So, you’ve been injured in a car accident. Although you’re dealing with a lot right now, from the pain and suffering that has been dealt to you to the financial realities of your newfound situation, you’re probably also hopeful that taking legal action will right the wrong that has been done to you. It’s true that a personal injury lawsuit has the ability to find accountability and recover compensation, but these cases aren’t automatically won.
Instead, you’re going to have to present persuasive evidence to support your position, which can be harder said than done. When going up against an aggressive defense, you need to know how to protect your claim and push for the most robust recovery possible under the circumstances. This is why your choice of attorney matters.
There are a lot of personal injury attorneys out there. And at first glance many of them may seem the same. But the fact of the matter is that there are very real differences between the law firms that you’re researching, and the one that you settle on could make all the difference in your case.
Therefore, as you consider which attorney is best suited to represent your interests, you may want to consider each of the following:
- Experience: You want an experienced personal injury attorney on your side. Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with a newer attorney (after all, we’ve all been there) your case is too important to leave in the hands of someone who doesn’t know how to appropriately use the rules of evidence or build the most compelling legal argument based on statutory and case law, which is what a newer attorney might struggle with doing.
- Willingness to go to trial: Although the vast majority of personal injury cases end up resolving before they head to trial, you shouldn’t count on a negotiated resolution to be in your best interests. But if you turn down a settlement offer because you think that your claim is worth more, then you need to be prepared to aggressively and thoroughly litigate your case. If you have an attorney who is hesitant or even afraid to litigate, then you may be forced into a settlement that isn’t right for you or your claim may be jeopardized at trial.
- Personal attention: You should be the decisionmaker in your case, and you need your decisions to be fully informed. After all, that’s the only way that you can ensure that you’re making the choices that support your best interests. But some attorneys don’t give their clients a lot of personal attention, which might leave you in the dark when it comes to driving your claim forward. You certainly don’t want that to happen.
Be diligent in choosing your legal representation
There’s a lot to think about as you navigate your personal injury claim. And even though you might want to recover compensation as quickly as possible, you can’t let your desire to resolve your case drive you to seek assistance from an attorney who won’t give you the aggressive advocacy that you need on your side.
That’s why we encourage you to continue to research your representation options so that you can choose the attorney who is right for you and your set of circumstances. Hopefully then you can best position yourself to obtain the recovery that you need to put you on the path to recovery.