Choosing the Right Personal Injury Attorney
Choosing a personal injury attorney can be very stressful, especially after you’ve been injured. Personal injuries often completely derail people’s lives, and that is why it is extremely important that you choose an attorney with the right credentials.
What many people don’t realize is that an accident victim has only two years after they are injured to file a personal injury claim. That means that you have two years to sue someone and the longer you wait, the more difficult it can be to bring a claim and to maximize the value of your claim. Insurance companies are notorious for trying to pay as little as possible to injured parties, or paying nothing-at-all. This is where a personal injury attorney is the most helpful. But with a seemingly endless supply of injury law firms out there, how do you know which firm to select?
Here are our top recommendations for selecting a personal injury attorney or personal injury law firm:
Finding a personal injury attorney that is qualified and has your best interest in mind isn’t always easy. To make the process less difficult, sites such as Yelp, Google, and Facebook provide reviews of personal injury attorneys that have taken care of their clients and obtained settlements they wouldn’t have been able to get on their own. Do your research up front and take the time needed to find a great personal injury attorney that will fight for you.
Personal injury settlements depend on the degree and type of injuries sustained. For example, competent car accident attorneys are trained to ensure that their clients are compensated for their pain, suffering, loss of wages and out-of-pocket expenses. Often, those settlements can be $500,000 or more. The settlement amounts that personal injury attorneys obtain for their clients provide a good idea of how aggressive they will fight for you. Remember, anyone can settle with an insurance company, but getting a settlement that will fairly compensate you for the losses you suffered takes an attorney who knows what he’s doing.
Personal Injury Specialties
What area does your attorney specialize in? Some attorneys list themselves as family attorneys, probate attorneys, tax attorneys or personal injury attorneys. Now this doesn’t mean that a jack of all trades type of attorney is going to do a terrible job for you, but the question is whether or not they can become specialists in one area while focusing on so many other areas at the same time. That’s why it’s always best to make sure that you work with a personal injury attorney that only handles personal injury cases. It’s also important that you choose the right attorney for the type of injury you sustain. If you are in a car accident, it’s important to obtain a car accident lawyer (also called a car accident attorney), who specializes in car accidents. If you are involved in another type of accident you should contact a personal injury lawyer (also called a personal injury attorney). Now, you may ask yourself, doesn’t a personal injury lawyer handle car accidents? Yes, they do, but it’s best to ask for an attorney who specializes in car accidents.
Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
Also, it is vital that you check to make sure that the firm you hire doesn’t just give your case to one of their junior attorneys. What often happens is that the partner meets the client, signs a contract with them to handle their injury case and then hands that case off to the junior attorney or even to an inexperienced non-attorney. When it comes to personal injury, it is extremely important your case is handled by someone that is not going to make a rookie mistake. Always make sure to ask who is going to handle your case before you sign with any law firm.
When insurance companies go up against an attorney who has a record of settling cases with large monetary awards, they tend to stand up and take notice. Choosing the right personal injury attorney can be extremely difficult when you’re dealing with the stress of your injuries, emotional trauma, out-of-pocket expenses, and lost wages. You can follow all of the steps outlined above, but in the end, you need to make sure that you feel comfortable with the firm you’ve chosen to represent you. Get to know them and ask those questions. Don’t be afraid to look up their names online to see what people are saying about them.
Remember, a good personal injury attorney won’t pressure you to sign with them right away. They want to do what is best for you, and to make you feel comfortable with your decision. So, who do you want representing you? An attorney with a solid record of winning large monetary awards for their injured clients, or an attorney who doesn’t?
M&Y Personal Injury Lawyers have received the following awards and recognitions:
- Selected as top 100 trial lawyers in the country by the National Trial Lawyers
- Selected as top 40 under 40 trial lawyers in the country by the National Trial Lawyers
- Selected as “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine
- Recipient of Avvo Client’s Choice Award for excellent client service
- Lifelong members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Selected as “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers Magazine
- Rated as “Top Attorney” by Los Angeles Magazine
- Lifelong members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Selected as “Best Attorneys” by Rue Ratings
- American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys in California
- Recognized as America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators