You or one of your loved ones have been injured due to another’s actions, but you don’t know how to go about filing a lawsuit. Looking in the phone book or at the billboard ads on the highway will lead you to a personal injury lawyer willing to take your case, but how do you know that he or she is the right lawyer for you?
Finding the right attorney in a personal injury case is essential. You only get one shot at recovering for your injuries and that lawsuit must contain all past, present and future economic and non-economic damages. Whether it may be a car accident, slip and fall, bus accident, or injury on the job. When you have the right lawyer for your case, you stand a much better chance of a favorable outcome. Injury lawsuits are complicated and you need an attorney with a deep understanding of insurance companies as well as the law and legal process.
Ask about Experience
Length of practice is not an indicator of success, I know several older attorneys who have lost their “spark” or have become complacent with their case loads. Often, it may be better to hire a sharp, young, attorney who wants to win as much (or even more) than you do. Younger attorneys typically are willing to go the extra mile for a client because they know you’re referral is the highest compliment. At the same time, younger attorneys want to maximize your recovery because that helps them build a name for themselves.
You may be surprised to hear this, but many so called “personal injury attorneys” have never actually tried a case to verdict. Although many matters will settle pre-suit or after substantial litigation you need an attorney who is willing to take your case to trial. In addition to the ability to try a case, you need an attorney who will properly work the case up to be in an excellent position for trial. So when defense counsel presses towards a jury trial, your counsel is ready to fight them toe to toe.
Injury matters can take a long time to resolve. During that time you may have questions, be sure to ask the attorney how will I contact you? Will you be working on my case or will your paralegal? Who should I call with questions? The #1 reason I hear of clients displeasure with their injury lawyer is not being able to speak with them directly whether it’s un-returned phone calls or endless run-around to various paralegals.
In most injury matters, the opposing party will be the Defendant’s insurance company; therefore, it is very important that your lawyer understand how the insurance industry operates. They should be familiar with insurance industry terms such as “reserves”, “limits”, “indemnification”, “declaratory actions”, “UM/UIM” and other industry jargon. Furthermore, your personal injury attorney should know how to deal with adjusters and how to convince them to get you a substantial settlement without the need for protracted litigation.
The best way to find a lawyer you can trust is to ask people that you trust if they know a good personal injury attorney. If you already have an attorney for other legal matters, ask if he or she knows an injury lawyer whom they can refer you. Once you meet with the attorney be sure to ask them for clients they have worked for and would they be willing to allow you to speak with them to verify their performance and skill.
Troy R. Crichton, Esq. is the personal injury trial lawyer you can trust. He has tried hundreds of cases to verdict in both civil and criminal courts. He is knowledgeable about both the insurance industry and the law. As your attorney, Troy personally works on your matter and is available by e-mail or cellphone at anytime of the day. Most importantly, Troy gets results! He handles all injury matters on a contingency basis with free case evaluation. There is no cost to you until there is financial compensation in your case. Contact Troy Crichton today to discuss your injury case (267) 225-3317
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