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In such a highly saturated market, it can be overwhelming to find the best personal injury lawyer for your case, especially if you or a loved one has recently been involved in an accident.
Our team at Cavanaugh & Thickens is here to make the legal process seamless for you, so you can focus on recovering physically, financially, and emotionally from an accident in South Carolina. Finding the right lawyer for your case is the first step to your road to recovery. Here is our list of 5 steps to follow when hiring a personal injury lawyer.
Reading firm reviews can help you understand what it’s like to be a client at that firm. Take note of which reviews stand out to you – are they talking about communication, friendliness of the staff, knowledge of the attorney? Reading client reviews can be a great first step when choosing a personal injury attorney and finding out what’s important to you.
Also, the best referrals may come from friends or family. We are proud of the fact that many of our clients are referred to us by clients and attorneys.
When you think of a personal injury lawyer, the terms “TV lawyer” and “ambulance chasers” may come to mind. Sometimes, these high-volume firms don’t offer consultations with an attorney, and you may not even speak directly with the attorney assigned to your case. While these firms certainly exist and work for some people, they do not accurately reflect every personal injury firm.
At Cavanaugh & Thickens, you work directly with the attorneys assigned to your case. Also, your attorney and paralegal will regularly communicate with you to give you case updates and answer any questions you have.
In your first consultation with the attorney, ask if he/she will take your case to court if need be. While many personal injury cases settle outside of court, your attorney must be comfortable and willing to take your case to court if they can’t reach a fair settlement on your behalf. If an attorney is unwilling to take a case to court, then it might be in your best interest to keep searching.
Each personal injury attorney in SC and beyond will focus their practice on certain types of cases. Make sure you speak to an attorney from the law firm you are considering and ask them about their experience with cases like yours.
Once you narrow your search and begin speaking with a lawyer, you should make sure to ask them some important questions. These may include:
How the lawyer responds to these questions will help you better understand how your case will be handled at that particular firm.
If the accident occurred in Columbia or another city in South Carolina, we recommend scheduling a free consultation with our award-winning legal team to see how we can help you. Give us a call whenever you’re ready at (803) 888-2200 or schedule one online.
Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different and must be evaluated based on its own particular facts and merits.
Author: Joseph O. Thickens
Joe is a founding member, partner, and personal injury attorney at Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC. He has previous experience working at a defense firm where he focused on personal injury cases including auto accidents, slip and falls, defective products, truck accidents, and more. In addition, Joe has handled numerous cases involving insurance coverage and bad faith. He uses this experience to assist individuals whose claims have been denied or who have received lowball settlement offers from their insurance companies.