How to Choose a Personal Injury Attorney
Suffering a personal injury can be a stressful, overwhelming, and frightening time. That's why choosing the right personal injury attorney is so important. Here’s how to make an informed decision.
Use Your Network
Odds are, you or someone you know has needed an attorney for personal litigation, such as family law or another civil case, in the past. If you have hired a lawyer in the past and had a positive experience, then ask them if they recommend a personal injury attorney with similar values. In addition, ask trusted friends, family, and loved ones about positive or negative experiences they have had with certain attorneys to help narrow down the selection. With locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, we have connections across Louisiana and provide a personal touch to help Louisiana residents during what's often a very stressful time in their lives. We also provide complete transparency and availability for our clients, with our personal phone lines available 24/7.
Schedule a Consultation
You can only learn so much about someone based on their website and reputation. In order to get a sense of an attorney’s requirements, experience, fees, and areas of practice, we recommend scheduling a consultation. Be sure to take a list of questions along, including ones that pertain to relevant details about your case. Ask questions such as the attorney's experience or specialization with personal injury cases, how often they go to trial versus how often they settle, how heavy their caseload is, and how long they expect your case to take. In addition, pay attention to who you meet with at your initial consultation. If a paralegal or even a secretary takes and answers your questions, then it's very likely that the lawyer won't make the time to meet with you later. Here at Mansfield Melancon, you'll always work directly with our lawyers, and never with a paralegal or a case manager.
Listen to Your Gut
We have gut instincts for a reason. If you meet with an attorney and feel doubtful about their credentials, communication skills, or practice in any way, it’s perfectly reasonable to keep looking. You should feel comfortable and confident in knowing that your case will be handled by experienced professionals. Our attorneys are happy to meet with potential clients for a free consultation to ensure they feel comfortable with us before proceeding.
Having the right attorney in a personal injury case is not only important for your success but also your comfort. If you’re interested in meeting with any of the attorneys at Mansfield Melancon Cranmer & Dick, call (504) 500-1108 to schedule a free consultation today.