5 tips for choosing the best personal injury lawyer

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Perhaps the most important task you have after an accident with injury is choosing the personal injury lawyer in North Carolina who is right for you. After all, so much depends on it.

Here are some tips for selecting the best personal injury attorney:

  • Experience – It may seem obvious, but it’s crucial that you choose an attorney who has ample experience in investigating and analyzing all aspects of your claim. He or she will know exactly what to look for, where to find it, and knows that the minute details can make or break your case. Robert Armstrong has 32 years of experience in personal injury cases.
  • Area of focus – Some personal injury lawyers may specialize in big rig accidents, while others may focus on motorcycle or other types of motor vehicle accidents. It’s important that you pick an attorney who’s well-versed in the type of accident for which you have a claim. It’s said that about 95 percent of personal injury claims are settled without a judge or jury, so it’s key that your lawyer understands the many factors at play. A family mortgage attorney or a corporate litigator won’t cut it for these types of cases. Robert Armstrong has handled only personal injury cases for his entire 32-year career.
  • Reputation – Is your attorney well-known, or is your lawyer infamous? Your attorney’s reputation will factor heavily into dealing with insurance companies, other lawyers, judges and court officials. Someone who has been kicked out of courtrooms for bad behavior or doesn’t play nice with others probably isn’t the best lawyer to handle your case. You need someone who is well-respected with a track record of getting fair settlements for his or her clients.
  • Disciplinary record – How many complaints does your potential lawyer have against him or her? Has he or she ever been disciplined for actions or behavior while practicing? Has your attorney ever been suspended? Disbarred? You can typically find all of this information online in a searchable database.
  • Personality – He or she might be the best lawyer out there, but if you and your attorney don’t mesh well or can’t get along, then you might want to find someone else. Also, you need an attorney who is willing to return your phone calls and answer specific questions about your case. You don’t need to be best friends with your attorney, but you do need to have a good working relationship.

Hiring a personal injury attorney is a key step in recovering all the money you deserve after an experience as traumatic as an accident. Be sure to follow these steps in selecting the right attorney for you. If you or someone you love has been in an accident, contact Robert Armstrong’s office today for help.

31 replies
  1. Rachel Lannister
    Rachel Lannister says:

    Thank you for the amazing tips. A friend of mine was in a rear-ending accident and might need an attorney to help represent them. You wrote that you will want to choose an attorney that has a great reputation, as reputation will have a big part in how the lawyers, judges and other court officials view you. I’ll have to go online and research local attorneys and see if I can get a feel for their reputation there, so that my brother can work with someone that is well respected by the other law professionals in the area.

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  2. John Mahoney
    John Mahoney says:

    I agree with you in that it is important to choose a personal injury attorney who is respected. It makes sense that looking into this can help you make sure your case is handled by someone who knows the way to keep your best interests and help you get the help you need. Personally, I would want to make sure I consult with several attorneys and find one that has experience with cases like mine and who can provide the advice I need.

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  3. John
    John says:

    According to the article, an attorney’s reputation will play a big part into how your case goes since their relationship with judges and insurance companies will come into play. If this is the case, I feel like this would need to be near the top of my priority list when looking for a lawyer. I’ll be sure to pass the tip onto my sister-in-law who is looking for legal help on how she can get her insurance claim accepted for an auto accident she was involved in.

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  4. Tiffany Locke
    Tiffany Locke says:

    It’s great that this article mentions choosing an attorney who focuses on the type of accident for which you have a claim. This could be important to make sure they have the knowledge and skills necessary to help you. When choosing a personal injury attorney, you’d probably want to create a list of questions you have about your case and then meet with them so you can get their answers and compare them in order to choose the one that will be able to help you.

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  5. John Billows
    John Billows says:

    I had no idea that the reputation of the lawyer could have an effect on your personal injury case like you mention. The bigger name and more cases the lawyer has won might influence the insurance company to settle out of court for your case. I’ll have to do some research and find the most successful and big name lawyer in my town.

