Finding an Attorney with Experience, Passion and a Solid Reputation Will Help You Win Your Case
Making sure you have an experienced and well respected personal injury attorney representing and protecting your legal interests is one of the big keys to making the right impression with the other side's insurance company, defense attorney and more importantly, maximizing the value of your case and getting the results you are entitled to. Before hiring an attorney to represent you in your case, there are nine important questions you need to ask during your interview. I'm going to show you what these questions are and exactly how to find an attorney who can give you the right answers.
There Is No Substitute for Experience
Before we get in to the specific nine questions, you need to make sure that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney who has a strong passion for his client's case and who specializes in representing people and families involved in personal injury and wrongful death cases. This means the attorney has been practicing for at least 10-15 years and exceptionally well respected in his or her local community. A trial attorney who enjoys practicing law and enjoys taking cases to trial.
Successful Trial Lawyers Have the Following Qualities:
Why is this important? Because skill, ability and reputation for trying cases are all important when it comes to investigating, litigating, settling or trying a personal injury case. Successful trial attorneys carefully balance and implement focus, expertise, perseverance, native ability and an affinity for the task that frankly, not every lawyer can muster.
Insurance Companies Know Who They Are Dealing with. Do You?
Insurance companies will normally step up to the plate and offer full settlement value on a case to an attorney who they know would just as soon take the case to trial (hint- not all lawyers enjoy trying cases and in fact, many are actually apprehensive about walking in to a courtroom). What will absolutely hurt your case is hiring either an inexperienced personal injury attorney or, an attorney who is not respected by other local attorneys, judges and the insurance companies. Believe it or not, insurance companies and defense attorneys know who these attorneys are and will play hard ball from day one. They will make low settlement offers because they know the inexperienced or insufficient attorney will recommend that the client accept less money rather than having to try the case.
Why Take a Chance?
Now keep in mind that there are some new lawyers coming in to the profession who are excellent and will be even better as the years go by. The reality of the situation is that these attorneys are far and few between and with the number of qualified attorneys available to assist you, why in the world would you roll the dice and take a chance with a young and unproven talent?
We recommend that you use the AVVO service to find a qualified and experienced personal injury lawyer in your area if you or a family member is injured in an accident.
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