What Does A Personal Injury Lawyer Do And Why Is It Beneficial To Hire One?
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, you may be thinking whether or not to hire a personal injury lawyer. Often times you may find yourself faced with a difficult decision of which law firm to hire. It’s not uncommon to be bombarded with advertisements with large firms, some of which will be located out of your community. If you are thinking of hiring a personal injury lawyer, read this first and you may save yourself some trouble.
It Is Not Easy Finding The Right Personal Injury Lawyer
Often times people will search online, and find themselves bombarded with legal directories, referral sites, and other personal injury lawyer leads, without being able to find information from a neutral source.
When hiring a personal injury lawyer, it is important to look out for hidden costs and have the lawyer make it clear exactly what you are signing when retaining their law firm. Often times retainer agreements can be long and confusing, and in fact, lawyers have to include a number of provisions in order to be an appropriate retainer agreement to the Law Society of Upper Canada. It is very important you take your time and have the lawyer thoroughly explain the retainer agreement.
It’s also important to discuss with the lawyer whether they will be handling the claim or referring it out. While there are certain restrictions and conditions in place now on referral arrangements, law firms are still permitted to accept referral fees up to a certain amount on files. Therefore, since you hire a law firm on the basis that you have met with them and are content with things, it’s helpful to confirm that they will be the ones working on the file. This may sound silly, but make sure you are dealing with an actual law firm. Since referral fees used to be very lucrative for law offices, and may still be, it is prudent to ensure that the firm you are hiring does in fact do personal injury law.
Make Sure Your Lawyers Are Familiar With The Local Customs And Conventions
It is helpful to hire a law firm that is actually located in your area. Law firms often appear to have multiple locations by including addresses in various cities. By looking closely, many of these addresses are post offices or rental spaces. It is important for the law office you hire to have ties to the community and a thorough understanding of the local court practices.
Our law office is situated in Hamilton, Ontario. We don’t have any virtual law offices anywhere else. With that said, we do practice in areas from Brantford to Toronto, Kitchener to Niagara, and are familiar with the local practice in those areas.
If you or a loved one are looking for an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact our law office for a free consultation and evaluation of your case.