When an injured person, or the family of someone who has been killed as a result of an accident, is looking for a lawyer, we have always said there are three very important things to look for: FIRST, you must hire a lawyer who will file a lawsuit and take your case to court. There are many lawyers in the community who simply negotiate with the insurance company of the negligent party and take any settlement that is offered to them. Only those lawyers with the guts to turn down an unfair settlement offer and file a lawsuit can get you fair compensation for your injuries. Also, what is very important to us, is that by filing a lawsuit against a party who did something really wrong, and thereby holding that party accountable for their wrongdoing, you are shedding light on the wrong and you are preventing that party from harming others and committing the same wrong in the future. SECOND, you should not hire the lawyer who is the “Jack of All Trades.” You should hire the lawyer who is the master of personal injury law and who exclusively represents injured plaintiffs. Unless the firm is quite large, I would be very weary of a lawyer that has several practice areas unrelated to injuries. THIRD, hire a lawyer that will handle your case personally and will not treat you like just a another plank in the saw mill. If you can never reach your lawyer, if your lawyer has an assistant that only works on your case, or if the lawyer does not return your call, you should be careful because your case may not be getting the attention that it deserves.