After someone you love has been involved in an accident, figuring out how to find a good Colorado Springs personal injury attorney will seem like a burden. When you’re worried, making hospital visits and praying for recovery, legal research is obviously not going to be high on your to-do list.
But, like mom always says, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Just a little homework on the front end of your search should payout twofold at the very least. The primary result of your due diligence will be trustworthy legal counsel who can lift the burden from your shoulders. Additionally, you won’t be back to square one after your smarmy, fly-by-night attorney turns an already difficult situation into an even bigger disaster for you or your loved one.
Below are some tips, a cheat sheet if you will, for finding a Colorado Springs personal injury attorney quickly and with the least amount of hassle.
Ask around. A lot of people use the services of an attorney at some point in their lives. Begin your search for legal counsel by talking to your friends and family members. Have them tell you about any experiences they have had with an attorney or law firm. If they haven’t ever needed a personal injury attorney in particular, they may have a trusted family lawyer who they can provide a referral.
Don’t get overwhelmed. Starting at “A” in the phone book or doing a Google search for “lawyer” will provide you with as many lawyer options as there are flavors of toothpaste. Immediately narrow your search to three personal injury attorneys or law firms. Even if you throw a dart at the phone book three times to pick three of them out, it will keep you from getting overwhelmed waiting for returned calls or reviewing brochures and websites from dozens of them at once. Ideally, those conversations you’ve had with your friends will have already thinned the herd for you.
Go surfing. Do the lawyers on your list have websites? Can you send in a question or accident information from the site? Is there an email address listed? If so, send in a message. An attorney’s turnaround time for a reply will tell all you need to know about his or her attentiveness to client needs.
It seems very unlikely that none of the personal injury attorneys on your list will respond to your inquiry, provide you with a response that you’re comfortable with or have time to take on a new case. But if all three are, in fact, knocked out of your search, just start again at the beginning. Expand your chats to coworkers, neighbors, other parents at your child’s school, anywhere you can find a recommendation. There are many talented, experienced personal injury attorneys throughout the Front Range. You’ll find good legal help you need in no time–hopefully before you actually need it.