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How to Pick a Lawyer When You’re in a Car Accident

You are driving down the road, you stop at a red light, you think about all the things you want to accomplish today, and then BAM! You hear the thud, you shake forward and back and you are a little in shock. You gather your composure and then realize that someone has crashed into your car.

All of the sudden, your big plans for the day are gone. You will spend the rest of the day waiting for the police to show up, figuring out what to do about transportation, cancelling plans and determining how badly you are hurt.

And if you are like most people, you really have no good idea what you need to do when you’re in a car accident. Your friends and family members encourage you to consult an accident attorney. But how do you find the right one?

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The Wrong Way to Choose an Accident Attorney

Before I tell you the best way to find a car accident attorney in Nashville, let me tell you a story about a conversation I had with a friend of mine many years ago (before the Internet existed).

We were catching up and she lamented that she was going through a divorce and her lawyer was terrible. He wasn’t getting anything done and he wouldn’t return her calls.

I asked the natural question, “How did you find him?”

I was stunned by her response, “I found him in the Yellow Pages.”

I knew this person well enough to know she would not choose a hair stylist out of the Yellow Pages. Without a personal referral, she wouldn’t trust a stranger to cut her hair. But, she would turn over one of the most significant events in her life, one with far reaching consequences, to a lawyer she found in an advertisement.

When you think of it that way, it sounds crazy. However, I’m here to tell you, yesterday’s Yellow Page ad is today’s television commercial. Although there is nothing wrong with advertising, the fact that a law firm can pay for a TV ad has absolutely no correlation to the attorney’s abilities or just as importantly, his desire to help you.

How to Choose the Right Car Accident Lawyer

So, how do you find the right lawyer for your case? While it seems intimidating, it really is a pretty simple process.

1. Ask around.

Get a personal referral. Speak to friends and colleagues and find out which attorneys they know and have used previously. Ask questions like:

If the answer to even one of those questions is no, strongly consider looking elsewhere.

2. Do your research. Will the attorney be a good fit for you?

Once you get a referral, don’t forget to research the attorney’s credentials. Conduct an Internet search for an experienced personal injury attorney in Nashville or for the best car accident lawyer in Middle TN. Then, be sure to read the various websites and spend time looking at the lawyer’s credentials. Look for:

Ask about the attorney’s policy with regard to this. For instance, I tell my clients I will return all calls and emails within 48 hours. I have a regularly scheduled appointment, either by phone or in person, every six weeks. If I understand you, and know what is going on in your life, I can best ensure you get the result you want and need.

Also, if you know what is going on with your case, it will help you to get through a very difficult time in your life and let you focus on your recovery. I get a number of clients who have been previously represented. The complaints about their prior lawyers are almost always the same -my lawyer wouldn’t talk to me, I didn’t know what was going on with my case. Don’t let that be you.

If you follow the above steps, you will be able to get through a very difficult time of your life relatively smoothly.

Remember, be your own biggest advocate. There is no such thing as a small case. Make sure your lawyer feels the same way. If he doesn’t, I am here for you.

“Fighting for your rights”  Contact David Weissman and the law firm of Raybin & Weissman for a confidential consultation of your case today at 615-237-8934.

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