So you’ve been injured as a result of the negligent or reckless conduct of someone else and you would like to pursue your legal rights to compensation for your losses. Odds are, you’ll probably want to secure the services of a Martin County personal injury attorney for help with this process. Navigating a case without experience or knowledge of this type of law is both confusing and stressful, and more often than not yields undesirable results.
However, with so many different lawyers out there, how do you know you’re getting one that’s going to not only give you the representation and advocacy you need, but give you the best chance at the outcome you’re seeking? Well, there are a few things you should look for. We’ll discuss five of the most important things to take into consideration on this blog.
You’re Comfortable Around Them
Arguably the most important part of your case is a strong and trustworthy relationship with your attorney. You’ll be discussing a lot of private and often uncomfortable details about everything from your personal life to your medical status with your lawyer, so you need to feel completely safe and be capable of placing your utmost trust in them. Just know that if your lawyer is asking you a question that seems deeply personal, they have a good reason for doing so and they’re going to use that information to help them pursue an ideal outcome for you.
They Have Experience in Personal Injury Law
You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix your plumbing, would you? For that same reason, you shouldn’t hire a criminal defense lawyer to help you with a personal injury case. Personal injury law is different and unique from all other types of law in many ways, and that means you want an attorney on your side who has the knowledge, skill, and experience from handling these types of cases in the past. In fact, it’s highly advised that you retain an attorney who only handles personal injury or workers’ compensation cases so they’ll have the most detailed and familiar knowledge of how to handle your case correctly.
They Listen To You
An attorney-client relationship is a two-way street, and that means a quality legal advocate is going to listen to you and your story, find out how your injury has impacted your life, and use what you say to fight for your rights and the best possible outcome. They’ll want to know what your goals and expectations are, and they’re going to make them the primary priority in your case. While an attorney has a duty to make sure your goals and expectations are realistic and guide you down a proper path to success, they should also make sure you’re the boss of your case at all times.
They Have a Past Full of Successes
A quality attorney will likely have a long track record of success, both in terms of testimony from previous clients and awards or accolades from different organizations. It’s not rude to ask your attorney about their history, and in fact most attorneys relish in the opportunity to brag about the massive settlements or verdicts they have earned in the past or the prestigious awards they have received. Many attorneys have practiced law for years, and these awards are some of the highlights of their life’s work.
They’re Clear About Their Fee Structure
When you’ve been injured and are strapped financially because of the huge losses you’ve sustained, the last thing you want to deal with is paying the high costs of an attorney, especially when those costs are sprung on you without your knowledge of expectations. A good attorney will discuss their fee structure with you in detail before you sign a retainer contract so you know exactly how much you’ll need to pay for their services and when you’ll have to pay those fees. Most personal injury lawyers operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning they receive a percentage of the verdict they are able to recover on your behalf. However, you should still ensure that you won’t be charged for things like office work hours or paperwork filing fees before your case has completed.
If you’re looking for a qualified attorney represent you, call Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today at (866) 675-4427 for a free case evaluation!