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  6. Ridley Fitzgerald
    Ridley Fitzgerald says:

    These are some good tips for choosing a personal injury lawyer. I like how you mentioned looking at their personality, and how you get along with them. If I were to work with a lawyer, I’d definitely want to have a good relationship with them.

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  7. Finley Moreira
    Finley Moreira says:

    I haven’t ever really considered that I ought to pick a personal injury lawyer that specializes in the field of which my case is in. My sister-in-law was recently injured in an auto accident, so does that mean she ought to go with a lawyer that specializes in just car accidents?

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  8. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you talked about the importance of choosing a personal injury attorney who knows how to handle cases like yours. I can see that taking the time to do a proper research can help you make sure you get the help you need with your claim. My dad got injured a few days ago and the insurance if giving him a hard time about his claim, so I’m glad I found your article about how to find a good lawyer.

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  9. LNweaver
    LNweaver says:

    That’s interesting that personal injury lawyers have even further specifications within hat field. I guess that’s just how complex law is. I got in an accident and my medical bills are really high; I think I’ll get a personal injury lawyer to make sure that everyone pays their share of the accident’s expenses.

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  10. Frank Delaware
    Frank Delaware says:

    Thank you for all this great information about choosing a personal injury lawyer! One thing that I never thought to look for is to find someone that is well-respected and has a track record of fair settlements. It would be nice to get a little bit of insight to their work, and how they performed in the past.

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  11. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    I agree with you in that it is important to make sure you find an attorney with whom you can get along. It makes sense that doing this can help you look forward to your meetings and trust that you are well cared for. As I see it, taking the time to look at online reviews and ratings can help you find the best attorney in your area that can hep with your specific case.

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  12. Kenneth Gladman
    Kenneth Gladman says:

    I like that you mentioned the importance of getting along with your lawyer. You want to be able to communicate effectively and work as a team. This can make all the difference throughout the process. I know this would be very important if I were to need a lawyer.

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  13. Afton Jackson
    Afton Jackson says:

    I didn’t realize how important it is to choose a personal injury attorney that focuses on cases similar to yours to ensure they can give you a better chance at a good settlement. My sister was recently in a car accident. Hopefully, these tips can help her find a legal professional that can help her get the funds needed to pay for her hip surgery.

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  14. Jane Ambrose
    Jane Ambrose says:

    One of my best friends was recently in a minor accident, but she is thinking she may need to get a personal injury attorney to make sure everything gets sorted out properly. I like that this article mentions that it’s important for an attorney to have a good reputation because that is definitely something that can indicate someone with good experience. It seems to me like the more information you have on a personal injury attorney, the more likely you are to like their services. I’ll be sure to share this with my friend while she looks for someone to hire!

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  15. Brynne Jones
    Brynne Jones says:

    I never took into account to consider the area of focus that a personal injury lawyer specializes in. It makes sense to hire someone that has experience in the type of accident for which you have a claim. My brother recently purchased a motorcycle but isn’t the safest when riding it. He might have to look into a lawyer that specializes in motorcycle accidents in the future.

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  16. Scott Adams
    Scott Adams says:

    It’s interesting that you talked about finding someone that is use to investigating every single aspect of a claim. I have been looking for a lawyer to help with my custody case, but I wasn’t sure how to choose one. I can see how it would be helpful to find someone that knows what to look for, would be more likely to help me get what I want.

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  17. Barbera Peters
    Barbera Peters says:

    My best friend was recently involved in a car accident and she ended up with some broken ribs and a pretty bad headache. I wanted to see how I could help her hire a lawyer since neither of us have ever needed one before. You mentioned in the article how a lawyer with a good reputation will weigh heavily into dealing with insurance companies, and judges. Thanks for the great tip. I will have to remember to find someone that is viewed well with the court systems.

