Hiring a lawyer is an important decision. Having the right lawyer can significantly improve the outcome of your claim, along with the quality of your life following an injury.
That’s why you should get the best.
Consider the following things when hiring an ICBC personal injury lawyer:
- Look for experience and expertise.
All lawyers have their areas of expertise. When you pick a lawyer, the fundamental thing you need to look for is their expertise in ICBC personal injury cases. Ensure that they have previous – and ideally, a lot – of experience working on your type of situation, be it based on a specific injury or type of accident.
- Check previous success rates.
Does the lawyer a strong track record of successful cases? End of the day, it’s about you. You need the best compensation settlement and a lawyer who’ll help you get there. Find a personal injury lawyer with a history of being a strong advocate for his/her clients.
- Read client testimonials.
Find out about other clients’ experiences working with the lawyer you’re considering. Research and read client testimonials and reviews.
- Control the cost.
Don’t pay when you don’t have to. Most ICBC personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you don’t pay unless and until your case gets a settlement. When that happens, your lawyer gets a percentage of your compensation. The costs – and the risk – involved for you is minimal, as it should be. Pick a lawyer who looks out for you.
- Find the right fit.
Find a lawyer you understand you and your case. Not just legally, but the impact it has on you emotionally and physically. You need to find the right fit, a lawyer you can trust to fight for you. Find a lawyer who’ll give it everything to win your case and get you the best outcome, because you shouldn’t settle for anything less.
- Make sure the firm you sign up with is the one that represents you.
Do your research and make sure you know the firm you’re signing on. Some law firms take your case at the initial meeting, but pass it onto another firm for a commission—without you knowing about it. For you, this means you don’t have any control in the lawyer you’ll get, and there’s no guarantee of excellent service.
- Be cautious of “referral” services.
Don’t sign up for a referral service online. Work with an actual lawyer who is knowledgeable and can represent you. Referral service websites usually have no legal background and can’t help you.
- Access to resources.
More complicated cases require more evidence, which takes time. If your situation is complicated or you’ve had a significant injury, choose a law firm with access to a wide range of resources such as medical specialists, private investigators, and engineers, who can all work on your case and get you the best possible outcome.