If you have been involved in any type of accident,
it is important that you have legal representation to protect your rights and
ensure that you receive payment for any damages you have sustained. Hiring an accident lawyer may help you do
An accident attorney represents you in all
communication with other parties, negotiations for settlement and ultimately in
any actions you may have to take in court to recover damages. For this reason, it is important to look for
certain qualities or aspects in an accident lawyer, such as:
a lawyer with whom you can communicate. It is important that you find a lawyer with
whom you can communicate freely. If you
and your lawyer do not see eye-to-eye, or if you are afraid to ask questions of
your lawyer, the negotiation and settlement process may not proceed smoothly.
an experienced lawyer.
You want a lawyer with experience working in personal injury cases. Ideally, your attorney should focus solely on
personal injury and not take other types of cases.
a lawyer that understands your concerns and issues. Find a lawyer who is willing to talk to you
and get to know you as a person. If you
are handed off to a "junior" or a paralegal on your first visit, it
is likely your lawyer will not be using a hands-on approach. This can cause serious problems when it is
time to handle your case the way you want to proceed.
a lawyer with a history of large settlements. A lawyer with a history of large in and out
of court settlements is probably one that can handle your case and get you the
money you deserve. On the other hand, do
not let one or two big settlements cloud your judgment. Ultimately, you need a lawyer who will fight
for maximum compensation for your
case, no matter how big or small it is.
a lawyer with courtroom experience. Not every case can or should be settled. It is vital that you find a lawyer who has
the experience to negotiate a settlement, but also has the courtroom experience
to take your case to trial if that is what is needed.
Can I Find The Right Attorney?
You would not dream of grabbing a dress or shirt
blindly off the rack without trying it on or picking a car out by color
alone. However, many people pick an
attorney by methods that are just as careless.
Choosing the right attorney is a process that involves several steps and
each should be taken seriously.
First, talk to friends, colleagues or your family
attorney for a recommendation. Those who
have used a personal injury attorney successfully are often happy to talk about
it to others. Those who have had bad
experiences with an attorney are equally likely to tell you to stay away from