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What You Need To Look For In Your Personal Injury Attorney

Being hurt is one of the most stressful situations possible especially when it is accompanied by a long rehabilitation process. This is combined with frustration when the injury is no fault of your own but rather the fault of another party due to a mistake or negligence. Hiring a personal injury attorney needs to be done immediately in these situations as there can be time limits on how long you have to file a lawsuit against the party at fault. Not all personal injury attorneys are created equal as some are much more competent than other when it comes to getting the highest amount of compensation possible.

Trial Experience

There are some law firms that avoid going to trial as they do not have experience and it is much easier just to accept a settlement offer. The last thing that you want is to receive half of the settlement amount than you rightfully deserve. You should look into a few different law firms and ask them to see trial experience. Those willing to show you should be the ones you pick while you should just politely leave when trial results are kept in secret.

Experience In Your Local Areas

Experience in the local area is important as insurance companies tend to use the same lawyers so this can be a huge advantage. If you hire the right lawyer the insurance company or individual might be better off offering a fair settlement than wasting time with a case they know they are going to lose if they take it to trial. There are certain law firms or lawyers that command the attention of others in their area of expertise. Finding one of these law firms to represent you can allow you to have peace of mind knowing you will receive some sort of compensation.

Percentage of Settlement Charged

Every law firm takes a different amount of the settlement awarded and many firms do not accept compensation until they have won the case. For less solid cases these firms might reject your case as they feel like it could be too difficult to win and they do not want to work without being paid. Do not allow a bulk of your settlement to be taken when you can find a firm willing to take a smaller percentage without sacrificing quality of representation.

Areas of Expertise

Not all personal injury cases are the same as there are those people that specialize in car accidents while others stick to trucking or motorcycle accidents. These types of lawyers can still work in areas like product liability but might be much more apt to win a case in an area that they work in habitually. The lawyer’s website will have the areas that they commonly work in which can include everything from car accidents to dog bites like that of Patino Law Firm.

If injured by another party take the time to use the above tips and research which law firm will be best at representing you in the case of the suit going to trial. Receive the compensation that you deserve!





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  1. I never knew there were sub-specialties for personal injuries, but I can see how such would be the case since there’s a wide variety of injury cases, as you mentioned. My husband was in a small automobile accident last week, so we will need to be sure to look for attorneys who have experience with auto accidents specifically. Thanks for mentioning that suggestion in your article; I feel like we have a much better direction in our search for help.

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  2. Kate Welling says:

    I like how you mentioned that not all personal injury attorneys are created equal. This is great to remember, especially since my husband just got hurt in a biking accident. Someone was distracted when driving and hit him! He’s in the hospital right now and wants to press charges, so I will be sure to look for an attorney with these skills.

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  3. I like how you mentioned that not all personal injury lawyers specialize in the same thing, so it’s important to find one that specializes in exactly what you need for your case. My husband was recently hit by a car while he was riding his bike, and is in need of a good lawyer. I will definitely keep your great tips in mind when choosing a great lawyer to help my husband get the compensation that he deserves.

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  4. I have a sister that got into a work-related accident, and she wants to be sure that she finds a qualified professional to help her. I really appreciate your comment about making sure to find a personal injury attorney that has experience in the local area. I will be sure to forward this article to her, and hopefully, that will be able to give her some guidance in finding a great attorney.

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  5. Erika Brady says:

    It’s great that this article mentions how personal injury attorneys can specialize in various areas, such as car accidents or dog bites. Knowing the specialty and experience of the lawyers you’re considering would be useful to figure out which one has experience with similar situations. In order to learn about their areas of expertise, you could check out their website and set up a consultation with them to determine which one can help with your personal injury case.

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  6. Ellie Davis says:

    Thank you for these tips on finding a personal injury attorney. My husband is needing to find the best attorney possible. I’ll have to do some research and find the right one for him.

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  7. Larry Weaver says:

    Thanks for the advice to meet with several different law firms to learn more about their trial experiences. My wife was hit on the head by a beam at a carnival, and I want to get legal help so that my wife can recover properly. I’ll meet with several law firms to find one that has had similar experiences to my wife’s case to ensure we can get legal help.

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  8. Steele Honda says:

    Thanks for pointing out what to look for in a personal injury lawyer. I am looking for an attorney that can help my brother after his accident. I think that it would be really good for him to get a professional outside perspective on the whole thing.

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  9. It’s great to know more about hiring a personal injury lawyer. I love how you said that they need to have experience in your local area. My brother was in a car accident, so we’ll find a local lawyer.

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  10. Adrian Jones says:

    Looking for a personal injury attorney shouldn’t be too hard especially when it comes to dealing with filing a lawsuit for the damages that you’ve suffered while getting injured in the line of duty. Looking for an attorney who specializes in these kinds of cases should be the go-to since they’re the ones who know the most about what happens in when cases are filed. If I had the chance to look for a personal injury attorney, I would definitely go for the ones who have handled a lot of cases similar to what I would be potentially filing for.

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