If you’ve been a victim of an injury, choosing the right attorney is the most important decision you can make for your case. Insurance companies keep highly skilled teams of lawyers on staff, ready to defend against personal injury claims. You can be sure they will work hard to make you settle for less than you deserve.
Don’t just hire the first attorney who comes along. Bringing an experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyer with you, with a record of victories in court, will help you get the full compensation for your injury. There are a few simple questions you can ask beforehand to help pick the right attorney.
- What type of law do they practice?
You want a specialized, personal injury attorney. Some attorneys are general practitioners who handle a variety of cases. Personal injury law is too complex for anything other than a skilled specialist. The lawyers working for the insurance companies specialize in defending personal injury cases. You will need an experienced personal injury attorney to get the highest possible settlement.
- How are their fees structured?
There is a widely accepted standard for how personal injury attorneys charge. Ordinarily, they offer a free consultation to discuss the merits of your case. If they agree to take your case, it’s also standard to not be charged a fee unless the suit is successful. Be sure to ask about the case “expenses.” Some attorneys require their client to pay for all expenses themselves. Others will pay their expenses out of pocket and are reimbursed from the recovery. Be sure to discuss who will pay for expenses, especially in the event that the case is lost.
- What percentage of their cases are referrals?
Nobody knows who the most experienced lawyers are better than lawyers. An attorney who receives a significant amount of referrals is one who has the respect of his peers. Ask about where your attorney gets his cases, and be wary of an attorney who does not have a good relationship with others in his field. No matter what, avoid hiring a lawyer who has sent you a solicitation letter. These law firms scour accident reports for the name and address of the victim and then bombard them with solicitations to represent you. Lawyers such as this usually handle “fast turnover” cases, and are willing to settle for much less money if it means moving on.
- Do they have the resources necessary?
A trial lawsuit takes time and money to be successful. If the law firm can’t afford to give your case its full attention, they may be willing to take a smaller settlement. Make sure your attorney is prepared for the expenses and manpower necessary to prepare a court case and to go to trial if necessary.
- How often do they go to court?
Many lawyers don’t ever see the inside of the court room. Being experienced with jury trials is a specialization many lawyers don’t have. However, the insurance companies have teams of attorneys who are used to being in front of a jury. To get the best possible result, you need a lawyer ready to go all the way.
- What sort of reputation do they have?
Be sure that your attorney has a good reputation in your community. There are many peer rating services, such as the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Registry, who provide annual rankings of attorneys based on the opinion of their fellows. The National Board of Trial Advocacy certifies “civil trial attorneys” who have an extensive background in the courtroom. Always research what sort of organizations your attorney belongs to before you pick one.
When you need legal representation from a tenacious personal injury attorney turn to Ramtin Law. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.