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Choosing a personal injury attorney

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Updated: 4/13/2007 6:36 pm
It's important to choose the right attorney to represent you in a personal injury lawsuit, and it's to your advantage to find one with experience in your specific type of personal injury claim. Apart from the basic qualifications of skill and experience, your attorney should have an understanding of your needs. It's a good idea to make a list of candidates. Ask your friends or family for any recommendations, and check the listings of attorneys in the public library or in the phonebook. Once you have a shortlist, contact each candidate and arrange a brief initial interview, either over the telephone, or preferably face-to-face. The right attorney for you is probably the one you feel most comfortable with and confident in. An initial interview also gives you the opportunity to discuss important matters such as the attorney's prior experience of similar cases, possible courses of action, and fees. Attorneys generally work with associates, so you might want to ask about the qualifications of the legal staff likely to be involved in your case. Remember that two key parts of an attorney's job are negotiation and court presentation. Choose the attorney you're most confident can present your case in the best and most effective manner.
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