How Do I Find a Personal Injury Lawyer Near Me?

Were you injured due to someone else's carelessness? Answer the questionnaire below and we will help you find the right lawyer for you.

Is My Injury Legally Considered Personal Injury?

In the state of California, personal injury covers bodily injuries, but also emotional or mental injurywhich is harder to define. However, it helps to categorize personal injuries by answering the following three questions:

1. Was the responsible party negligent?

2. Did the responsible party cause harm?

3. Did this harm incur costs?

If the answer is yes, you would benefit from talking to an attorney. 


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Do I Need A Personal Injury Lawyer In California?

While it is possible to receive personal injury compensation without legal representation, insurance companies will try to pay back as little as possible.

 

This is where it can be advantageous to bring the case to court. Note once again, that your insurance company will not provide you with a lawyer or legal advice.


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Can I Hire Any Kind Of Lawyer?

Technically you can, but it is not recommended. Practicing law has become complex and increasingly specialized. This means you will want to put every odd in your favor by hiring a seasoned lawyer who is an expert at dealing with personal injuries.

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How Will I pay for my Personal Injury Lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers take a percentage of the settlement money. It is called a contingent fee and is usually around 33%. This means you will not be charged unless there is recovery.

How Will I pay for my Personal Injury Lawyer?

Most personal injury lawyers take a percentage of the settlement money. It is called a contingent fee and is usually around 33%. This means you will not be charged unless there is recovery.

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Is the "No Fee, No Recovery" Model Real?

Yes, it is. However, be aware that bringing a case to court may be expensive, even if you lose. This is because of case expenses. Their amount varies greatly from case to case, and could be for:


  • Acquiring medical records 
  • Paying Expert Witnesses 
  • Covering Physician 
  • Etc.


Be sure to ask your personal injury lawyer how these court cases will be handled.


You might have seen lawyers advertise with “No fee, no recovery”, or “Free initial consultation”. This is not exceptional and shouldn’t be a decisive factor in choosing the lawyer.

How Will I Get Compensated For My Claim

Personal injury lawyers will help you obtain compensation through one of three outcomes: a settlement before trial, a settlement during a trial, and a settlement determined by trial.

It is important to understand the difference, as a lawyer’s track record with each kind of compensation could affect who you select.

How to Find Personal Injury Lawyers in California?

First of all, you’ve reached the right page.As you may have gathered from the number of TV ads, personal injury lawyers can be aggressive and competitive. It’s important to keep a cool head as you select the best candidate for your case.


This is why we’ve vetted the best personal injury lawyers in your area.  

1. Create a large pool of candidatesuse online directories, call numbers you see on billboards, and ask friends and families for recommendations.

2. Research similar cases to your ownthis will get you an idea of what to expect, and will help vet lawyers whose field of expertise is irrelevant.

3. Prepare questions in advancesee below for a list. And don’t forget to keep notes on who gave the best answers.

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How Should I Select Potential Personal Injury Lawyers

Ideally, you should meet in person. Phone or email conversations may work, but remember that you’ll want someone you feel you can trust. It will help to sit down with potential candidates to find the ideal one for your case.

How Should I Select Potential Personal Injury Lawyers

Ideally, you should meet in person. Phone or email conversations may work, but remember that you’ll want someone you feel you can trust. It will help to sit down with potential candidates to find the ideal one for your case.

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As for Actual Questions, Here Are Some Great Ones to Start With:

As mentioned above, you might want to stay clear of general law practitioners. Ideally, their area of expertise closely matches the specifics of your case.

Their years of practice might be reflected in the contingent fee. It’s up to you to decide if their experience is worth the fee.

Not just about whether they won or lost. It’s also about understanding how many cases were settled out of court or after the trial.

A young lawyer who has always managed to gain recovery may have done so throughout of court settlement only. If your case does go to court, you want a lawyer who has experience in that setting too.

Be careful of lawyers who over-promise. Asking several candidates about their estimates will give you a better ballpark.

Don’t be swayed by the attractive “No recovery no fee” claims. Mention case costs and any other hidden fees. Make sure you are as clear as possible on all the fee details to avoid bad surprises.

An attorney who is comfortable with their track record will have no problem referring you to previous clients.

The best personal injury lawyers will get a referral from other law professionals. The least reputable will usually cast a wide net by sending unsolicited letters.

The most reputable lawyers will be asked to lecture at legal education seminars by colleagues. They may be asked to write legal articles in renowned publications in California, or elsewhere. Noted credentials may be to be part of the:


Key Takeaways:

  • Selecting a great personal injury lawyer can be intimidating and a challenge. However, remember that law professionals are there to work for you.
  • If you hire one and feel dissatisfied with their work ethic, it’s possible to fire them.
  • Most judges will understand, provided you have good enough reasons for your decision. 


Hopefully, this guide will help you select the ideal personal injury lawyer, right off the bat!

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