The Houston personal injury legal industry is overwhelmed with competition and these lawyers spend quite a bit of their own financial resources gaining your attention. Real personal injury cases are grossly outnumbered by the amount of law firms that want to litigate or settle these cases for potential clients, and that combined with cash flow on a daily basis can put the client in the backseat when it comes to doing what is best for them to win the case.
Not all personal injury attorneys keep their client’s needs in the forefront, and this can turn into an issue where a settlement might take place to satisfy the less successful litigators short term need for cash flow. This is not an issue that is rampant, but it still occurs on daily basis across these United States.
It is normal to hire the first responding attorney to an accident victim’s call, this is usually from a combination of fear, and not knowing what to do when the insurance companies are in full attack mode after the accident occurs.
Simply take a few moments, or hours, and do some online research about the Houston personal injury firms in the area. The person who advertises the most on television is not necessarily going to be your best choice. The online reviews need to be gone over with a modicum of common sense, and let them help you determine whom you start interviewing to handle your legal claims.Additionally, to avoid the potential referenced above, look for a law firm that is financially stable and a firm that is able to give your case the personal attention it deserves. If you speak with the attorney and not a paralegal that is a good sign. If you feel like a number and not a client, this may not be a good fit for you.
In addition, the old tried and true method of checking with the local Better Business Bureau is a good starting point during your research phase. The Houston chapter of the BBB will have online profiles of all types of businesses in the Harris County area, and law firms are apart of this mix as well.
One of the best sources of information to evaluate a Houston personal injury lawyer is the Martindale Hubbell lawyer rating system. This system is superior to most of the other ones available to consumers because it is a “peer review” voted rating system. In other words, other lawyers in the community rate the attorney and do so on a blind basis. An AV rating is the highest rating available for attorneys and anyone with a serious injury or wrongful death claim should look first to the Martindale rating for an attorney who is AV rated.
Greg Baumgartner is a Houston personal injury lawyer and also the founder of the Baumgartner Law Firm which is located at 6711 FM 1960 West, Houston, Tx 77069, 281-587-1111. Follow us on Twitter @ texastriallaw or Google plus.