Selecting A Personal Injury Lawyer

Mr. West has an unique philosophy on how an injured person should go about retaining a personal injury lawyer. This three-step process should be as follows:

1. Investigate the Law Firm and the Lawyer

Websites and other sources just start the process. Go to people whom you respect and find out what they have to say about the lawyer. Check with courthouse personnel and people with jury experience and see what they have to say about the lawyer who would be handling your claim.

Mr. West has tried hundreds of jury trials and has represented thousands of clients from the central Oregon area. They will have something to say about what type of lawyer he is.

2. Meet With the Lawyer and Determine How Qualified He or She May Be

Determine the lawyer's character, ethical standards and experience in handling this important injury claim. Try to determine if you can establish a rapport with the lawyer, since you will be relying totally on his or her advice for your injury claim now and into the foreseeable future when you continue to be impacted by your injuries. Ask the lawyer about their experience in representing injured parties, along with their jury experience.

Some lawyers claim to be personal injury attorneys with little if any trial experience. Would you have a complicated surgery by someone who has had little experience in the operating room?

The same applies to trial attorneys. Ask the lawyer if he or she will be the attorney, or will you be transferred to other lawyers or associates. How can a lawyer properly represent someone unless they have met with the lawyer many times over a long period to know how the injuries are impacting their quality of life.

3. Make the Decision to Retain the Lawyer in the Comfort of Your Own Home and Away From the Lawyer's Office.

Do not sign any retainer agreement until you have had a chance to do it in the comfort of your own home and have had the chance to talk with your family and friends. You should also have the opportunity to talk with other lawyers to see what is the best fit for you.

Remember if any lawyer wants you to forego this three-step selection process, ask yourself why since this procedure will give you the best information available in selecting a personal injury attorney.

Mr. West's No Pressure - No Cost Approach

Mr. West believes in a "no pressure - no cost" meeting with potential clients. When he meets with the injured person, he wants the potential client to be comfortable with him, and he will tell them to make their decision in the comfort of their own home and not in his office. He will not be asking you to retain his law firm and sign anything.

If a law firm wants you to sign anything at this initial meeting, you should question why is this necessary. This should not be like buying a car.

What to Expect at the Initial Meeting

This initial meeting is a two-way street where Mr. West has to determine if he is the right attorney for the potential client, and the potential client has to decide at home if he or she wants him as their attorney.

He will ask a lot of questions about you and your injuries, so he will know how the injuries are impacting your life and your lifestyle. He has met thousands of clients in the past, so the only way he can personalize your claim is to see you often and regularly.

How Mr. West Works With His Clients

Some lawyers rely a lot upon emails rather than meeting and talking with their clients and others. If this is what you want, Mr. West is not your type of lawyer. He believes in regularly meeting with clients so he can find out how they are doing and their problems, advise them and make sure they always know what is happening at the time it is happening.

The injured person should focus on getting well and following the instructions of their medical providers. The lawyer's job is to protect the client's legal rights and remove potential stressors, so the client can focus on getting well.

If Mr. West and you mutually agree to enter into a client-attorney relationship, he wants to be on a first-name basis with you, so you should call him Warren. Most clients become friends, and that is the way it should be.

Meet Mr. West and Learn More About Him. Find Out if He Is Right for You.

Find out if Mr. West is the attorney for you. Schedule a no risk free consultation with Mr. West by calling our office locally at 541-382-1955 . If you prefer, you can also reach our firm online by completing our contact form.