How to Find an Injury Lawyer:
8-Step Guide for Injury Victims

Written by Joseph A. Nagy, Edmonton Injury Lawyer

Look for a qualified personal injury lawyer that is right for you.

You have been injured in an accident. If your situation isn’t so urgent that you have to call an injury lawyer immediately, then you are going to do some research. This guide is for you.

You want the best qualified injury lawyer you can find to represent you. You probably want an injury lawyer whose practice is exclusively or almost exclusively injury law. You want an injury lawyer with experience, someone who can weigh the specific evidence from your accident and resulting injury, who knows the case law specific to your case, who gets how you feel and knows your questions and concerns are, who knows what to do to help you, who can handle insurance companies and their lawyers and make sure you get fair compensation, who will fight for you and has the team and financial resources to support you until your claim is resolved.

Word Cloud showing the characteristics needed in an injury lawyer

1. Use your network to find a personal injury lawyer

Your network is made up of the people you know and the people they know.

  • Ask the people you trust in your personal network (your relatives, friends, and work colleagues) if they have used injury lawyers. Would they recommend anyone?
  • Then ask if they know people who have used injury lawyers and what their experience was like.

Your network may give you a couple of recommendations to begin your research. Searching online is an easy next step.

Ask your network, like the one shown here, for recommendations for an injury lawyer, Joseph A. nagy, Injury Lawyer

2. Search online to find a personal injury lawyer

Try some standard web searches.

  • Be sure to check out the websites of the injury lawyers recommended by your network. But it’s also a good idea to search for other injury lawyers online.
  • Start with a general search. Enter a term like “injury lawyer [your location]”. Smaller communities don’t necessarily have injury lawyers, so substitute in the name of a large city near you, such as “injury lawyer Edmonton” . Keep the page with the results open and start a new search on another browser page.
  • Now, search for the injury you experienced. Your search term might now be “spinal cord injury lawyer Edmonton”. Again, keep the page with the search results open.
  • Next, search for the type of accident you experienced. Your search term might now be “head on highway accidents injury lawyer Edmonton”.

Try a couple of variations of your search terms to make sure you have a good range of results. For instance, you may see different lawyer websites listed if you search for “personal injury lawyer edmonton” instead of “injury lawyer edmonton” or for “spinal injury lawyer edmonton” instead of “spinal cord injury lawyer edmonton”.

Which lawyers show up consistently in each of your searches? Create a list of those injury lawyers as ones you want to know more about. Below, I explain how to understand your search results.

Vary Your Search Terms

Google search term: head on highway accidents injury lawyer Edmonton
Google Search Term: spinal cord injury lawyer edmonton
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Google Search: Term - spinal injury lawyer edmonton

3. Understand search results

I will limit my comments here to a Google search, since it is by far the most popular search engine in Alberta. The results of your search, of course, depend on your search term. The description below assumes you include a term like “injury lawyer” in your search.

  • At the top of the search results page, you will see ads, mainly from various injury law firms.
Google Search Results - ads for injury lawyer edmonton
  • Next you will see a map with locations of various injury law firms.
  • Under the map, you will find contact information and links to the injury lawyer websites. You may also see a number of stars, which represent the review ranking for the lawyer on its Google business page.
Google Search Results Showing Map Google Business Listings
  • Click the stars, to learn more about the injury lawyer. Along with a list of more injury lawyers and a larger version of the Google map, you will see information from the lawyer’s Google business page.
Google Business Page for Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Lawyer Edmonton
  • Check out the scrolling list of Google reviews for that injury lawyer.
Google Reviews of Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Lawyer Edmonton
  • Below the Google map and listing of law firms, you will see a list of injury lawyers. The list is the actual results of your search. They are listed based on a Google algorithm and your search term.
  • As a general rule, plan to look more carefully at the websites of the first 5-10 lawyers listed in the search results for each of your search terms. They will often be the same injury lawyers.
  • Check out the websites of the injury lawyers that appeal to you.
  • As you browse through the websites, create a shortlist of the 2-3 injury lawyers you think are best suited to your case. If you prefer, you may want to complete a more detailed review of the sites before you create your shortlist.
Search results for head on highway accidents injury lawyer edmonton

4. Know what to look for on an injury lawyer’s website

For each shortlisted injury lawyer, look for the following information.

To keep track of the information, feel free to download and use this table: Edmonton Injury Lawyer Website Checklist. The table includes my information and room for 2 other lawyers.

