How do I find "the best" accident lawyer near me?
One of the first things that people do after a severe accident - whether a car accident, slip and fall accident involving a serious injury, or error in a hospital - is do a quick search for a lawyer "near me." We all do this, whether for restaurants, car ride services, tickets, bathrooms, etc.
In many cases the search will produce results based simply upon geographic proximity of the lawyer to your phone. And in some cases this may be enough.
If you are looking for a lawyer to help you with a simple problem, then by all means, look "near you."
But if you are in the early stages of researching a potential attorney or law firm for a complex problem, you may be doing yourself a disservice by limiting your investigation to the area "near you."
In fact, in today's world, it's not at all necessary to simply pick the first lawyer "near you" for help following an accident or severe injury. One of the hidden benefits to come from the COVID-19 pandemic is the ability to lawyers to represent clients throughout a state in which the lawyer practices. Court appearances are largely virtual, and meetings can often occur the same way.
Our firm, for example, has handled many cases (prior to and during COVID) across New York State and Vermont where we have represented severely injured individuals who lived no where near our offices. In several instances we have handled their matters successfully through settlement without ever having met in person in our office.
Face to face meetings are valuable, but when you are suffering life-altering consequences of an auto accident, slip and fall or hospital error, they are not as valuable as working with the best attorney for your situation. This may mean different things to different people, but experience, comfort level and skill set are critical factors in obtaining a positive outcome.
So if you're looking around for the "best accident lawyer near me", do yourself a favor and expand your search area.
If you have questions contact us today.