So you've been in a bad crash and you realize that getting the insurance companies to do the right thing is not easy. You figure okay I'll get a lawyer but where do I find one and what are the qualities one needs in such a lawyer?
In our experience at Clark and Steinhorn, LLC, the number one search term that brings folks to our door is something along the lines of " car accident lawyer near me." Yes there are variations including "car crash attorney" or "personal injury lawyer near me" but the crucial search terms involve the legal area and near me.
For Laurel, Maryland you get us and a couple of other firms but with a couple of exceptions the firms that come up aren't anywhere near Laurel and are paying for the opportunity to pop up in such a search despite their location elsewhere. The problem with that is of course a firm in Baltimore or Greenbelt isn't especially convenient to people who live or work in Laurel.
So, do your due diligence and see where the firm you are considering is actually located. Once you have ascertained if the location works for you dig in to the Google reviews and see whether they seem authentic and whether the comments are indicative of a law firm that you feel you would like to work with.
If you feel a comfort level with the location and reviews, take the most important step and call the law firm. If you can speak to a lawyer do so. If not, see how long it takes to hear from an attorney. Bear in mind that if it takes a day or more to hear back, that may be how your calls will be dealt with if you are a client.
Speak to a lawyer. Make sure you are dealing with someone who knows how to handle the issues in your case and also that you have a comfort level asking the questions you need answered. Some clients feel a little intimidated by lawyers so find someone you can speak to comfortably.
Finally, lawyers are very busy so make sure you can reach out to the law firm's professional staff if your attorney is unavailable and you need information.