Only you can decide the best attorney for your case. The decision is highly personal and can a big difference with your satisfaction level.
First, you should decide whether or not you would like a large law firm or small law firm to handle your case. For some people, a small firm is preferred. In my office I am the only attorney. Therefore when you have an issue or concern, you know that I will be the person in charge of your case. I will attend your hearing, depositions and have the ultimate responsibility for your matter.
Some people prefer a large law firm. They like the aura of having many attorneys in the firm and believe that a large firm can do more for them than a smaller firm. In a large firm, you may be dealing with different attorneys on different days or at different stages in your case. Some clients believe that is helpful to a case and others would prefer knowing who is handling the case at all times. If this is a concern, it is always best to ask at the time of your initial consultation how many attorneys will be handling your particular matter.
In determining who would be the best attorney for your case, another question to ask at the initial consultation is how you will be kept informed about your case. Some firms prefer clients who want their case on autopilot; who will let the firm handle the case, not ask many questions, and hope for the best result.
Other clients believe that it is important to have an attorney that is accessible and can answer relevant questions as the case progresses. They believe being informed about the status of their case is of the utmost importance. Doing your best to investigate how a law firm operates on a day-to-day basis will go a long way in helping you to choose the best attorney for your case.
Another factor may involve whether or not your attorney represents both insurance companies and injured workers. While our firm represents only the injured worker, many firms represent both insurance companies and injured workers. Many clients don’t feel comfortable retaining an attorney who actually represents insurance companies on other matters. This is a personal decision but it is always a good question to ask before retaining an attorney.
Finally, your “gut feeling” can play a large roll in deciding whether or not to retain a particular law firm or attorney. After speaking with an attorney on the phone or attending a face-to-face consultation, you will probably have a good idea whether or not that attorney is best for your case.