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5 Tips to Help You Find Your Personal Injury Lawyer

Welcome to the second blog in my series called “Choosing a personal injury lawyer”. Today, I look at how to find your personal injury lawyer—the one who is right for you. In my first blog in this series, I answered the question: Why do you need a personal injury lawyer?

So how do you find the right personal injury lawyer for you?

You can approach finding your personal injury lawyer in much the same way you would approach finding any specialist. Try the following 5 tips. As you look for a personal injury lawyer, jot down the name, phone number, and website address of the personal injury lawyers that interest you.

1. Use your network

Ask the people you trust in your personal network for references. Your personal network includes relatives, friends, and work colleagues. Your extended personal network includes the people they know.

If you have used a lawyer for other reasons, such as a real estate transaction or writing a will, you may want to ask for a reference to a personal injury lawyer.

Remember, to achieve maximum fair compensation for your injury, you are looking for a personal injury lawyer, not a good lawyer who occasionally takes on personal injury cases. See my blog Why do you need a personal injury lawyer? on this point.

2. Check law society records

In Alberta, you can find out if a personal injury lawyer is in good standing on the Law Society of Alberta website. You can search the website’s lawyer directory and also find information about any disciplinary hearings and outcomes.

3. Use the Internet

Try some standard web searches.

  • Go to your favourite search engine and enter a term specific to the type of injury or accident you experienced plus a term like “personal injury lawyer”. Add your location for more accuracy. For instance, your search term might be “spinal cord injuries Edmonton personal injury lawyer”. Your search results will show a series of advertisements followed by websites of lawyers who deal with this type of injury.
  • If you have already identified possible lawyers, search using each lawyer’s name and a term specific to type of injury or accident you experienced. For instance, if you are searching for me and you have a TMJ jaw injury, your search term could be “joseph nagy tmj jaw injury”. If you were injured in an auto accident and maybe aren’t sure of your injuries yet, you could try searching for “joseph nagy auto accident”. You can also add the location to be sure you get the right lawyer, e.g. “joseph nagy auto accident Edmonton”.

4. Review the lawyer’s website

Your Internet searches should give you the websites of two or three personal injury lawyers you want to consider. Review the website of each personal injury lawyer you are considering to learn more about who they are and their practices. My next blog, “5 Guidelines to Help You Choose Your Personal Injury Lawyer”, will include tips about the kind of useful information you may find on a lawyer’s website.

5. Contact the personal injury lawyer

Once you have narrowed your search for a personal injury lawyer down to one or two candidates, it’s time to contact them directly. You will probably have chosen lawyers who offer free consultations. The lawyer’s website should have a contact form and a phone number. Ask for a free consultation.

In a later blog, I will discuss more fully the kinds of questions to ask during a free consultation to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from the personal injury lawyer’s time.

My next blog in this series will be “5 Guidelines to Help You Choose Your Personal Injury Lawyer”.

Can you think of other tips for finding a personal injury lawyer? I hope you will share your comments and feedback below!

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About the Author:

Joseph A. Nagy
My name is Joseph A. Nagy. I am an Edmonton personal injury lawyer. I provide injury law services to people who have been injured in Edmonton and throughout central and Northern Alberta. I have successfully resolved thousands of personal injury cases. If you have suffered a personal injury and need the help of a proven, experienced personal injury lawyer, I invite you to complete the contact form on this page or call me at 780-760-4878 to arrange a free consultation.

52 Comments

  1. Hannah December 18, 2015 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    These are really helpful tips here. Reviewing the online presence of a lawyer your considering is a great way to get a glimpse at their style. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Breck Lewis January 7, 2016 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I really like how you mentioned that, “Ask the people you trust in your personal network for references.” I agree that networking is the best way to find a good attorney because they are reliable sources. I was in a car accident and really need to find a lawyer to defend me. Thanks for sharing because I will definitely follow these tips.

  3. Phillius Thomas January 7, 2016 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Indeed, as Hannah said in the comment above, looking at the lawyers site can help you understand what they are about. Even better though, is to look at reviews for them. Most of the reviews are going to tell you who they are and what they do, while the others are usually the extremes that don’t tell you anything.

  4. Jennifer Andrews January 11, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    I agree that you should use your network to find a lawyer. When looking for my divorce lawyer I had a great recommendation and it worked out well. When talking to people with experience in cases you want to know who was good and who wasn’t.

