How to Go About Selecting an Attorney For Your Case

How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney

While there are many factors that affect whether a client wins or loses a personal injury case, or affect the level of the settlement, selecting the right personal injury attorney makes the most difference in winning the case. So, how should one go about selecting a personal injury attorney who will get the best results, and the best settlement, for the case?

Most personal injury attorneys have free consultation. You, the client, should use the consultation not only to have the attorney assess your case, but also to interview the attorney to make sure your case will get the attention it deserves. The first indication as to whether you and your case will get the attorney’s full and undivided attention is how you are treated during the free consultation. Obviously, you should expect to discuss the case with an attorney, not with a paralegal, or other members of the attorney’s staff. After all, you are not hiring a paralegal; you are hiring an attorney to understand your case, research the facts of the case, research the law and win your case for you. You want to be able to talk to the attorney first hand, not through intermediaries.

Once you meet with the attorney, outline your case and answer whatever questions the attorney may have. You should then ask the following basic questions. The answers that you get should determine the level of comfort you have regarding the level of attention that the attorney will give you and your case:

1. Who will be handling and researching your case. Is that person an attorney or a member of the staff?

2. If your case goes to trial, will the attorney be fully involved in the litigation or would he outsource the litigation without any involvement?

3. Will the attorney be your contact at the attorney’s office? If so, will he be available during office hours as well as after hours? Would he give you access to his direct telephone, including his cellular phone?

It is a fact that at the offices of some personal injury attorneys, clients come in contact with paralegals and other office staff but never with an attorney. If the attorney responds that his “competent” staff will give their full attention to your case, get a clue. If the attorney is reluctant to give you his cellular number to contact him anytime you have a concern, get another clue.

Many of my clients have confided in me that the reason why they have not selected other attorneys before knocking on my door was the fact that they could not talk to an attorney. They were able to talk to a paralegal or other staff, but not the attorney.

If you are not able to talk to a personal injury attorney during the consultation, or if you do not feel comfortable that your case will be getting the full, undivided attention of the personal injury attorney, find another attorney. There are many good attorneys out there who are anxious to give you and your case their full, undivided attention.

Ramzy Ladah
Las Vegas Personal Injury, LLC
http://www.ladahlaw.com

Information on Personal Injury

Personal injury at the workplace depends on the type of work one engages in and as such the variations in the types. This is the main reason this form of injury cannot be limited to bodily harm such as broken bones, lacerations etc. There are four categories of personal injury, the most common being the physical type. This one includes all types of illnesses, bodily damage brought about by self or third party negligence or even disability. Cases of this nature presented in courts of law often involve injuries that are carried out on a person’s body.

This might sound interesting but the other type of injury is financial injury. It is important to first note that financial type of injury is in most cases linked to bodily injury since it often incurs through the payment of medical bills, buying of medication, court cases etc. Though it is in very rare occasions, it is possible to sustain financial injury without first undergoing the physical one. In such a scenario, a person’s financial stability is threatened or even their property massively devalued owing to the negligence of a third party. This is another form of personal injury that forms a basis of numerous court cases.

The other form of injury is injury to reputation. In other terms, this is the type of injury responsible for causing a lot of emotional discontent and mental anguish. When well executed, this type of personal injury can also cause significant amounts of financial injury. A perfect example of this is slander, which is perpetrated through the word of mouth or defamation which is published. Media houses have been the commonest victims of court cases involving such types of injury owing to the content they publish regarding both individuals and corporate entities.

The fourth type of injury is intentional injury and this type results from the failure to fulfill a responsibility, something that leads to the harming of others. Note that, the failure to fulfill the responsibility is intentional and the level of negligence is so gross that it ends up being intentional. This form of personal injury can be married with the financial type, in cases where an employer intentionally delays the workers’ salaries or better still fails to pay them knowing very well that the duration that they are supposed to be paid has already lapsed.

Experts advise that you need not wait for bodily harm to seek the services of an attorney. Personal injury exists in the various forms as shown above and as such it is only important to seek legal services once you feel that your personal rights have been abused. For you to be always in the know in regard to whether or not you need to seek legal services regarding affliction of personal injury, you have to be regularly seeking information from a qualified person. You might be surprised at other types of this type of injury which are going to be included in the above categories in coming years.

Compensation for Your Harms and Losses in a Personal Injury Claim – What You Should Know

In Florida, each year approximately 3,000 people die due to traffic crashes. Many more each year are seen in Florida’s emergency rooms following serious car accidents. According to a recent a report, accidents cost $164.2 billion, each year.

If you sustained injuries in a motor vehicle crash due to another’s carelessness, you may recover money damages for the harms and losses you sustained from the at-fault party.

Evaluating a personal injury compensation claim

In order to determine whether you have a claim, an effective accident injury attorney should quickly establish that another party’s careless or negligent conduct caused your harms and losses. This is oftentimes initially done by your attorney evaluating the damage to the vehicles, visiting the scene of the crash, reviewing the crash report, interviewing witnesses and through evaluation of traffic laws.

Documenting Harms and Losses

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle crash, your personal injury attorney will review your medical and employment records and meet with you to discuss the demand for payment from the at-fault driver and his insurance company. In addition to payment for past, present and future medical bills and lost time from work, you are also entitled to compensation for disfigurement, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, pain, inconvenience, among others.

Sources of Compensation for your Harms and Losses

All too often, Florida drivers do not maintain bodily injury coverage, meaning coverage for you if they case a motor vehicle accident. If that is the case, your attorney will determine if you maintain uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage to pay for your harms and losses. If neither applies, your attorney will look into the financial condition of the at-fault driver to determine if he/she has the ability to pay a judgment relating to your harms and losses.

What to Look for When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring an accident attorney as soon as possible after a crash is critical, but hiring the right attorney is equally as important. The size of an attorney’s phone book ad does not coincide with the skill of the attorney. Here are a couple important factors to consider when hiring an injury attorney:

1. Ask attorneys and friends or family for a recommendation,

2. Ask the attorney how many personal injury cases he has litigated,

3. Ask the attorney what his/her game plan is for your case,

4. Ask the attorney about his/her caseload. If an attorney has 200 cases, that is probably a sign that he/she will take in most cases and not have much time to spend on your individual case.

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