If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident caused by another’s negligence, you have the right to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim against the at-fault party. If you are successful, your recovery may include compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and other injuries that will continue to affect you for months and possibly years to come. An experienced Illinois personal injury attorney is a valuable asset who can help you get the compensation you deserve. Having the right attorney on your side can mean the difference between winning and losing your lawsuit. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer will also help to ensure that you receive a full and fair recovery for your injury.
Four 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 lawyer has these four essential characteristics:
1. Experience You Can Trust
There are several stages to a lawsuit. During a lawsuit, you will rely on your attorney to help you make many important 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 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 in exchange for your agreement not to pursue the case any further. Claims 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 advise you to push for a better offer or try the case. The attorney you choose should have a successful track record of settlements as well as jury trial verdicts.
3. Personal Service
Personal injury lawsuits can last from several months to two or more years. So, having a good 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 their services up-front, even if you do not recover a damages award. The best personal injury attorneys work on a “contingency basis,” meaning they only get paid if they successfully get compensation for you and your family. This aligns your attorney’s interests with your own.
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