But how do you find the right one? First, ask your friends, relatives and neighbors. If they had an experience--good or bad--with a St. Louis personal injury lawyer, then they are often your best resource. If no one you know has used a personal injury lawyer, then the process gets a bit more difficult.
You have seen the tv ads, billboards and buses, but that tells you nothing about the lawyer who will actually handle your case. It just tells you they can afford advertising.
Web sites may give you a better feel for a particular lawyer or law firm. While larger law firms have companies develop the web site content for them, smaller law firms actually draft the content on their web site by themselves. Read them. The content on lawyer web sites is important to the lawyer who wrote it and if that same content is important to you then you may have found a match.
Look for credentials. Good schools? Law Review? Experience handling the type of situation you are now in? Not all personal injury lawyers handle truck cases or medical malpractice cases. Not all personal injury attorneys have personally handled a multimillion dollar case. Some of the best known lawyers don't even handle cases at all.
Call a law firm. Is the staff professional? Is an actual lawyer available to speak with you right then? Are they answering your questions in a professional manner? You aren't always able to pick your doctor, but you are always able to pick your lawyer. If a large law firm pushes you off to a less experienced or less agreeable lawyer, you can always find a new lawyer.
Call us at 314-888-7888. We would be happy to meet you in person at your home or hospital if you can't come to our downtown Clayton office.