Hiring a lawyer is a real personal decision and ideally you would want a lawyer that you have sat down and spoke with. Having a face to face meeting with a lawyer and looking them in the eyes can help you determine if this is a person you can work with and trust that they will do what's in your best interest. Attorney Jim Dodson recommends that you meet their assistant and know who is going to be answering the phone when you call.
Lawyers come in all sorts of different varieties in terms of their background, their education, their experience, their trial experience, and their experience in the type of case you have which should be your number one concern. Because we are dealing with an accident or personal injury case it is very important to get a good gauge on how they treat people, how much they care about you and how much they have demonstrated that in their firm's practice.
Lawyers can have the greatest resume in the world but they could be useless in dealing with you as a client or handling the type of case you have. This is why it is so important for you to actually meet the lawyer personally to understand how they are going to handle your case and you as a person. Typically, you won't get this personal attention when you are dealing with a large firm who has a case manager that will the be one mostly working on your case.