- Get a referral from a lawyer you know. If you don’t know any lawyers and if you need an attorney in an area of practice that we don’t handle, call us. I will help you find the right lawyer for your case.
- The Yellow Pages can be helpful. Be aware that not all lawyers advertise in the yellow pages. Most of my firm’s cases come from attorney referrals and from satisfied former clients. Watch out for ads that claim too many specialties and the potential for “jack of all trades” lawyers. Full page ads are very expensive and may generate a lot of cases for the firms who pay for them. Ask questions to find out if the lawyers in that firm are buried in too many cases or if an army of paralegals does most of the work. Your case deserves priority with a lawyer who is intimately familiar with the facts. Don’t become a file in the pile.
- Interview several lawyers. Ask them for the names of other attorneys who handle cases like yours. If they don’t know or won’t tell, this is a warning signal. Ask the lawyer if he or she has a book like this one or a website with similar information so you can learn more about his or her background, experience and the manner in which your case will be handled.
- Be careful of lawyers who pressure you to sign a fee agreement or send a courier to you within hours of your call to them. This is unbelievable. If you are in the hospital and contacted by a “runner” who listens to police radio and runs to accident scenes and hospitals to encourage you or a family member to sign a contract, this is prohibited. This unethical conduct can and should get the lawyer disbarred. If you are contacted by an uninvited “runner” in the hospital or your home within 30 days of the accident, please call the Colorado Supreme Court – Attorney Regulation Counsel at 303-893 8121 and report the conduct.
- Beware of any lawyer who tries to direct you to certain doctors for your treatment. This isn’t always bad but does take on the appearance of lawyer-directed medical care. Not all lawyer referrals for medical care are bad. A lawyer may know specialists in fields such as orthopedics, physiatry, or pain medicine that can not only help your case but, more importantly, help you get better. However, if the lawyer has a list of chiropractors she routinely sends clients to, run away.
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