First and foremost, know this: Not all lawyers are the same. If your lawyer advertises primarily for bankruptcy, or divorce, or criminal law, but their ad also mentions “personal injury cases”, you should look elsewhere.
Second: All personal injury lawyers are not all equally suited to handle your case. In fact, not even close. But how do you tell the difference? It is crucial that you get help from one with extensive trial experience. You may be saying right now, “but I don’t want to go to trial”. Good question. Let me give you some insight: Neither do the insurance companies or their lawyers. So, how do you choose an attorney who can best help you avoid a trial? Simple you hire a “trial attorney”. Let me explain.
There are many law firms that do not litigate cases. Indeed, many of the big advertising firms do not litigate cases. Insurance companies know this. Trial lawyers litigate cases. Insurance companies know this. So, when negotiating a case, and knowing now that insurance companies do not like to go to trial, which group of attorneys do you think scare insurance companies the most, the attorneys who they know don’t or won’t file a lawsuit, or the attorneys who have reputations for filing lawsuits? Yep—you guessed it. Insurance companies will pay MUCH more attention to the attorneys who are more ready to challenge them in court—the TRIAL ATTORNEYS.
Trial lawyers, as the name implies, direct their efforts to digging deep and preparing a case as though it will be necessary to take it to court (indeed, this is the best way to keep it out of court--let the other side know you are serious), while non-trial lawyers spend most of their time trying to arrange things to settle as quickly as possible. Again, if the insurance companies aren’t convinced you are serious, they often won’t offer you anything close to a fair settlement for your case. Which type of lawyer is best for you?
The best personal injury lawyers are “trial lawyers”. And even moreso, the best trial lawyers are those that have been recognized by the Arizona State Bar as being a Certified Specialist in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death. An attorney cannot earn this honor with being a “trial lawyer”, and, less than 2% of all attorneys in Arizona are Certified Specialists. In these days of insurance company advertising and propaganda, it is even more important than ever to make sure that the attorney you hire is a true trial lawyer. You are assured of this when you hire a Certified Specialist.
So how can you be sure that yours is a trial lawyer?
The answer is easy: Ask, then verify:
- How long have you been an attorney?
- How many cases have YOU tried?
- In which courts?
- What results did YOU get?
- How many of those cases were cases similar to mine?
- Are you a Certified Specialist?
Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer Christopher Zachar at Zachar Law Firm, P.C. has years of experience in dealing with personal injuries and specializes in getting victims fair compensation for their pain and suffering. Chris is a trial lawyer, and a Certified Specialist in Injury and Wrongful Death.
If you’ve been injured as a result of someone else’s misconduct, your road to recovery, and getting the other side’s insurance company to do what is right may be a difficult one. The best way to stand up and fight for your rights is to get someone in your corner who has the experience to fight for you, to help you win your case.