A while back, a good friend of mine was involved in a car accident along with her then fiance. While her now husband suffered no injuries, she incurred some severe back and neck injuries. The insurance company, seeking to settle the case swiftly and inexpensively, offered a ridiculous settlement after about a month of doctor's visits and a medical bill nearing 80K.
Thankfully our friend refused it and sought her rights under Personal Injury Law. She first looked up online to see who she could rely on. She was particularly interested in a personal injury lawyer that could show a history of success. When she finally hired a lawyer that she believed was the guy to take care of her case, she came to learn some pretty disturbing news later on. After the case had been litigating for over a year, the lawyer, without consulting the client and therefore without her consent, accepted from the insurance company a settlement that didn't even cover her doctor's visits. Come to find out, the lawyer she had hired was also representing the insurance company. Sick as it may sound, it happens every day.
When you're looking for a lawyer, make sure you do your research thoroughly. If you have questions, let me know as I happen to know a few good ones in that field. It's a sick world out there. Beware.