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Having done this for almost 35 years, if I was looking for a personal injury lawyer, the first thing I would do is look to that person’s experience in the area that you expect the case to be in. For example, if it’s a motor vehicle case, you want to have an attorney that has handled motor vehicle accidents, has had experience handling motor vehicle accidents, and has been to trial trying motor vehicle accident cases.
You want a firm that’s large enough that they can adequately fund your case if you need an expert. For example, either on the liability end, some engineer to talk about why this accident and this injury occurred, and also on the medical end to bring your doctors to trial or to take their depositions by videotape to be presented to the jury at trial. These experts, both mechanical or engineering and medical, are very expensive, so the law firm has to be able to have the financial wherewithal, not just the experience, to support the bills that are going to be occurred in getting your case, if needed, to trial.
You need to pick out an attorney with a temperament personality that you can get along with because it’s very important that the attorney and the client are able to communicate with another and to work with one another. This is because this is a fairly involved and sometimes long procedure from the time of an accident until the time that a trial, if it’s needed, is concluded.
You’re really looking for someone with experience – sometimes also you need to look at the undergraduate degree. If this is going to be an area where there’s an engineering issue, you may want someone that has an engineering undergraduate degree. You also need to make sure that the law firm is adequately funded, that they can take these cases to trial. You want to know about whether or not they do go to trial because many attorneys will advertise and hold themselves out as trial lawyers and they don’t go to trial. They settle everything. If you get with a law firm that settles everything, over time the insurance companies know who these law firms are, and they throw them crumbs so to speak knowing that they are not the hammer that will take them to trial. You need to go with a law firm that has the ability, and the history, and the financial wherewithal to take your case to trial in case it needs to be tried. Those are some of the things that I would look for if I was picking a personal injury lawyer for a personal injury claim.
- The first thing I would look at is the amount of experience the lawyer has.
- Next, you need to make sure that the firm is large enough to pay for the expenses in a personal injury case (Hiring investigators, etc.)
- Third, you need to find an attorney that you get along with, and trust.
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