potential medical expenses that are not covered by the claim.