One of the most stressful things about getting into an accident and sustaining an injury is that you’ll have to deal with all of the legal and bureaucratic hoop-jumping that comes with getting compensated and making sure that your life goes back to normal as much as possible. You’ll have to deal with negotiations with insurance companies, try to recover physically from your injuries, in some cases worry about property damage, and a plethora of other details. An added stressor is trying to find the right lawyer to help with all of these things. It’s tempting to open the phone book and call the first lawyer that you come across, but don’t. You need to find a local personal injury lawyer, not the most famous one. Here’s why.
1. Laws and Guidelines Can Vary By Area
One reason that it’s really important to hire a local personal injury lawyer is that laws and guidelines can vary by state and region. In addition to finding a lawyer who has the right experience working in the area of personal injury you need help with (like car accident, medical malpractice, slip and fall), you need to find one who is familiar with the area and the right set of laws and guidelines.
2. Good Communication
Another benefit of hiring a local personal injury lawyer is that it will be easier to communicate with him or her in person. Effective and frequent communication is essential for the best outcome of the case. You’ll need to be able to meet with your lawyer about your case to give them all of the details of what happened and allow them access to evidence and documentation surrounding the accident like pictures, medical bills, and anything else that will help them build your case. It can be hard, especially if you’re injured, to travel a long distance to see a lawyer. Having one close makes it easier.
3. They’ll Know Helpful Resources
Though having a local lawyer is important for communication and for their familiarity with the jurisdiction, he or she will also likely know of other resources that may be able to help you. An experienced lawyer will know other people in the industry and perhaps be able to recommend some helpful resources like support groups or physical therapists.