  • Name of practice
  • Phone number
  • Location
  • Area served
  • Number of years in practice
  • Will you work directly with the injury lawyer or will different lawyers in the firm work with you depending on the stage of your case?
  • Number of cases handled
  • Experience with different types of injuries
  • Experience with different types of accidents
  • Does the injury lawyer represent insurance companies and defendants who caused the accidents or only injury victims?
  • How experienced is the injury lawyer in dealing with insurance companies?
  • Will the injury lawyer fight the insurance company to make sure you receive fair compensation?
  • If needed for your case, does the injury lawyer have an experienced team of injury law experts?
  • Will the injury lawyer pay the costs of these experts until you receive your settlement or judgement at trial?
  • Does the injury lawyer charge a flat contingency fee or graduated contingency fee?
  • Do clients offer testimonials for the injury lawyer and what do they tell you?
  • To which law societies does the injury lawyer belong?
  • How do you set up a free consultation meeting?
  • How long will your free consultation meeting last?
  • Does the injury lawyer provide resources to help you prepare for your free injury lawyer consultation?

If you are considering a lawyer recommended by your network, remember to see if the reviews and testimonials match what your network told you.

5. Check law society records for the injury lawyer

In Alberta, contact the Law Society of Alberta to see if a personal injury lawyer is in good standing.

6. Find online reviews and testimonials for an injury lawyer

On an injury lawyer’s website, you are most likely to see reviews the injury lawyer wants to show you. Nonetheless they will probably give you a good sense of what the lawyer is like to work with. Reviews, like those on Google business pages, are independent. They can provide you with real insight. Just remember that they may be fair, or not. Online reviews express personal opinions.

Here are some possible sources for online reviews:

  • I deal with Google reviews above. You have to search for each injury lawyer on your shortlist to find the reviews, but it is worth looking. Here are Joseph A. Nagy reviews.
  • Not all clients provide Google reviews, so it’s worth checking the lawyer’s website as well. Here is a link to client testimonials on my website.
  • Three Best Rated The link will take you to the results for personal injury lawyers in Edmonton.

Some social networks also offer reviews.

Three Best Rated shows Joseph A. Nagy, personal injury lawyer, Edmonton

7. Choose the injury lawyer you think is right for you

By now, you may be pretty sure about the lawyer you think you want to handle your case. You will still want to consider whether the lawyer is a good fit for you personally. Remember, you will be relying on your personal injury lawyer to obtain the maximum fair compensation possible for your injury.

When you are ready, start with the first injury lawyer on your shortlist and call to set up a free consultation. Then call your other shortlisted injury lawyers.

Only you can answer these questions

  • Does the lawyer sound like he/she wants to help you? Does the injury lawyer explain things in a way that you can understand?
  • Does the lawyer seem like someone you can talk with?
  • Behind the ads and sales pitch, do you think the lawyer will be interested in you and want to help you?
  • Do you think the injury lawyer will want to help you even if your case may not result in a large insurance payment?
  • Will the injury lawyer fight to make sure you receive the best possible compensation for your injury?
  • Does the injury lawyer offer any free resources to help you deal with your injury claim?

8. Get the most out of your free consultation meeting with your injury lawyer

Check out my How to Prepare for a Free Injury Lawyer Consultation: A 7-Step Guide for Injury Victims.

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Steps to Prepare for a Free Injury Lawyer Consultation by Joseph A Nagy

About the Author

Joseph A. Nagy, Edmonton injury lawyer, provides a free guide to help injury victims prepare for a free consultation meeting with an injury lawyer - (780) 760-4878 (HURT)
I am Joseph A. Nagy, and I am an experienced Edmonton injury lawyer serving central and northern Alberta. As a “car accident lawyer”, my specialty is dealing with all types of motor vehicle accident

Based on my years of experience, this guide is intended to help injury victims find a qualified injury lawyer who will protect their interests.

You are under no obligation to me, but of course I hope you will call (780) 760-4878 (HURT) or contact me, Joseph A. Nagy, to discuss the steps I can recommend to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injury.