  5. Malek February 8, 2016 at 3:09 am - Reply

    Nice post, but w it comes to filing a injury claim, we have options. Because we know that deciding whether to settle a personal injury lawsuit out of court over taking the case to trial is a major decision that should not be made lightly. Some individuals would just as soon settle the matter quickly, but all are not equal.

  6. emily bennette February 11, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Joseph, these are some really good tips on how to find a good injury lawyer. It can be hard to know what to look in one because most of the time people don’t get into a situation where they need one. So, I liked your tip about looking at the lawyers website and seeing if that lawyer will be a good fit for you.

  7. Gaston Parizeau February 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    It is very true that the internet can be a great resource when searching for a lawyer, as the article suggests. I sometimes find myself trying to remember how we ever got things like this done before the internet, and it’s hard to imagine going back. The internet should generally not be the only resource used, but it is certainly one that makes the process easier.

  8. Tara Jones February 22, 2016 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    I like your suggestion to check out information from a law society! Since it’s their professional association I feel like it should be a really reliable source of information. Once I compile my short list, I’ll head to their website and see what they have to say about the lawyers I’m interested in. Thanks for the advice.

  9. emily bennette February 22, 2016 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Joseph, these are some really good tips on finding a personal injury lawyer. Most of the time people don’t have to look for something like this on a regular basis. So, I liked your tips on going to the internet and reviewing lawyers websites. That does seem like a good thing to do before calling the lawyer.

  10. STEELE HONDA February 23, 2016 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you for the post Joseph! I learned a lot about how to find a good Personal Injury Lawyer. I like how you suggested to,”Ask the people you trust in your personal network for references. Your personal network includes relatives, friends, and work colleagues. Your extended personal network includes the people they know.”. I have always gone to my friends and family for help when I need to hire somebody and they have never failed me when they give me their references.

  11. Rachel Finn February 24, 2016 at 9:17 am - Reply

    A lawyer’s website can be a source of some information about the practice, but I don’t feel like it should be the only source. People can put whatever they want to on their websites. I would definitely want to use referrals, the Bar Association, and other sources as well.

  12. David Hawkins February 25, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

    I am a big fan of reviewing a lawyer’s website these days. Having a great site with all their information on hand is a great way to find out exactly what you need. It can also specify the lawyer’s specialty so that if you need, say, a personal injury lawyer, you can figure out if this lawyer is exactly what you need. Thanks for posting this great info on how to find a lawyer.

  13. Tobias Armstrong March 14, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I didn’t know that you could check law society records. I like the idea of being able to know the record of any lawyer that I want to hire, so I’m open to any ideas for getting that information. I guess it’s the same thing with the internet. The more information you have, the better. Thanks for the tips!

  14. Pancho March 16, 2016 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Finding a personal injury lawyer is a pretty easy thing now a days, but finding the right one may not be as easy. Like the list says, you should use the internet and find some lawyers online and read their websites. Most lawyers who try to be serious will have a professional website.

  15. Hazel Adams March 22, 2016 at 10:08 am - Reply

    It is interesting for me to learn a little bit about how to find a great personal injury lawyer. I have a friend who is completing law school and is wanting to do that with her law degree. I think that it is important to have clear communication with which ever lawyer you choose.

  16. Jen Pack March 22, 2016 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    A friend of mine was recently involved in a car accident that unfortunately left her with many injuries. She has been stressed about how she is going to get through it all so I am really glad I ran across this article. I like how you point out that personal injury lawyers help people just like her and it is easier than one would think to find a good lawyer. I like the tip you give of using your network and asking people for referrals. I will be sure to pass this on to my friend!

  17. emily bennette April 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm - Reply

    Joseph, this is some really good information about personal injury lawyers. It seems like it would be a very good idea to do that after a car crash, especially if you got hurt. That way the process of getting your case started as quickly as possible.

  18. Nash Rich April 8, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

    I think doing your research is the best way to find the right lawyer for you. I agree that using your network ans asking around is a great way to start. Your friends and family aren’t going to recommend someone they don’t think is good.

  19. Hazel Owens April 12, 2016 at 9:57 am - Reply

    I like your tip to contact any potential lawyers and ask for a free consultation. That’s probably the best way to get to know if the lawyer will be the right fit for you. During the consultation, you can assess their personality and professionalism and compare them to any other lawyers you consulted with to find the best match for you. Thanks for the article.

