Using Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Written by Greg on October 12, 2013
Attorneys are kind of like doctors; there are some who are general practitioners and some who specialize in certain types of cases. If you had the flu you would probably go to a general practitioner, and if you had need of neck surgery would probably go to an orthopedic surgeon.
For those who have been seriously injured in a construction accident or other incident, selecting the appropriate attorney is an important first step in preserving your rights.
While there are general practitioners who handle personal injury cases, they also handle many other types of matters and may or may not have the specialized knowledge necessary to advance the case.
One of the ways potential clients can choose an attorney is to research the attorney’s track record in the specific type of case that they have. For instance, those injured and an 18-wheeler accident would probably want to find a lawyer who had substantial experience in truck accidents.
Research should include checking out the rating of the attorney with particular emphasis on peer review rating from such entities as Martindale/Hubble. Ratings from other attorneys who have worked with the attorney in question can give a very good idea of that attorney’s ability and ethics.
Another issue that potential injury clients should consider is who will actually handle the case? If you sign up with this law firm will the senior partner be the one who actually handles the case or will an associate handle the case with the partner only picking up the case at the end?
The issue here is whether a potential client is getting the benefit of the experience that they thought they were choosing when they interviewed the attorney. For this reason, many clients tend to avoid volume practices in an attempt to keep from being in a case number.
That is not to say that general practitioners cannot do a good job on a personal injury case, only that the more experience an attorney has in the personal injury arena generally the better for the clients.
Choosing an injury attorney who practices only in personal injury or wrongful death is usually the best option on a very serious case. If the case does not involve substantial injury or a fatality, the need for experience may not be quite as important.
When selecting an injury or an accident lawyer, a prudent client will consider researching the attorney in question and the law firm before making a decision.