What to Consider When Choosing a Product Liability Lawyer
If you have an injury from an unreasonably perilous or malfunctioning product, you can pursue compensation from its maker and others involved in the supply chain. To get compensation, you need a reputable product liability attorney who can represent you.
Check out online reviews.
Several websites now post reviews for lawyers. You may be tempted to do just that before your first appointment with a lawyer, but it might be wise to wait. You don’t want such testimonials to prejudice you in any way. Take note that reviews can be subjective. Usually, those who have had a not so positive experience are more inclined to write a web review, especially if done anonymously.
Remember the way you were received.
Communication is the secret when it comes to successful lawyer-client relationships. You want a lawyer who makes you feel comfortable around them. Did you shy away from asking questions, especially “basic” types? Did it seem like the attorney was judging you? How friendly and respectful was the lawyer’s staff? A lawyer who retains rude personnel may not care about your well-being as a clients either. Was the attorney’s office tidy and in order? A chaotic office can be a sign that they are not organized enough to be effective in what they do.
Make an educated choice.
Deciding which lawyer to hire is up to you, but here are crucial factors to consider:Choosing a lawyer to hire is your decision to make, but below are vital issues for you to look into:Hiring a certain lawyer is a decision that is all yours, but make sure to take the following into account:
Experience – Pick an attorney with lots of experience representing others who also sued for a similar product.
Good Communication – Without this factor, skip the lawyer, no matter their experience or reputation.
Rate – Though you should never decide solely based on price, you have to consider it anyway. You may want to pick a younger, less experienced attorney if they will only take 30% of what you receive as opposed to 45% which a more experienced lawyer may demand.
General Comfort – If you are considering two lawyers but you like one more over the other, all things equal, then you should trust your guts.
Total Comfort – If you are choosing between two lawyers who are equally experienced but somehow, you like one of them more, then listen to your instincts.
General Comfort – If you have two or more lawyers to choose from and they are equally experienced, except that you like one more than the other, then trust your instincts.
Look for an engagement letter.
The moment you hire a lawyer, they should prepare for you an engagement letter. This will explain the work that they will (or will not) be doing for you as per you agreement, along with information on how your files will be stored and what costs you may have to pay. Should the lawyer need to modify the engagement letter, make sure you have received the new letter before discarding the old one. After you have signed the letter, keep a copy for future reference. There’s no telling why or when you would have to review it.