Things to Know When Picking a Personal Injury Attorney
Picking a Personal Injury Lawyer
Sometimes accidents happen, it’s part of life. If you are hurt and you were not at fault, you may need a personal injury lawyer to represent you. There are thousands upon thousands of accident and injury law firms out there, so how are you supposed to choose the one that fits you? Here are some tips to help you pick the best possible personal injury lawyer for you.
Always choose a trial attorney.
The factual truth is… There are many lawyers that have very little or no experience at all in front of the juries. These days most injury claims are able to be settled without going to trial, but the fear of going to trial against an experienced plaintiff attorney often motivates companies to make larger settlements. Personal injury attorneys who settle all of their cases outside of trial often develop a reputation for avoiding trial and the insurance companies know this. Therefore, they will be unlikely to offer you the most compensation for your claim.
Find a lawyer who tries at least one civil jury trial per year.
Jury trials are a very complicated process that can take months or even years to try successfully. A trial attorney with experience will be able to help you immensely as to an attorney with little to no trial experience.
Be wary of bait “lawyers”.
These days there are lawyers out there who use advertisements stating that they specialize in personal law. However, truth is that many of these “law firms” are simply advertising firms that take those cases and then refer them to a true trial lawyer. Stray away from these. You want your case to be handled personally and honestly, not transferred over and over.
Know which lawyer is going to be working on your claim.
If you chose to hire a larger personal injury law firm, there is a chance that your claim will not be handled by the large name lawyer of the actual firm. This is okay but know who your lawyer is. Know their experience and work and if it’s the right lawyer for you. If not, it’s okay to ask for another lawyer.
It’s important to find the right fit for you so it may take some time to find the right lawyer. But with diligence, persistence, and some common knowledge, the choice should be crystal clear.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a personal injury claim, contact McCormick & Murphy, P.C. to handle all of your needs.