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Finding A Lawyer Following a Tampa Car Accident

Selecting the right Tampa car accident lawyer to represent you after you’ve been injured in an accident is one of the most important things that you can do to successfully move your case forward. If you’re buying a building to put a small manufacturing business in, you’ll want to work with a knowledgeable commercial real estate lawyer. When your manufacturing facility is ready to be up and running, you’re likely to need an effective transactional attorney. If you were injured, or you lost a family member in any type of accident, you’ll want an experienced and respected Tampa personal injury lawyer.

Do Your Research

There are many lawyers in the Tampa area who hold themselves out as personal injury lawyers, but when you start digging, you might find that they also practice in areas like criminal defense, divorce or even probate. You want a Tampa lawyer who focuses his or her practice solely on personal injury law and not an individual who knows a little bit of everything about major practice areas. An attorney representing you who has a practice limited to personal injury will be known to both insurance companies and their defense counsel. They’ll know that you’re serious.

The Initial Consultation

If an attorney wants a fee just to review your case, that should be a big red flag. You’ll want to interview with a Tampa personal injury attorney who offers potential personal injury clients free consultations and case reviews. You were injured as a result of the carelessness and negligence of somebody else. If you’ve been injured and out of work for weeks or months, the last thing you need is your lawyer insisting on more money from you to keep your case alive. If a quality Tampa personal injury lawyer agrees to be retained in your case, those costs should be advanced on your behalf.

The Retainer Agreement

In any personal injury case, you don’t want a law firm that will bill you hourly or by payment of a retainer upfront billed against an hourly rate.  Look for a flat contingency fee agreement. A usual and customary agreement would provide for the law firm being paid a sum equal to one-third of any sums derived by settlement or award. That law firm would advance all costs necessary to properly maintain your case. Those costs might include but not be limited to copies of medical records and bills, filing and service fees, court reporter and transcript fees and witness fees. If a lawyer isn’t prepared to advance those costs on your behalf, contact us to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation. We’ll be pleased to answer your questions, advise you of all of your legal options and tell you what we think we can do for you.

Get it in Writing

Florida law requires any contingency fee agreement to be in writing. If a lawyer refuses to provide you with a copy of a proposed contingency fee agreement, take a walk. Assuming that you do retain a Tampa personal injury lawyer to retain you on a contingency fee basis, make sure that you have a copy of your retainer agreement in hand when you leave that lawyer’s office. We make sure that our new clients have documentation of everything.

You’ll also want a personal injury lawyer who communicates with you and keeps you advised of the developments in your case. We recognize that responsibility and take pride in our efforts on maintaining client contact. Trust your gut. If you’re comfortable with a Tampa personal injury lawyer’s ethics, experience and personality, you’ve probably found a good match. You’ll find that match with us. Contact us today for your complimentary consultation.

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I have received nothing but the best service I can ask for from Mike Hancock’s office. He and his office are true professionals in every sense of the word. They guided me along the process and had outstanding communication. I am more than pleased with the services they provided, and I would definitely recommend them to anybody.

— Kayla Hamilton

From first to last interactions with attorneys Mike and Claire Hancock, to all the supporting staff and legals, the office has always been courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. They have always gotten right back with me when I had a question, and would not hesitate to highly recommend them.

—Debbie Smith

Absolutely fantastic! The Attorneys and its staff are very knowledgeable. Through my entire process they kept constant communication and the return of calls. I couldn't have made a better choice.Can’t say enough. Thank you, Mike and Gabby.

- L.C.

I want to express my thanks to you and your staff for handling my case. Your expertise and kindness in representing me was invaluable. Thank you so much for your professional and effective help. I won’t hesitate to recommend your firm to anyone who may need legal assistance

- J.M. of Tampa, Florida

I have no words to describe the wonderful experience that had been for me to do business with his legal firm . . . I really appreciate all the great effort that you guys put into my case.

- F.F. of Ocala, Florida

Heartfelt thanks to you for my check and for all your work for the extra check. I am so grateful to you. Appreciate everything very much! Special thoughts and prayers.

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Thanks for the awesome service. You both did so much work on this and I appreciate it very much. This is a great outcome.

- P.Q. of Palatka, Florida

Mike and his team are awesome, emails are always responded back same day and the chiropractor recommendation was great. I was in a small fender bender but was always treated as if my case was worth a million dollars. I recommend his firm 1,000% you won't be disappointed.

- Chris

Your unwavering commitment to my family, and the love and compassion you have shown by your actions, and not just words, have had a dramatic, unforgettable impact on us all. Your kindness and level headedness in your representation has helped us be able to live a decent and stress-free life from here forward.

- P.M. of Brooksville, Florida

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