  20. Braden Bills April 13, 2016 at 7:10 am - Reply

    I think it’s a good idea to make sure you put extra care into who you choose to be your lawyer. It’s a good idea to check law society records to see if the lawyer is in good standing. It’s not a bad idea to check the internet, too! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Richard Ashton April 29, 2016 at 4:17 am - Reply

    Point number 1 is great advice, keeping things in your personal network is a great way to get real referrals from people you trust and have overall had a positive experience, i will defiantly be coming back here in future Joseph, thanks for sharing.

  22. KavithaPanicker May 13, 2016 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Really you share very useful information about Accidents and Injuries lawyer. I hope in future you write more lawyer blog.

  23. Wade Joel May 24, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    One of my co-workers just got into a bike accident just a couple of weeks ago. I think that my co-worker could really benefit from getting a personal injury lawyer because I think they would get her the best deal possible and make sure she is taken care of. I think I will pass along these helpful tips to her so she can make a better-informed decision.

  24. Kenneth Gladman May 25, 2016 at 4:40 pm - Reply

    I like that you mentioned using your network. Ask friends and family members, people you trust, if they have used a lawyer before. I would also find someone you can get along with. You may be working with them for awhile.

  25. Duque Law May 26, 2016 at 7:32 am - Reply

    Finding a perfect personal injury lawyer is not a very easy task. You got the best five tips to go with, specially number four tips to review the lawyer website. Reviewing the website and the information you can see his/her success rate of cases and it will must help you to understand his/her trust value. However very nice tips and experience.

  26. Lillian Moore June 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm - Reply

    I like the suggestion to review the lawyer’s website. This is a great tool to help get to know what the lawyer is like and how they can help you with your legal goals. I like to look through their reviews as well to see who has used their help and what that help consisted of. I appreciate your tips in picking a lawyer. Thanks!

  27. Aria Wellington June 9, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Using the internet is definitely one of the easiest ways to find a great lawyer. I really like your tip about narrowing it down to one or two candidates before you contact them. In case of an auto accident, it might be a good idea to contact an attorney in case things get messy.

  28. Braden Bills June 15, 2016 at 7:51 am - Reply

    I think it’s important to make sure that you get a good lawyer. This is especially true if you’ve been involved in some kind of accident! That way you can be certain that you get compensated for everything. Thanks for sharing!

  29. Bob Lowe June 20, 2016 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the post. I really like the idea to review the lawyers website. That can give you a lot of great information about what kind of services they can provide. I think once you feel like they can be a good fit than it is important to meet with them.

  30. Kendall Everett June 21, 2016 at 11:47 am - Reply

    I loved your suggestion to review the lawyers website. Finding out as much as you can about them before you meet them can help you come up with questions to ask during the interview. Looking up reviews for that lawyer can help you in deciding to go with them or not.

  31. Marie Watson June 24, 2016 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    Thanks for putting some tips together for hiring a personal injury lawyer. You make a good point about how important it is to review a lawyer’s website. I would think that it is important to do some research on the attorney you want to hire. It seems like that is a good way to make sure they have a good reputation. I would think that it could also be smart to ask for references when you contact them, so you can be sure that their clients have been satisfied with the outcomes of their cases.

  32. Nichola June 27, 2016 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Hey!
    Great tips on how to choose your personal injury lawyer.
    People should aware about this fact.
    Thank you for sharing..

  33. Jack Mulligan July 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    Great idea to check the internet for the right kind of lawyer. I’ve noticed that with the abundance of law firms in my area there comes a lot of specialty lawyers. I think it’s good to make sure you choose someone who specializes in the kind of case you have if you can. Great tip!

  34. Simon Brooks July 8, 2016 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I agree, contacting the lawyer directly is an absolute must when you’re trying to find one to work your personal injury case. It’s also great that the article reminds readers to only choose attorneys who offer free consultations. After all, you want to use these consultations to figure out whether or not the attorney thinks you have a valid personal injury case and whether or not they’re worth your time.

  35. Kendall Ryder August 3, 2016 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I like using the internet to look up reviews. That way I can get an idea of what the individual is like. I think it should be even more important than normal to make sure you pick the right person when choosing an attorney. You want someone who knows what they are doing!

  36. Lauren Woodley August 3, 2016 at 8:43 am - Reply

    I definitely agree that you should review the lawyers website! This is where the important information like certifications and pricing are located. Plus, their website might give reviews that could be helpful to you while you’re deciding as well. Thanks for the great insight!

