Finding the best lawyer for you Michigan car accident lawsuit may be a difficult task due to the large numbers of attorneys advertising on T.V., radio, billboards, and the internet. However, when choosing your attorney after you Michigan car accident, you want to make sure you hire the best lawyer, not the one that advertises the most. Finding the best lawyer for your Michigan car accident lawsuit is the difference between a great settlement and no settlement.
How To Find Best Lawyer For Your Michigan Car Accident Lawsuit
It is important that you do not rush to a decision to hire your lawyer. Auto accident cases can take several years to finalize and you need to be confident that the law firm that you choose is well-established and will be by your side from start to finish. You also want to make sure that the law firm will not stop taking your phone calls after you win a settlement. Many lawyers will simply ignore you after you receive a settlement even though there are still issues with your insurance company later on.
You should consider the list below when choosing the lawyer and law firm for your case. These factors will make you feel comfortable that you made the right choice in finding the best lawyer for your auto accident case.
1. Find a lawyer that specializes in car accident cases.
Many attorneys do a little bit of everything and are willing to take on your auto case. However, the laws for handling auto cases are complex and confusing and you need a lawyer who handles these cases every day. Make sure that firm that you choose is 100% devoted to personal injury and accident cases and does not just dabble in these areas of law.
2. Make sure that the law firm is AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Martindale-Hubbell is the most respected rating service for attorneys and law firms and has been for a long time. An AV rating means that the lawyer or firm has the highest possible rating for Skill and Integrity. This is the type of lawyer that you want on your side. Insurance companies and their lawyers know which attorneys handle their cases with high ethical standards and those that provide the best possible legal representation. This helps you when it comes time for the insurance company to pay your settlement.
3. Check out the lawyer’s rating on AVVO.
AVVO compiles information and reviews from both attorneys and clients and provides a rating for the attorney. Attorneys with a “10” rating or close to it should be placed at the top of your list when choosing a lawyer. The lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. have top ratings with AVVO.
4. Check out the law firms Better Business Bureau rating.
The Better Business Bureau is a great source when checking up on any type of consumer business. If you check up on a roofing company or furnace company, you should definitely do the same for a law firm. Respected law firms have listings with the Better Business Bureau and have ratings. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and a large number of postive reviews. This will give you confidence that our law firm is a great fit for your case.
5. Read Our Google Reviews.
Google Reviews are a great way to learn about the law firm and its lawyers. These are independent reviews by present and former clients and others in the legal community. A large number of reviews provides great insight on how the law firm has helped people over the years and their gratitude for the quality of legal services provided to the clients. Read the Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Google Reviews to learn more about how we treat our clients and the results we get on our cases.
6. A professional website.
Does the law firm have a professional looking website? Does it provide information on the firm, its attorneys, its awards, and the types of cases it handles? Does it have a blog and regular content, or is it a cheap website with little or no information? Does it offer you free books that you can download to learn more about your case type?
Law firm websites provide great insight about the culture of the law firm, its history, and its success over the years. These are signs that the law firm stays on top of matters and keeps its clients well informed. You should be able to read a firm's website and be comfortable that you are making a good choice even before you call to speak with an attorney.
7. Attorney biography pages.
The law firm website should have detailed information about every lawyer in the firm. Many websites only include profiles on the firm partners, but your case may be handled by another lawyer in the firm. You want to know who will be handling your case and everything about their education and professional accomplishments.
8. Settlements and Jury Verdicts.
You want a law firm with a history of successful settlements and verdicts This is a great indicator that the attorneys have the skill and experience to win you a great settlement and that they have handled cases just like your case in the past.
9. Best Law Firms by U.S. News & World Reports.
Very few law firms have been named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News. Buckfire & Buckfire has earned the Best Lawyers and Best Law Firms rating.
10. Visit the Michigan Bar Association website.
Look up the attorney that you are considering using for your case. Make sure that the lawyer has not had any disciplinary proceedings in the past and has never had his or her license suspended or revoked.
11. Meet with the lawyer at the law firm office.
Many times, it is not practical to meet with an attorney at the law firm office for the first time. You may be in the hospital, confined to your home, or it just may be too far to travel for your first meeting. If possible, you will want to visit the office to make sure that it is professional, organized, and well run. If the office has old furniture, papers scattered about on the floor, and is generally unkempt, then you can expect your file to be treated in the same manner.
Our law office has multiple conference rooms, a client lounge, a free parking lot, and is easy to find. We use state of the art technology to manage your cases, litigate your lawsuit, and to manage our practice so that your case gets treated with high priority. Our friendly staff will make you feel comfortable as soon as you walk through our front door.
12. "Connect" with your lawyer.
Cases take a long time and you need to be confident that you personally like your attorney. You need to be very comfortable with the lawyer you choose for your case. A lawyer-client relationship is based upon trust so you will want to "connect" with your lawyer to make sure you are on the same page and have the same goals.
13. Communication is essential.
Strong communication between the attorney and client is essential for a great outcome. You do not want an attorney that ignores your phone calls after you sign up with the law firm. Our lawyers do their best to return your phone calls the same business day whenever possible and we return e-mails even quicker. You want a lawyer who responds to your needs and answers your questions and concerns as soon as possible.
14. Free books & legaul guides for your type of case.
The best lawyers write books and consumer guides to help the public understand their legal rights. Our firm has published more injury guides for consumers than any other law firm in Michigan. These guides help you understand the Michigan laws and the legal process for filing a lawsuit and winning a settlement. You can download all of our free legal guides for immediate reading and then speak to the attorney and author about your case.
15. Our Legal Awards and Achievements
We are proud of the many awards and professional honors given to us by the top legal industry professionals. These include:
- Named "Best Detroit Personal Injury Lawyer" by DB Magazine
- Awarded "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Perfect 10.0 by AVVO, the top Internet Lawyer Rating Service
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- Honored as Super Lawyers
- Named Best Lawyers By U.S. News
- Highest Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) For Skill & Integrity
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Our No-Fee Promise on Michigan Car Accident Cases
Don't be concerned about the money you might need to hire a lawyer. You can afford to have the best car accident law firm on your side without paying a penny out of your pocket. It literally costs nothing to get started and if your auto accident case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:
- No money to hire us or get started on your case
- We pay all case costs and expenses from start to finish
- You pay no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
- Phone calls to our office are always free, forever.
Start Your Michigan Car Accident Claim
There are three ways to get started on your car accident case today to get the settlement you deserve. You can:
- Submit the Free Case Review Box on this page. An auto accident attorney will contact you shortly.
- Chat with our online live operator who will provide your information to our law firm
- Call 1-888-797-8787 any time of day to speak with an injury lawyer about your case.
Warning: There are strict time deadlines for filing Michigan car accident lawsuits. Call us today to learn more about the Michigan auto accident laws.