When an accident happens to you, one of two things might happen. You might get injured or you might not; good for you if you were not harmed, but what happens if you are injured? What do you do then? Who is going to pay your bills? What about your job, the kids, the house, the car? So many things to think about, so much room for potential stress and when you are stress the body takes more time to recover because your central programming system (your brain) is under pressure. This is when you need a good lawyer to take care of your claims and compensation. Where and how do you go about choosing a good lawyer? Hopefully, we can explore that in this article.The Where:1. Ask friend and families: if someone in your family has been in this position, ask them who their lawyer was. Find out if they were satisfied with the services offered and with their compensation. Important questions that might help you are asking if the lawyer keeps them informed during the entire process, if it was easy to deal with the lawyer and if his charges were reasonable. Then again, you can expect to pay cheap prices for a quality item, you get what you pay for. If you have friends in the legal area, ask them who they would recommend? Most of the time, friends in the legal department would have such information and should be able to point you in the right direction.2. Ask the Yellow pages: flip through this heavy book (or online page) and list down at least 3 to 5 lawyers in your area. Call them up and ask about their services, how they can help you and how much they would charge. They should be able to provide you with this information without asking you to come and meet them in their office. Meeting them in their office is not a good idea because they have a dedicated sales team that would sell you the best offer and you might choose them even without checking out anyone else.The How:1. Experience: Get the firm to provide you with a list of their clients, and ask these other people about the services provided for them. You should also find out if the firm has experience in handling claims and situations like yours. If this is their first case, or first in handling personal injury cases, then choose someone else. If you are looking for compensation, work with someone who has the knowledge and know how, not someone who just passed their bar exam.2. Costs: Pick a firm that offers the “No Claim, No Fee” option. This means that if your case does not succeed you won’t need to pay them, you might need to pay for the other person’s lawyer and some other expenses but at least you don’t have to pay for your costs. Going with the cheapest option is not ideal as well, like I said, you get what you pay. It would be even better if the firm offers any easy payment plan to help you settle the bill.While we take the best care of ourselves, making sure that our loved ones are sheltered from harm, accident happens. In such situations, we need to be prepared. Find a lawyer before you get in trouble, it would be easier for you and less stressful.