Being hurt and unable to work is no picnic. You should not let the responsible party get away with it. Thankfully, your injury case can be won by proving the actions of this person were reckless. Keep reading if you want a better chance of winning your case.
Check the American Bar Association. You will likely need a good attorney when it comes time to file your case. The American Bar Association (ABA) is a great starting place. While they don’t offer reviews or ratings, you can find out if a potential lawyer is in good standing or if he or she has had any disciplinary action taken.
Get a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases. The law covers a vast area, so most lawyers choose to focus on a specific legal area. A real estate or divorce lawyer will be ill-equipped to handle a personal injury case effectively. If you already have a reliable lawyer who specializes in a different field, ask them for a referral to a trusted colleague who does work in personal injury.
While it may sound expensive, investing in a “specialist” lawyer is your best bet when it comes to having a personal injury case come out in your favor. This means hiring someone who has a great deal of these type of cases under his belt along with many checks in the “win” column.
Hire a lawyer located where the court your personal injury trial will be playing out is located. This ensures they can easily get to the court for your dates, plus they know the local laws and understand them to a “T”. They may also be familiar with the judges and their personalities, which can benefit your case.
Make sure the lawyer you choose has good experience with personal injury cases. Do not judge the lawyer by how many times he settled, but by what he was able to do for his clients. A personal injury lawyer may have many “successful” cases where he settled for less then he should have.
When you are injured, inform all of the necessary parties about your mishap. If you get injured where you work, speak with your supervisor as soon as possible. If an automobile accident has left you injured, then call 911 to get the police and an ambulance on the scene immediately. Have someone else make the call if you are too injured to do so yourself.
If the claims adjuster seems to be trying to get you to make a quick settlement, and you are uncomfortable with that, it may be time to hire a personal injury attorney. Getting something over with quickly usually isn’t the best route to take. In fact, doing so usually means that you won’t get a fair settlement.
Just because you saw a lawyer advertised on TV does not mean he is your best option. Pomp and pageantry doesn’t go far in court, so research all of your options and choose the one who wins the most for their clients, both in cases won and monetary damages awarded.
Representing yourself in a personal injury claim can be difficult. One of the areas that should be addressed is the type of medical authorization that you will agree to in the settlement. Will there be a time limit on the coverage? Are you restricted to a specific provider? Make sure you know before you sign a settlement.
It is important to understand what contingency fees are, because personal injury attorneys almost always operate on a contingency basis. Depending on what the court awards you in damages, your attorney’s fee will be a portion of that settlement. Always ask about this rate so that you aren’t surprised by how much of your settlement goes to your attorney.
Understand before coming to an agreement how much your personal injury attorney will be charging you. A lot of law offices keep you in the dark about their fees unless you commit to the attorney. It is important that you are not lied to, and you are clear about what you are going to pay for services. Insist on getting a printout of the attorney’s fees.
If you have been hurt, your thoughts are sure to be focused on your recovery. However, you can’t always make the financial pain disappear. Take the information included here and put it to good use.