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If you have been injured in an accident or lost a family member due to someone else’s negligence, hiring a personal injury attorney may be the best idea for seeking retribution. But, it can be difficult to know what to look for when hiring a personal injury attorney and finding one that you can trust has your best interest at heart. The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., wants to share five tips on hiring a personal injury attorney in Kingsport. That way, you can be sure to hire the best attorney for your case.
- Check online reviews
These days, most people go online to find out just about anything they need or want to know, including scanning customer reviews for businesses. Just like you would scout out reviews before booking a vacation or dinner reservation, check out online reviews of the attorney you are considering. Don’t just rely on reviews listed on their actual website, which could be cherry-picked, but also look at Google reviews, Yelp, or other reputable sites. Find out what people around town are saying about this attorney.
- Verify their experience
You go to the dentist when you need work done on your teeth, and an orthopedic doctor when you have a bad knee. Finding the right attorney for your case is no different. Not all attorneys are qualified to deal with personal injury cases. Could your buddy’s cousin that’s an estate attorney handle your case? Maybe. But, are they the best attorney for your case? Nope. If you’re about to go to battle in a personal injury case, you need to find an actual personal injury attorney that is familiar with current laws and how the courts work on these type of cases.
- Talk about rates
Every attorney sets their own fees, but you should be clear about what these rates cover, and what it means for your case. Will you have to pay upfront, or not owe anything unless your case wins? You need to understand the attorney’s rate structure, and how much the case is going to cost you. You might be tempted to make a bunch of calls around town trying to find the cheapest rate, but that’s not the best route to take. Find a few attorneys that are rated well, and that offer the services you need, and then book a consultation to meet face to face. It’s common for attorneys to offer a free consultation for a personal injury case.
- Have a face-to-face consultation
If you’ve come this far, finish what you’ve started by having a face-to-face consultation with the personal injury attorney you are considering to hire. Everything else might check out to this point, but you can really tell a lot about someone once you meet them. You will be working closely together, so you want to be sure that the attorney you are considering is one that you mesh well with, which only can be known if you meet them. So, don’t just call around to find the cheapest deal in town.
- Come prepared
Before heading to your consultation, gather some items that will be helpful for the attorney to learn as much about your case as possible so that they can answer any questions that you may have.
Gather these documents:
- Accident report
- Pictures of the accident, injuries, and area in which the accident occurred
- Contact information of witnesses, if you have any
- Doctor’s contact information
- Insurance information
If you are looking for a top-rated personal injury attorney in Kingsport, or want to find out how to find one of the best attorneys for your personal injury case in Johnson City, contact the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., by calling (276) 451-2056.
The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., have provided legal services to the areas of Bristol, Johnson City, and Kingsport, TN, as well as Bristol, VA, for more than 30 years.