5 Traits of a Good Personal Injury Attorney
Finding a personal injury attorney can be a difficult proposition.
Personal injury attorneys have gotten a bad reputation over the years. Many of them are referred to as “ambulance chasers.” However, personal injury attorneys provide much needed and valuable representation to those that are victims of another person’s negligent or wrongful conduct especially when it comes to car accidents and other accidents that happen at work.
While personal injury is not limited to just accidents and injuries at work, but they are the most common.
Here’s a quick list of common personal injury cases;
- The most common are car accidents including those that involve pedestrians
- Premise liability cases. These involve property, work hazards, and can include falling objects
- Slip and fall claims, especially at restaurants, grocery stores, and retail stores
- Medical malpractice and other malpractice related injury claims or death resulting
- Product liability injuries resulting from defectively manufactured products
Been in an Accident? Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident, consider consulting with a personal injury attorney.
Given the complexity of insurance policies, large company employers, the power of insurance companies, and the difficulty of navigating the legal system personal injury attorneys play a valuable role in ensuring their clients are not victimized and taken advantage of during the process.
In order to safeguard their plaintiffs, personal injury attorneys work hard so their clients receive compensation for their losses. The losses could include any number of things such as pain and suffering caused by the injury, loss of earnings capacity, loss of companionship or consortium, medical expenses (present and future), and much more. It is also important to know that personal injury attorneys do not get paid unless the case settles. This is quite different from other types of litigation.
In many non-personal injury lawsuits, attorneys are paid by the hour. This means that the client first has to pay a retainer and ongoing hourly rate along with other attorney fees whether or not the case is successful. Now there are many times where the facts and circumstances of the case are outside of the attorney’s control and they provide the best representation possible.
Personal Injury Attorneys Work Hard so Their Clients Receive Compensation for Their Losses
A personal injury attorney has a vested interest in your case. This creates a unique partnership/relationship between you the client and the attorney.
With so many personal injury attorneys out there, how do you know which one is best for you?
5 Traits of a Good Personal Injury Attorney
While this is not an exhaustive list, we took the time to list 5 traits of a good personal injury lawyer. They are as follows:
The lawyer and staff need to be compassionate. Personal injury clients are victims. They have been injured by the wrongful or negligent act of another party. Many times these victims suffer more than just physical injuries. Depending on the severity of the accident, some people can suffer for emotionally for years after the accident.
This can lead to other personal problems if not handled with care from the start. Therefore, the lawyer and their staff/firm should view them as a person instead of just another case.
The attorney needs to be willing to be involved in every case. Many personal injury attorneys pawn their clients off on legal assistants and paralegals. While these staff members can be valuable parts of a personal injury team, the attorney should be aware of the status of each case and invest time with each and every client.
A personal injury attorney needs to be responsive to their client’s inquiries. Whether it is a personal injury or any other matter, there is nothing more frustrating than requesting information or an update from your attorney but they never call you back. It is very important to find an attorney who timely and diligently responds to your communications.
A good personal injury attorney is thorough. Each personal injury case involves a number of potential damage elements. These can include physical injuries, emotional injuries, expenses and other losses. A good personal injury attorney will gather all of the necessary information to establish all of your damages. Additionally, the attorney will put together the information into a well-written and well-organized presentation.
A good personal injury attorney will be reasonable. Although it is never possible to determine the exact amount that any person is entitled to for pain and suffering and other subjective damages, there is an approximate value that can be assigned to every personal injury case. If a personal injury attorney takes an unreasonable position with respect to the damage amount, it will actually hinder the negotiation process and it is unlikely that the client will recover the unreasonable amount at trial.
Personal Injury Lawyers Play a Valuable Role in the Legal Process
Therefore, a personal injury attorney that takes reasonable positions will gain credibility with insurance adjusters and opposing counsel, which is necessary to obtain a favorable resolution of the case.
At the end of the day experiencing personal injury due to an accident is bad enough and can be physically and emotionally draining. That is why you need the right professionals in place in order to help you navigate your way through the process. You as the client should have only one focus, and that focus is on your recovery while your personal injury attorney focuses on getting you the settlement you deserve.
If you or someone you love has been involved in an accident involving personal injury, call the law offices of Fowler St. Clair. We’re located in Mesa, Arizona and we work to earn your trust as your partner in personal injury.