If you’ve been injured or lost a loved one due to someone else’s carelessness, you have the right to receive monetary compensation for your injury. Your recovery likely will include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and financial and personal injuries that will continue to affect you for months and possibly years to come. An experienced, well-versed personal injury attorney is your best asset to get you the compensation you deserve. The right outcome, however, requires the right attorney. Having the right attorney on your side can mean the difference between winning and losing your lawsuit. It will also help to ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injury.
4 Essential Characteristics To Look For When Choosing Your Personal Injury Attorney
Choosing the right personal injury attorney can mean the difference between winning and losing your case. Make sure that your personal injury attorney has these four essential characteristics:
1. Experience You Can Trust
There are several stages to a lawsuit, each with its own twists and turns depending on your specific injury and accident. During a lawsuit, an attorney makes countless important determinations and decisions – how much a case is worth, when to settle, when to go to trial, how best to handle an insurance company that refuses to negotiate in good faith, and more – each requiring the kind of expert decision-making that only comes with years of experience. Experienced attorneys are also up-to-date on legal developments and changes in the law, and they likely have credibility with insurance companies and the respect of the opposing counsel.
2. Proven Track Record of Success
Many personal injury cases are resolved through settlement, in which your attorney and the opposing attorney negotiate a financial payment for your injury. Cases that cannot be resolved through settlement go to trial, where a jury determines the amount of damages you recover. Experienced personal injury attorneys will not cave in to opposing counsel or to a big insurance company. Instead of accepting a quick payout or mediocre settlement, the attorney may recommend to push for a better offer or try the case. The attorney you choose should have a successful track record of settlements and trial verdicts. The law firm should be able to point to thousands of successful cases and millions of dollars recovered for their clients.
3. Personal Service
Personal injury lawsuits can last from several months to two or more years, so having an excellent relationship with your attorney is important. Good attorneys will understand your needs and be responsive to them. When you ask a question, they will listen carefully and answer it. When you are feeling overwhelmed or confused, they will steer you in the right direction. When you are hurt and suffering, they will provide you comfort and support. The personal injury attorney you choose should be committed not only to your case, but also to you.
4. No Fees Unless You Win
Avoid choosing a personal injury attorney who charges you for his or her services even if you don’t make a recovery. Good personal injury attorneys work on a “contingency basis,” meaning they only get paid if they are successful in getting compensation for you and your family.
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