  37. Kendall Everett August 4, 2016 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    Checking the lawyers website before hiring them is a great idea. A good website will include each attorney in the firm as well as what exactly they do. If they have a good website, that will help you to know they are professional and their business is doing well.

  38. Millin & Millin Attorneys September 7, 2016 at 5:12 am - Reply

    This article delivers some top things to look for when picking an injury lawyer. I am looking to read more post from you Joseph. Thanks for sharing this helpful article.

  39. Johnny McCarron December 15, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    I like your advice to use your network. It seems to me that a lot of people don’t understand why it is important ask for references when you are trying to find a lawyer. You want to be sure that you are doing what you can to make the right legal decision. And, if you are looking for help and experience, you should be able to find someone good.

  40. JoshQ January 16, 2017 at 6:33 am - Reply

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  41. Tiffany Locke January 25, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    Searching for a lawyer online and adding your location for more accuracy seems like a good way to find someone who will be helpful to your case. The internet is also a good way to do research into the different lawyers you’ve chosen. I would imagine that finding one in your area and doing your research on how they practice is a good way to find someone who you can work well with and who will best fit your case.

  42. Daryl January 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Find out about what kind of verdicts they have had prior to your case. You want a good percentage of wins and settlement amounts. BTW, I like your tips, it has a lot of good points. Keep it up.

  43. Daryl March 16, 2017 at 11:29 pm - Reply

    Hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent you in a legal matter is a very important decision that should not be made without due consideration. The given tips here should be considered by people who’ve experienced this kind of event in order to find a good and trustworthy lawyer that will help you to win the case. Do your research and get referrals from trusted friends, sometimes the best lawyers are just a referral away. BTW, nice post here. Keep it up 😉

  44. Schiffrinpa April 11, 2017 at 7:50 am - Reply

    Nice post shared!!
    This article has give me very helpful tips about finding personal injury lawyer. Thank you for sharing such informative post. It is very useful to hire a lawyer who can fight for our rights.

  45. Ivy Baker May 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    This is some really good information about personal injury lawyer. Personally, I would be worried if I had to find a lawyer by myself. I liked that you pointed out that you should google the lawyer you are thinking about hiring. Using the internet to see if a lawyer is good is a simple solution and would be something I would think about after calling a bunch of law firms.

  46. Jade Brunet May 31, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Using the internet would be a helpful thing to do when finding a personal injury lawyer. I like what was said about modifying your search to find lawyers who have experience in cases like yours. Speaking with past clients would be a good idea to discover just how their cases played out.

  47. Personal injury attorney dallas July 20, 2017 at 5:49 am - Reply

    You have given very interesting points for finding the personal injury lawyer to represent your case .It’s very important to talk with every lawyer before deciding whom can be the best one to represent you and your case. Thank You!!

  48. Jane Ambrose July 31, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

    One of my best friends recently was in a small accident, and she is wondering if it would be beneficial for her to hire a personal injury attorney. I’m glad I came across this article because I hadn’t thought about how important it is to find a lawyer who specifically works with personal injury. In my opinion, this seems like a much better option than someone who has had a case like my friend’s once or twice. I’ll be sure to share this with her.

  49. Rosie Beckett September 9, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    During the consultation with the lawyer, it would be smart to have a list of any and all questions you can think of. That way you can make sure you get all your questions answered, and you can actually see if you enjoy the lawyer and like the answers you received. It can be difficult determining if you actually like the lawyer if you don’t meet with them. If you can’t meet with them, it would be smart to talk over the phone with the same list of questions you have!

  50. Jamie Butler September 11, 2017 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Good overview and advice – we recommend many of the same for potential clients seeking a personal injury lawyer here in Vancouver – it’s good to see Edmonton well-represented there. Having such a checklist in hand when you go for your initial interview is so helpful, we can’t always think of or anticipate for everyone’s situation, especially if time is limited to 30 minutes during a free case evaluation and so on. This ensures that questions that are important to the client get answered and allow them to make the best choice for them going forward.

  51. scott September 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    I like that you recommend to review the lawyer’s website. This is a good way to get a feel for how they operate. It might also be a good idea to visit their office before your appointment.

  52. Bobby Saint October 13, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I couldn’t agree more when you mentioned about using your network to find the best possible attorney available who can assist you. Your friends or family may be able to recommend someone whom they probably have worked with in the past. If I were to hire the services of a personal injury lawyer, I would also do the same. Thanks.

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