When it comes to choosing a lawyer, we know you have options. There are a lot of attorneys out there who say they handle personal injury cases, but finding the right one can mean the difference between a successful outcome and a disappointing result. Before you hire a lawyer, ask yourself the following questions:
Does the lawyer offer personal service?
Hiring a lawyer is a highly personal decision. There is a reason you will never see our firm advertising on the side of a bus- it’s just not who we are. We take the time to know our clients. Your file will be more than just a number in our cabinet and that level of personal service is why almost all of our business comes from word-of-mouth referrals. We believe there is no better advertising than a happy client.
Will the same lawyer handle your case from beginning to end?
One of the benefits to choosing a smaller firm is that the same lawyer will be involved in all stages of your case. From the initial investigation through discovery and trial, if necessary, it is important that your lawyer be familiar with the specific facts of your file.
Does the lawyer specialize in personal injury cases?
Unlike some law firms that handle everything from bankruptcy to wills, we only handle personal injury cases. If you needed shoulder surgery, you would go to a doctor who specializes in shoulder surgery, right? The same holds true for choosing a lawyer. We know personal injury because that’s all we do.
Does the lawyer have experience?
You know the old saying- there’s no experience like experience. With more than six decades of combined experience, we have seen just about everything. Insurance companies and their lawyers have been using the same old tricks to minimize claims and avoid paying damages for decades. We know their tricks and how to avoid the pitfalls that can destroy your case.
Will the lawyer go to trial?
You might be surprised to learn that some lawyers never go to court. Insurance companies track their claims and know which lawyers will go to trial and (more importantly) which lawyers won’t. If your lawyer settles all his cases to avoid going to trial, it’s unlikely the defendant’s insurance company will take his settlement demand seriously. While most of our cases settle before trial, we are prepared to go to court if the insurance company refuses to make a reasonable offer.