In the unfortunate event that you or your loved one is involved in an accident, or any other type of negligence case, claiming compensation for the injuries and damages sustained can prove to be a daunting task. This is especially true when the aftermath is dire and the stakes are high. For this reason, hiring a personal injury lawyer is inevitable if you are to get a fair and maximum compensation that you are justly entitled to.
Like any other profession, not all personal injury lawyers provide the best services, and it is of important to learn how to separate the good from the bad. This article seeks to highlight some of the qualities to look out for in a good personal injury lawyer. Some of them include:
A personal injury lawyer who exhibits professionalism in carrying out his duties will always ensure that you are properly served to your satisfaction. One of the ways to differentiate a professional from a non-professional lawyer is through your first encounter either via phone or face-to-face. A professional attorney will have your best interests at heart, even if it means less business for the law firm. Sometimes the best recommendation is that you not hire an attorney for your case if you will end up with more money by handling it yourself.
A professional attorney will welcome you to their office, and listen attentively to your grievances. He/she will offer their legal advice to make you feel at ease, while assuring you of their commitment to your case. In most cases, the lawyers are willing to discuss in detail the specifics of your case so that you may fully understand it the proper course of action.
Availability is also a major quality to consider when looking for a good personal injury lawyer to represent you. Especially on the initial consultation, it is best to speak to your lawyer(s) in person. It is also advisable to ask how often you are expected to hear from your attorney’s office, and how you plan to maintain communication. It’s important to find out whether the lawyer is available through other channels, such as email or text, in order to reach him/her when the need arises.
A great personal injury lawyer has invested in a reliable support system of knowledgeable staff equipped to attend to the client’s needs when the lawyer is out of the office. You need a reputable personal injury lawyer whose office will be able to answer your questions when you have them.
Reputation & Experience
A lawyer with a good track record will appear easily in online searches or recommendations via word of mouth. Similarly, a personal injury lawyer with a bad reputation can also be found with a simple online search. Doing a background check on the lawyer, whether it’s through the State Bar’s website or through Google reviews would help illuminate the reputation of that lawyer.
Notably, attorneys who have been in the profession for some time will have handled a wide range of cases, including highly complex ones and those similar to your case. Ask your lawyer about what separates his/her firm from the competition. Your lawyer should handle each case with utmost respect and urgency it deserves, and your questions will show that you expect the best personal injury lawyer.
Ability to Communicate Effectively
The ability to win a case as a personal injury lawyer relies heavily on his or her ability to communicate effectively, both with the insurance company and with the jury. Your facts need to be thoroughly and exhaustively expressed to the jury in a persuasive and composed manner. The case may also require legal expertise and familiarity with relevant case law.
A personal injury lawyer known for his persistence and willingness to go to trial to protect your best interests would be your best candidate. Insurance companies keep track of the personal injury lawyers in the area and know which firms are willing to go to trial, and which firms settle for less or refer the case out to another lawyer. Having a lawyer with a reputation of tenacity to go to trial when necessary may result in more reasonable offers from the insurance company.
If you’re looking for the best qualities in a personal injury lawyer, call our law office today for a free consultation.