TOP 10 REASONS TO HIRE A TRIAL LAWYER
Few personal injury lawyers belong to the American Board of Trial Advocates, the preeminent organization for trial lawyers. Mark G. Cunningham is one of them. You can see if your lawyer is a member of the American Board by visiting its website at Cal-ABOTA.org.
WHY YOU WANT A TRIAL LAWYER1. A trial lawyer increases the settlement value of cases. As a former insurance company lawyer, one of the first things an insurance company does when a personal injury claim is made is check the trial background and reputation of the lawyer. The insurance company wants to know if the lawyer is prepared to take the case to trial or will simply fold as the trial looms closer.
2. The insurance company will have its own trial lawyer to defeat your case. Once a lawsuit is filed, the insurance company must provide a defense to its insured. Typically, the company will hire a lawyer who has trial experience, especially in a serious injury case.
3. A trial lawyer has a unique perspective on how to evaluate a case. There are many factors that go into the settlement value of a personal injury case. One of the most important factors is how a jury and judge will perceive liability and damages at trial. A trial lawyer who has seen how a jury deliberates and what a jury considers to be important in deciding liability and damages issues is invaluable.
4. A trial lawyer knows the pre-trial rules. There are many important procedural rules that need to be followed to get a case ready for trial. The failure to follow these rules can be devastating to your case. A trial lawyer knows those rules and how to use them to your advantage.
5. A trial lawyer knows how to minimize the impact of the other side*s experts. Before trial, experts are disclosed by both sides and each side has an opportunity to take the depositions of the other side*s experts. It is usually the trial lawyer who takes the depositions. Thus, a trial lawyer knows how to effectively take the deposition of an expert and minimize the impact of the expert*s testimony.
6. A trial lawyer knows how to prepare a case for trial. Trial preparation involves strategic and tactical decisions involving the evidence to present to a jury. A trial lawyer will know the importance of each piece of evidence and whether the judge will allow the evidence at trial.
7. A trial lawyer knows how to effectively present your case at trial. There are many important phases of a jury trial, including jury selection, opening statement, direct and cross examination of witnesses and closing argument. An experienced trial lawyer will know how to properly present your case during each of these phases.
8. A trial lawyer knows how to keep out or minimize the negative evidence against you. An insurance company*s mission is to defeat your case. The company will give its trial lawyer all the resources needed to accomplish that mission. Often, negative information about your past will be uncovered by the insurance lawyer. Many times, that information will be irrelevant. A trial lawyer will know how to object to the evidence and seek its exclusion.
9. A trial lawyer knows the rules that will determine the outcome of a case a trial. A jury is given rules to follow when deciding a case. Those rules are called jury instructions. Making sure the right instructions are given to the jury is critical so that the jury can make the correct decision.
10. A trial lawyer knows how to keep your award. After a favorable award is obtained, the in
WHAT TO ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYERHiring the right lawyer makes all the difference in the world. When looking for a lawyer, ask how often the lawyer goes to trial. Ask if the lawyer is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. At MCIS Lawyers, we are experienced trial lawyers ready to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.