How to Find the Best Personal Injury Lawyer in Los Angeles
How to Hire a Bad Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney
Some lawyers get into personal injury law because they believe it is a lucrative area of practice. That’s not intrinsically bad, but there are over 9000 personal injury attorneys in the State of California alone -- with a large percentage of those being located in our around the Los Angeles area. In other words, it’s a highly competitive area of practice. Attorneys vie for cases and employ certain strategies to draw in clients. These strategies are not always ethical and they do not always have their client’s best interests at heart.
Here are some things to look out for to be sure you don’t hire a bad personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles.
#1 Way to Hire a Bad Lawyer
Hire Based on Junk Mail, Billboards or Targeted Ads
You’ve just been released from the hospital after an accident. You come home and you look through your mail. You find a letter from a personal injury law firm. Or, while you are at the hospital, you get on your phone to call your loved ones and an ad pops up about a personal injury law firm. My God, you think, how did they even know about my accident?
Questionable Ways Attorneys Get You to Hire Them
- Law firms that send out solicitation mail glean the information from police reports and accident records.
- Some injury law firms use ad agencies and apps that can target people in emergency rooms and advertise to them in their most vulnerable time.
- And, good ole Los Angeles billboards are just a wide net cast by law firms that don’t really care who they serve.
- There are various attorney “rating” sites that reward attorneys who pay for listings. Just because a lawyer has a dozen "Awesome Lawyer" badges on their website, doesn't mean they are actually awesome. They may have just paid for the badges.
Lawyers that use these tools typically have a business model that is based on taking as many cases as they can and settling them as quickly as possible, taking a cut, and moving on to the next one. In most cases, an individual who decides to go this route could likely be better off simply taking whatever the insurance company’s first offer is. At least then they wouldn’t have to fork over a portion of their settlement to a lawyer that never touched their case, because they had a legal assistant handle it.
Avoid the above tactics, unless you are looking to hire a bad Los Angeles personal injury lawyer.
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"Personal injury lawyers conjure up images of tacky billboards of a guy with greasy hair and an 800 number. Sally Morin Law couldn't be any more different and is a breath of fresh air for an experience with any type of attorney."
Another Sign You Are Hiring a Bad Personal Injury Lawyer
Hire an Attorney who Isn’t Interested (or is TOO Interested) in You or Your Case
Who wants to work with someone that forgets about you? Or a large company that looks at your business as just another dollar? Nobody. The same goes when you hire a top personal injury attorney. You want to hire a lawyer who is interested in you and your case. Not a lawyer who is desperate for your case, but one who shows general interest in you and your situation.
This is an interesting balance, because you want an attorney who is enthusiastic about representing you, but not so enthusiastic that he is urging you to retain him before he has even gotten any details about your case. If you sense at all that the attorney is desperate, there may be a reason for this. Either he is struggling, has a bad reputation, is in a rush, or some other red flag.
Ask questions, or simply move on to selecting another lawyer, if you sense any desperation from the attorney or his staff. On the other hand, if a lawyer and his team seem totally uninterested in you or your case (except for the fee it will produce), and it feels like he is just adding your case to his enormous caseload, chances are you won’t get the attention you and your case deserve. Do your best to find a lawyer who expresses a reasonable and desirable level of genuine interest in you and your case.
Be sure you’ve done your research on this attorney’s reputation and found information that indicates she cares about her clients and their cases. Do the online reviews for this attorney indicate that her former clients felt taken care of? Or, is there anything to indicate that the client felt “small” or unimportant?
The bottom line is that to avoid hiring a bad Los Angeles personal injury lawyer you want someone who is interested in, but not desperate for, you and your case, has a history or reputation for treating clients the way you want to be treated and focuses her resources on the type of case you have.
Sally Morin Law Uber vs. Bicycle Accident Client
"I NEVER ONCE FELT LIKE I WASN'T THEIR TOP PRIORITY."
How to Spot the Best Personal Injury Attorneys
There’s so much uncertainty that plaintiffs in these sorts of cases face. Your lawyer isn’t necessarily there to comfort you, but you should feel as though a burden is being lifted once she has taken over the case. Your lawyer should act as an intermediary between you and an insurance company and advocate on your behalf. That means taking all of the pressure off of you in dealing with the insurance companies and allowing you the opportunity to focus on your recovery stress-free and in peace.
The key factor to look for when you hire the best personal injury attorney is trust.
Trust is the foundation of any good relationship. That includes your relationship with your personal injury attorney. The bottom line is that no attorney will be right for you unless you can trust her.
There are a lot of people who think lawyers in general are sneaky or slimy. What’s even worse is that personal injury attorneys are regarded even lower. Well, there certainly are some shady personal injury lawyers in the world, but most of us are normal hardworking people who love getting our clients money they deserve and helping them back on their feet.
Be warned! There are various attorney “rating” sites that reward attorneys who pay for listings. Just because a lawyer has a fancy "Awesome Lawyer" badge on their website, doesn't mean they are actually awesome. They may have just paid for the badge.
How do you know if you can trust a lawyer you are thinking of hiring? You can be sure that if the lawyer has a prominent online presence any breaches of trust with his clients would be discoverable online. Bad reviewers are relentless! If the lawyer did a client wrong, you can be sure that client would post something online to warn others not to trust this attorney.
Alternatively, if the attorney you are considering has virtually no online presence (a great way for you to check reputation/referrals) make sure you have a personal referral to the attorney, or have a nice long conversation with him to be sure it feels “right” in your gut.
At Sally Morin Law...
- We keep it real.
- We don't exaggerate things to win clients.
- We keep clients updated throughout their cases.
- We do what's in the best interest of our clients.
The Bottom Line is – Hire the Best Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer for YOU
While the question of how to find the best Los Angeles personal injury attorney will not always yield the exact same answer, it’s important to trust your instincts when it comes to the process of hiring your lawyer. You want someone who fits your style and is focused on your case. You want someone you can trust during this stressful time. Someone who has your back!
At Sally Morin Law, we exclusively handle: Bicycle Accidents, Car Accidents, Motorcycle Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Uber Accidents and Other Rideshare Accidents.
Unlike many other Los Angeles personal injury firms, we focus on what we do best! We definitely don’t take on “everything that comes in the door.” We believe our focused and selective approach allows us to concentrate our skills, energy and resources to better serve our amazing clients.
We also pride ourselves on only representing clients who have similar styles and objectives as we do. Our wonderful clients are people like you who have experienced terrible accidents and just want to get back in the swing of things. Most of our clients are busy professionals and adventure seekers who don’t have time to worry about their cases. Our number one goal is to get a solid financial result for our clients so they can move on from the case and get back to their awesome lives! Contact us to see if we can help you.
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