Calling your local legal aid office, if it is available, could be the best option. Although these individuals are not in the business of making decisions, the personal injury bar in a given city typically has about fifty to one hundred lawyers, so word gets around quickly among attorneys about who is nice and who isn’t. http://www.ambha.org/frequent-meetings-with-personal-injury-lawyers.html is an excellent resource for this.
Your local bar association is another useful source of information. Your city bar will have more general knowledge on who hasn’t been sanctioned by the courts for malpractice, as well as a concise list of recommended lawyers. However, take this information with a grain of salt because there are manipulations going on behind the scenes as well. Having a list of three or four lawyers you’re considering and then calling the bar association to get their opinion on each one is usually a safer strategy.
If you know someone who works in the legal field, referrals may be beneficial. If not, the most you can hope for from a transfer is a class in which he or she isn’t incompetent. And, let’s face it, most clients have no idea if the settlement they expected was the best they could get.
The final assessment should always be to collect with the lawyer. In such a gathering, you can discuss the payment mechanism (contingency or absolute-fee), but you should also try to determine if this person seems competent. What law school did he/she attend, for example? Did they get it right the first time? In your state, how long have they been practising personal injury? Would they allow you to give a sermon to some of their most recent clients? Both of these considerations should give you a general idea of whether or not your personal injury attorney is qualified, if not excellent.For you and your family, personal accidents and wrongful deaths may be life-changing events.