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  18. Marcus Coons
    Marcus Coons says:

    It really helped when you mentioned how you need to find an attorney who has experience in all aspects of your claim. I can see that choosing someone like this can help you get the results you need and have a positive outcome. My uncle got hurt in a car crash a few days ago and we want to make sure we find the best attorney to help him recover and get the help he needs, so I’m glad I found your post.

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  19. Harper Campbell
    Harper Campbell says:

    I like how you pointed out that when it comes to finding a personal injury attorney, that one thing that we need to look for is someone that specializes in the type of accident that was experienced. It will be nice to have someone that it well-versed in this area, and hopefully will make this process go as smooth as a court case can. Hopefully, this will be easy to do and we will be able to find someone that will fit our criteria.

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  20. Max
    Max says:

    Something I hadn’t thought about looking for when it comes to a personal injury lawyer was their personality! I’m glad that you talked about being able to get along well with your personal injury attorney being important to your case, more so than getting the best lawyer out there. I’m going to have to keep that in mind while my wife and I look for a personal injury lawyer who can help us get compensated for a car accident that we were involved in last week! Thank you!

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  21. Ashley Turns
    Ashley Turns says:

    I like how you discussed that it would be a good idea to see what area of focus your personal injury lawyer has. The fact that 95% of personal injury claims happen without a judge makes it clear you have to find the exact right lawyer for you. My own father had to hire an auto accident attorney and he found that the best attorney for him was the one that understood all the facets in the case.

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  22. Sandra Hexner
    Sandra Hexner says:

    Thank you for all this great information about finding a great personal injury attorney! I really like your point about making sure the attorney specializes in my specific accident type and not just personal injury in general. My husband and I got in a wreck last week and thought we could do it without an attorney, but our injuries are much worse than we thought.

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  23. Scott Adams
    Scott Adams says:

    It’s interesting that you talked about how a lawyers reputation can affect your case, for good or bad. I have been looking for someone to represent me, but I wasn’t sure how to choose an attorney. I can see how it would be nice to find someone that the judges like, so I am more likely to get a fair deal.

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  24. Annika Larson
    Annika Larson says:

    My husband was recently involved in a cycling accident that left him with some serious injuries. We want to ensure that he has the right lawyer to represent him and his case in order to receive the compensation he deserves. Like you said, we will be sure to find someone that is well-versed in the type of accident for which we have a claim.

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  25. Ernest London
    Ernest London says:

    I like that you mentioned to find a lawyer who is well-respected and has a good track record. That way, you can feel confident that he will be able to handle your case based on his past successes. I am trying to find a lawyer to help me get compensation for my accident, and I want to choose the best. I will definitely be looking for these qualities, thanks for sharing.

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  26. Ashley Maxwell
    Ashley Maxwell says:

    I appreciate your comment about how you must know if the lawyer you are planning on hiring has ever been suspended or disciplined in court. Thanks for mentioning how your attorney should be able to openly answer any question and show you that you matter to him/her. My friend is looking into accident injury attorneys in case of an accident. We will keep these tips in mind.

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  27. Roger Middleton
    Roger Middleton says:

    I liked that you had mentioned that understanding the reputation of your lawyer can be important because you’ll want someone who is well respected. A friend of mine was involved in a serious car accident, and while she’s starting to recover, it could be up to a year before she is fully healed and she’ll be out of work until then. I’ll be recommending to her that she find an attorney that has a great reputation so that there aren’t any problems getting the settlement deserved.

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  28. Zachary Tomlinson
    Zachary Tomlinson says:

    Great tips! I especially like how you talked about checking experience and reputation while choosing a lawyer. I’m going to buy a car for my nephew, so I’ll share with him this useful information in order to be sure of his safety on the road.

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  29. Callum Palmer
    Callum Palmer says:

    An attorney’s reputation can be surprisingly important when it comes to choosing one, so it is great that the article brings that up. This is especially true if you are planning to hire an attorney to help you after an auto accident. After all, in that situation, you’d want an attorney with a well known reputation that can defend you against the other driver and the insurance companies.

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