Every Attorney Is Not The Same
You would not go to a baker to change the oil in your car and you should not just go to anybody to help you with your legal case. Even more so, just like you would not go to your family doctor for a heart transplant, you should not go to just any lawyer for your personal injury case.
A personal injury lawyer should be someone who is not only familiar with, but fluent in, negotiation skills and experience. A personal injury attorney must possess an advanced level of familiarity with medical physicians, conditions and outcomes. They must have a conversant understanding of biomechanics and causes of injuries; As well as accident reconstruction techniques, philosophy, and reputation.
Interaction with Client, Insurance Companies, Judges, Juries & Witnesses
A personal injury lawyer should have the competency to deal with you, the client, your insurance company, the at-fault party’s insurance company, judges, juries and witnesses.
Lawyers who advertise the “one call-that’s all” mentality are misleading. The implication there is that the only thing an injured person needs to do is call that attorney and wait to receive money. However, real personal injuries involve real personal sacrifice, commitment, and hard work. If your attorney is not interested in your participation in your case, you may consider that a red flag. Dialogue between a client and her attorney is crucial in every case.
Personal Injury Case Litigation
Be sure, when making a decision to hire an attorney, to ask the lawyer if he or she will be “trying the case.” Many “advertising lawyers” have arrangements where they transfer cases to another lawyer outside their firm if they are unable to settle the case with minimal effort. When you hire a physician to deliver your baby you should expect that doctor to deliver the baby: Not an assistant or some other unfamiliar doctor. When you hire an attorney to handle your personal injury case you should expect that attorney to handle your personal injury case.
And while most cases do not go to trial and many times settle, the best approach to getting maximum resolution is setting the case up as if it were going to trial. Insurance companies know the risk of trials as do their lawyers. Anything less than total trial preparation reveals weakness.
Medical Expenses & Loss of Wages
Your personal injury case will typically involve medical treatment, bills, expenses related to the medical treatment, loss of wages in the past and possible loss of earnings in the future, and other pain and suffering. Pain and suffering can include such things as the actual pain suffered in addition to having to endure the entire ordeal. This amount can be best negotiated by a competent personal injury lawyer. The insurance company knows that and their lawyers do as well.