Being injured in an accident can cause you a great deal of stress and worry. You may have to deal with healing from injuries, wrangling with insurance companies and fixing property damage – all at the same time. You also may have to worry about finding the right attorney to give you legal assistance. While it may be tempting to choose the most “famous” lawyer, it’s usually best to find a local personal injury attorney. Following are a few reasons why.
Having an attorney with offices nearby makes it much easier to communicate with them in person. You may need to meet with your lawyer multiple times over the course of your case – and may also need to go to their office to provide evidence such as documents, photos, medical bills, etc. Having an attorney located out of town can make this difficult.
Knowledge of Local Courts
An experienced local attorney will have a great deal of knowledge about the local courts, judges, other attorneys and people involved with the legal system. In addition, personal injury laws and guidelines vary by state and region – so a local attorney will be familiar with all of the laws that apply in your area.
Knowledge of Local Resources
In addition to being familiar with people directly involved in local court proceedings, an experienced local attorney can sometimes recommend other resources that may be helpful to you – such as support groups, physical therapists, home health services, etc. A good attorney will have made numerous contacts over the years that can prove helpful to you.