Interviewer: How do I choose the right personal injury attorney for my personal injury claim?
Reuben J. Doing, Esq.: In my opinion, the best way to choose a personal injury attorney is the time-honored, old-fashioned way, referral. Referral from someone else who either had an experience, and a good experience with a personal injury attorney, or a referral from a trusted friend who knows of a good personal injury attorney, or a doctor who’s treating you for your injuries, who may have had experience with that attorney in conjunction with treating a patient who is also being helped by that attorney.
Referral from another attorney that you know, for example, you may know an attorney who doesn’t do personal injury cases, but that attorney is likely to know of or have access to who the good personal injury attorneys are. I get referrals from other attorneys, I get referrals from clients, I get referrals from people that I know, I get referrals from doctors. I like to be…I’m happy to say that there’s actually a couple of judges who’ve seen my work in court who’ve actually given my name out. So, that I think is something that I can be quite proud of.
If you just cannot find an attorney through a referral source, nowadays I think a good way of doing it is by going online and seeing who you can find online through a Google search or something similar, through typing in the essential keywords, personal injury, premises liability or automobile attorney, and then the area where the accident happened, or where you’d like your attorney to be from or practice. But I’d say that the best way is word of mouth because that’s coming from somebody else who’s probably impartial. Once you’re doing it by going online or through the yellow pages, I mean, you’re just getting recommendations through that own attorney’s advertising.