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Joe and his team are some of the kindest and most genuine people I have ever met. Not only was I taken care of, but I feel Joe fights for his clients at the right time. He really cares. He doesn't put his clients through stress and is always very honest and upfront. I was very fortunate to be able to work with this wonderful team and will always recommend and use their services in the future. Thank you all.
Sara Skoric
Sara Skoric
18:50 20 May 20
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ziad ahmed
ziad ahmed
09:56 01 May 20
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K W
K W
02:16 24 Apr 20
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Y. G.
Y. G.
00:23 23 Apr 20
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Jeanne Nitanga
Jeanne Nitanga
23:59 30 Mar 20
Joseph Nagy and his firm really helped me alot in terms of getting all the medical diagnosis and help needed. This firm helped me in all the little steps from time to time and provided me the right legal advice. More than case study its really important to get right medical help and getting proper financial aid in recovery . This firm hepled me alot in pointing at right direction at right time which helped me in recovery without any halt or finacial problem. I cannot stress enough to anyone reading this that finding a lawyer and medical care is really important in first few days and it can affect your process and assistance in recovery . I made a mistake of going to a lawyer and not taking any accident and injuries seriously in first few days . After meeting Joseph naggy i got to know that i have a TMJ and other few related problems because of my accident which i would have ignored because of not seeking right medical help. Try not to make same mistake as mine. Seek legal and medical help ASAP after getting into an accident.read more
navtej Sabhi
navtej Sabhi
02:59 24 Mar 20
Joe and his assistants Nicole Adams, & Preet Saroya were my first Experience with having anything to do with lawyers and litigation. I'm very happy with how they handled my case and how they managed to get me a fair settlement in such an efficient and timely manner. I must admit they are some of the most honest people I've ever done business with in my entire life. They definitely take care of you and that is something I certainly appreciated about them while completing my case. There is this feeling of security that one gets when working with Joe and his crew that I have heard from other people isn't exactly present with other lawyers. They treat you like family and as happy as I am to be finished with my case these people have been a major part of my life since my motor-vehicle accident back in February 2017 I will definitely miss working with such talented people who I would be quite proud to consider my friends. And although I hope that this might be my absolute last accident, I know Joe and his colleagues are just a short phone call away if I get into another one. Thank you Joe, Nicole, & Preet from the bottom of my heart for being such honest, amazing, caring & talented Individuals. With the settlement you guys fought so hard to get me I have pretty much been given a fresh slate to build my life up upon. I've got you guys to thank for it, and had I never reached out to you guys I'm not sure where I would have ended up. I guess what I'm trying to say is thanks for helping me put my life back together and thanks for being such wonderful people. To anyone contemplating Joesph A. Nagy, Injury Law I must tell you that once you go to Joe and his Talented crew you'll not need any other lawyer for motor vehicle accidents and injury litigation again!!! these guys know their stuff!!! And I will never be able to thank Joe, Nicole, & Preet enough for the hard work they did to help me rebuild after my accident!!! and if you guys manage to read this comment I hope I've put down at least 10-15% of the thank yous I owe you guys for your incredible job on finding a very fair resolution to my case!!! Thanks for everything you've done for me!!!read more
Travis Orich
Travis Orich
17:00 25 Feb 20
I hired Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Lawyer to follow up on a car accident in 2016. It was a no fault accident on my part. My car was totalled plus I received a very severe whip lash plus major chronic migraine headaches for years related to this whip lash. Once I met with Mr Nagy and we reviewed this accident he accepted my case and I signed the necessary papers. I found him to be very well informed and able to share all the requirements and made it very clear and easy to understand what was expected of me and how his firm would meet my needs. I found his assistant Nicole Adams very competent, knowlegeable and easy to work with. She was always available which was important to me. Mr. Nagy was extremely efficient in following up with any concerns I had. I experienced very accurate and timely answers from him. Communication was excellent. I also worked with Mr. Nagy's new lawyer Preet Saroya during the Examination for Discovery. I found her easy to work with and very supportive in coaching me on what the expectations were during the Discovery. I was extremely pleased with the final result and would highly recommend Joseph A. Nagy, Injury Law Firm to everyone. It was a very positive experience under very painful circumstances. I always felt very confident to know they were representing me. Joseph A. Nagy Injury Law Firm was excellentread more
Diana Templeton
Diana Templeton
04:00 08 Jan 20
I was involved in a car accident with a drunk driver, I was left in bad shape. During my recovery, the insurance company tried to communicate with me consistently. I was not sure where to start it was at that time I contacted Joe. We had our first meeting, he explained the process in detail, I was compensated for wage loss, Physio etc. He made sure I was taken care of during the process and at the end of the claim made sure I was properly compensated for all damages. Shortly after I went through some heath concerns and of would of not been for the settlement, my family and I would of been in trouble. Joe is passionate about his work and he will be 100% on your side. Nothing but a positive experience working with Mr. Nagy.
andres celis
andres celis
21:57 20 Dec 19
Mr.Nagy and his team has been a fantastic, Professional experience after my accident with zero hassles or issues. Mr.Nagy is a man with integrity, honesty and a passion for fairness and law . Nicole his assistant is also a very professional individual with compassion, understanding and is just a very courteous individual who on many occasions called just too keep me posted on progress, or to arrange a meeting with Joseph. Its always nice having a smile and knowing you have team standing with you during these tragic moments in ones life . Do I support Joseph and his team YES I do and at the very least a phone call will provide clarity and transparency for you or your loved ones.