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My Number One Tip On How To Find The Right Personal Injury Lawyer

Don’t be surprised…

When you have to hire a personal injury lawyer it is because something bad has happened. So don’t make a bad situation worse by hiring  the wrong kind of personal injury lawyer (yes there is more than one kind of “personal injury” lawyer, and I don’t mean a good one vs. a bad one). I worked as a personal injury lawyer for 25 years and I thought it would be appropriate to start this blog (and the the first of many legal tips) with the best tip I can give you on how to find the right personal injury lawyer.

Tip No. 1: Use a Certified Lawyer Referral Service.

Let me use an analogy. If you had a broken arm, would you want it to be set by an orthopedic surgeon or by your family doctor? No brainer! The orthopedic surgeon is a specialist in treating broken bones and your chance of making a great recovery is much higher if your ortho fixes it. The same is true with lawyers, and especially personal injury lawyers. If you have an auto accident case, you don’t want a personal injury lawyer who primarily handles elder abuse cases to take it. But guess what? Many personal injury lawyers are hurting for business and if a decent auto accident case comes through their door (not literally) the elder abuse or medical malpractice “personal injury” lawyer is going to take it.  THAT’S BAD FOR YOU. That’s why you want to use a Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) that is certified by the California State Bar.  A good LRS will help you find the right kind of personal injury lawyer for your specific type of personal injury case.

What is a Certified Lawyer Referral Service?

  • They are private companies.
  • They have a special referral certification from the California State Bar.
  • They are required to pre-screen their lawyers.
  • They require their lawyers to have legal malpractice insurance.
  • They must meet standards established by the California Supreme Court.
  • They can refer you to a lawyer specializing in the field of law you need.

Are all Certified Lawyer Referral Services the same?

No. There are approximately 130 Certified Lawyer Referral Services in California. You can find information about them on the web site of the California State Bar.

Let me use my doctor analogy again. If you needed to hire an orthopedic surgeon, you would want one from an orthopedic group that treated all types of orthopedic injuries, like broken arms, hip replacements, back surgery, etc. because the orthopedic group will have many orthopedic doctors with various specialities within the field of orthopedics. You wouldn’t want your ortho from a small hospital with one “jack-of-all-trades” orthopedist.

The same can be said for LRS’s.  You want to find a LRS that specializes in one field of law and has many specialists within that particular field of law.

Bottom line, before you hire a personal injury lawyer, DO YOUR RESEARCH!