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How to find a good personal injury attorney in Florida

Let’s be honest - there are literally thousands of attorneys in South Florida. For the consumer, this is good and bad news. The good news is that there are plenty to choose from, however, the bad news is that it makes it a challenge to filter out the ‘good’ from the ‘bad’. Whether you are looking for a Plantation personal injury attorney, or a different type of attorney for a different area, the advice below is relevant for all areas of law in Florida.

What makes a good personal injury attorney?

Ultimately, you want an attorney who is going to give you good advice and get you a good outcome. No attorney can guarantee they will win your case - or get you the outcome you want - however, some attorneys are more likely to succeed than others. The factors that determine this are usually experience, education, work ethic, and time. Attorneys who have experience and education in the area of law in question are more likely to understand the law and subsequently provide more sound legal counsel. However, education and experience alone are not enough - attorneys also need to take the time to work hard on your case. As the saying goes, you reap what you sow, and the same is true in the world of law.

So how can I find a good Personal Injury Attorney in South Florida?

There are many tools available which can help you to find a good attorney. We have listed them below:

1. Florida Bar “Find a Lawyer” Search Tool

The Florida Bar is a very reliable place to find attorneys. The site only lists attorneys who are qualified and certified to practice in Florida. Even if you find a lawyer on another site, it’s a good idea to check they are listed here too! View The Florida Bar “Find a Lawyer” Search Tool.

2. The Attorney List as part of your Insurance

If you are a member of any legal insurance policies or organization, such as ARAG, is likely that you are eligible for free (or discounted) legal services through the attorneys attached to this policy. As with any insurance, the purpose of it is to pay smaller fees now to protect yourself against the chance of larger fees later on. The type of insurance is specifically for covering attorney fees. For example, attorney Rafael Gonzalez is an approved ARAG attorney in Plantation.

3. Private Online Directories

There are several online directories which are run by private companies at a profit. Despite positioning their clients (attorneys who pay them) at the top of their listings, they can still be a useful tool to find and compare lawyers. Such sites include:

4. Testimonials and Word-of-Mouth

Unless the lawyer is fresh out of law school, it is likely that several other people have used his/her services before. These people often post their feedback / reviews online. Be sure to check them out, as they may offer valuable insight into the type of service you are likely to receive. You may also find some “offline” feedback in terms of word-of-mouth. Of course, some individuals may have a one off experience, however if two or more people say similar things, then there could be some truth in their feedback.

5. No win, no fee

One way to ensure that your attorney is confident of his/her own abilities if if he/she is offering a “no win, no fee” arrangement. In other words, if the attorney does not win your case, then he/she will not get paid. This is a great risk management strategy from the consumer’s perspective, because it ensures that you do not risk paying expensive legal services with nothing to show for it.

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Meet Atty. Rafael Gonzalez

Attorney Rafael A. Gonzalez received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law. 

While at the University of Miami, Mr. Gonzalez earned a judicial clerk position with the Honorable Judge Shelley Kravitz of the County Court House for Miami Dade County and took part in one of the largest product liability litigation cases in the United States. The case, Engle v Liggett, was against tobacco companies and resulted in a 145 billion dollar award to the plaintiffs. 

Mr. Gonzalez earned his stripes working with firms in Downtown Miami and Hialeah, Florida as a civil attorney. In 2010, Mr. Gonzalez joined forces with other civil litigators as a partner in the law firm of Freeman, Mallard, Sharp and Gonzalez specializing in motor vehicle accidents.

Read more about him here.
May 16, 2018
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