How to Choose an Illinois Personal Injury Attorney
The Seven (7) questions you must ask !
In choosing a Personal Injury attorney for your case, do not be afraid to ask numerous questions. Personal Injury attorneys who have a successful track record of recovering money for injured clients will not be afraid to answer all your questions; in fact, they will welcome your questions. An educated and involved client is a client who will become a satisfied, happy client who continues to refer family and friends to the attorney and his law firm. When you speak to the attorney, the attorney is interviewing you to see if that lawyer wants to take your case, at the same time, you should be interviewing the attorney to determine if you want this attorney to represent you in your case. Remember, in a personal injury lawsuit, there are no second chances at recovery, whether at Trial or Arbitration settlement.
The following are the 7 questions you should ask a potential Illinois Personal Injury attorney before you sign a Retainer Agreement allowing them to represent you.
1. How many years have you been practicing Personal Injury law?
The answer to this question will tell you about the attorney’s experience handling personal injury cases. Personal Injury cases are extremely complex and subject to many hidden pitfalls that can ruin your case, and because of that, you want an experienced attorney who practices Personal Injury law and does not just “dabble” in Personal Injury law. The yellow pages are full of attorneys claiming to handle Personal Injury cases. The fact of the matter is that very few attorneys actually try personal injury cases.
DAVID N. RECEHNBERG HAS BEEN PRACTICING LAW FOR OVER 20 YEARS AND HAS BEEN A TRIAL LAWYER FOR THOSE 20 YEARS. HE HAS HANDLED THOUSANDS OF PERSONAL INJURY CASES FOR HIS CLIENTS THROUGHOUT HIS CAREER. HE HAS RECOVERED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR HIS CLIENTS, AND THEY CONTINUALLY RETURN FOR NEW CASES AND REFER THEIR FAMILY AND FRIENDS.
2. Which attorney in the office will be actually handling your case and what is that attorneys qualifications?
With many of the larger law firms, the attorney that interviews you will not be the attorney handling your case and/or the attorney who will be with you at Trial. Many larger law firms will assign a new associate to your file, which can lead to disastrous results in the worse case scenario, or a possible personality conflict at best. You do not want an attorney to cut his teeth on your case. Remember you only have one chance at recovery for your personal injury matter.
When you ask the firm who is going to be your lawyer, some lawyers in McHenry County respond that their firm uses a “team approach”. They go on to say that their attorneys routinely round table your case, thus you are getting input from several attorneys on your file. This is not a good thing, as none of the lawyers will take personal responsibility for your case. Then, if something goes wrong, they can blame each other for the problems. In reality when your case proceeds to Trial or Arbitration, you may meet the attorney trying the case for the first time right before Trial. How comforting is that? Is this how you believe your case should be handled? Do you think you will be affectively represented by a lawyer you just met?
Hiring an attorney for a Personal Injury lawsuit should be your personal choice, much like when you see your family physician. How comfortable are you when you walk into the doctor’s office and are told that your regular physician is unavailable, and you are given the new doctor fresh out of medical school, who was just hired? Many larger firms in McHenry County cycle through their associates and you end up having 3 or 4 lawyers to deal with before your case is resolved. When you hire Franks & Rechenberg, P.C. to handle your Personal Injury case, attorney David N. Rechenberg will be the attorney handling your case from the beginning through discovery. He will be the attorney at your deposition, the attorney who will sit with you at the counsel table during the Trial or Arbitration, and the attorney who will hand you your settlement check or Verdict Award after a Jury Trial.
The issue is quite simple. Do you want a attorney who will treat you as a valued client or treat you as a commodity?
David N. Rechenberg guarantees that he will do all the legal work on your file and will be your attorney at your deposition, through discovery and at Trial or Arbitration.
3. How many cases the attorney taken to Jury Trial?
During the past decade, the number of cases that have gone to Trial has diminished greatly. In fact, most cases are resolved without a Trial. Attorneys, who tout themselves as “personal injury trial lawyers”, do not always try personal injury cases. A Personal Injury attorney who tries cases will not be afraid of this question.
David N. Rechenberg has 20 years of experience, has tried over 45 Personal Injury Jury Trials. David N. Rechenberg has Tried hundreds of Personal Injury cases through Mandatory Arbitration procedure in the Illinois Court system and has prosecuted numerous uninsured/underinsured motorist arbitration trials against insurance companies.
Not all cases need to go to Trial in order to get the outcome that is desired. In fact your case might not need to go to Trial to get a fair and reasonable settlement. But if your case is one that needs to go to Hearing or Trial, you deserve an experienced Trial attorney sitting next to you. Insurance companies know which attorneys try cases and they are afraid of large jury verdicts, insurance companies will pay larger settlements to attorneys who are not afraid to try cases to avoid the risk of a large jury verdict, thus it is beneficial to have a real Personal Injury Trial Lawyer.
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Licensed since 1987
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1987||05/14/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Anatomy for Lawyers attendance||IICLE||2007|
|Owner||Franks & Rechenberg, P.C.||2005 - Present|
|N/A||Franks Gerkin & McKenna, P.C.||2003 - 2005|
|Attorney||Jacobson & Riesborough, P.C.||2001 - 2003|
|Assistant District Attorney||McHenry County States Attorney's Office||1987 - 1989|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law Section Council||Member||2010 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association, Worker's Compensation Section||Member||2010 - Present|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|McHenry County Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|John Kettman, Independent administrator of the estate of Diane Kettman v. Kiumats Mostowfi M.D. et. al. 07 l 821||Settlement $1,086,434.00|
|Damon Pratt v. U.P.S. 06 WC 43073||$250,000.00 Wage diferential case|
|Larry Wells v. Plycon Transportation||$200,000.00|
|7 Deadly Mistakes that can Destroy your Illinois Accident case||Learn the Dirty Little Tricks Insurance Companies Pull||2009|
|Everything you wanted to know about recovering Money in your Illinois Workers Compensation Case...But were afraid to ask!||9 Mistakes that can ruin your Illinois Worker's Compensation Case||2009|
|Northern Illinois University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1987|
|Northern Illinois University||Finance||BS - Bachelor of Science||1987|