What Makes a Good Personal Injury Lawyer?

by Gregg Micah Hollander on Jul. 20, 2022

Accident & Injury Accident & Injury  Personal Injury Lawsuit & Dispute 

Summary: Consider this criterion that makes a good personal injury lawyer. It's critical to make the right decision when choosing an attorney for your injury case. This will ensure you maximize your compensation.

If you’re in the market for a personal injury lawyer in Florida, there’s a good chance you have a number of options to choose from. Most personal injury attorneys advertise themselves as “the best” or something to that effect – so how do you determine which lawyers will actually live up to that kind of standard once you hire them? 

Below, we’ll discuss three key criteria that make a good personal injury lawyer. 


Experience and Expertise in the Personal Injury Law Field

A good personal injury lawyer will have a verifiable track record of success. Most attorneys in Florida publish case results, client testimonials, and credentials on their websites. This information is useful, but it’s not everything. 


Lawyers will put their best foot forward on their website and only show you information that paints them in a favorable light. Be sure to check client reviews on other websites such as Google and Yelp as well. It wouldn’t hurt to look the attorney up on LinkedIn and legal directories like Justia or Martindale-Hubbell, either.


It’s important that the attorney has successfully represented a large sample of personal injury clients and that they’ve represented clients similarly situated to you. It’s not just about having experience but the right kind of experience.


Let’s say you’ve been injured in a boating accident off the coast of West Palm Beach. When looking for a personal injury attorney, make sure the lawyer has previously handled boating accident cases. Even better if the attorney specializes in that area of personal injury law.


You’re setting yourself up for a successful personal injury case when you choose an experienced attorney who has handled cases like yours before.


Transparency and Communication Throughout Your Personal Injury Case

Good personal injury attorneys will be transparent throughout the entirety of your attorney-client relationship. Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to discuss your case. This consultation is your first opportunity to meet the lawyer and hear about what they offer.


Most personal injury lawyers work on a contingency fee basis in the State of Florida, meaning you’ll pay nothing upfront for their legal services. The attorney’s payment will be a percentage of the financial award they obtain for you. 


During your consultation, the attorney should clearly communicate what they can do to help your case and should clearly articulate how the contingency fee arrangement will work, given the facts and circumstances of your situation.


This level of transparency and communication should remain for the duration of your case. The attorney should keep you apprised of your case’s status at your convenience, and you should feel comfortable contacting your attorney whenever you need to. 


Access to Resources During Your Personal Injury Claim Process

Preparation is critical when handling a personal injury case, and a good personal injury lawyer has all the resources they need to maximize their clients’ compensation. While the vast majority of cases in Florida will not reach trial, a good number will still at least make it to court.


Generally, an attorney will need to conduct an internal investigation to support your case. This is true whether or not your case reaches court. The lawyer should be able to allocate their time to carry out this investigation effectively.


When a case does reach court, each party will gather evidence from the other during the discovery process. Depending on the nature of the case, this process could be quite intensive. It’s important for the attorney to have a legal team alongside them to assist with this process to efficiently gather the information they need to prove your case.


If your case reaches trial, the attorney should have access to expert witnesses to testify on your behalf. They should also have a legal team alongside them to ensure your trial runs as smoothly as possible.


Good personal injury lawyers do not overextend themselves by taking on too many cases, and they have the necessary resources to put forth their best effort for each client they take on.


A Good Personal Injury Lawyer Puts You First

Choosing the right personal injury lawyer for your case is not easy in the Sunshine State. Keep the above considerations in mind during your search, and you’ll be well on your way to selecting an attorney who best fits your needs and can get the results you’re looking for. A good personal injury lawyer treats you more like family and less like a number on a spreadsheet. 


For legal help in South Florida, contact Gregg Hollander, a personal injury attorney representing accident victims in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale. As the founding attorney at Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers, he’s recovered millions in awards and settlements for his clients. Call today for a free consultation. 


West Palm Beach Office
Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers
319 Clematis St #203
West Palm Beach, FL 33401


Boca Raton Office
Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers
7000 W Palmetto Park Rd #500
Boca Raton, FL 33433


Fort Lauderdale Office
Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers
200 S.E. 6th Street #203
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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