When you’ve been hurt and you are in need of compensation to right the wrong that another’s negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous conduct has caused, you’re likely well-aware that you need an attorney to aggressively advocate on your behalf. The civil justice system simply doesn’t cater to self-represented injury victims and having a skilled personal injury lawyer at your side can make all the difference in the compensation that may potentially impact every aspect of your life and wellbeing.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to know who should represent your interests when so much is at stake. There are so many lawyers who practice personal injury law, it can be – very understandably – difficult to know who to trust. Thankfully, if you keep a few characteristics in mind as you’re interviewing potential professional advocates, you’ll place yourself in a strong position to find someone whose approach will meet your needs.
Experience with Cases Like Yours
Personal injury law is an umbrella term used to describe scenarios in which the negligent, reckless, or intentionally dangerous conduct of one or more parties directly causes physical harm to one or more victims. This term encompasses motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, workplace accidents, premises liability, nursing home abuse, negligent daycare providers, product liability and a host of other injurious scenarios.
Not all personal injury lawyers practice all areas of personal injury law. You’ll need to connect with an attorney who handles cases like yours and who has a record of success with similar cases. Otherwise, you can’t be sure that they’re up to the task of representing your specific interests.
Experience with Clients Like You
As an experienced Black personal injury lawyer – including those who practice at Council & Associates, LLC – can confirm, conscious and subconscious biases within the legal system can unfairly make or break an injury victim’s case. As a result, if you’re a person of color or a person with a disability, if you’re a woman or someone from a disadvantaged background, or even if you engage in activities that are perceived as reckless for fun, it’s important to work with an attorney who is aware of the biases you’re going to face and who understands how to overcome them successfully to your advantage.
Dedication and Focus
Some personal injury firms do everything they can to represent as many people as they can. They focus on achieving a specific quantity of clients. This approach can water down the service and value of representation that each individual client receives.
The outcome of your case is going to affect your wellbeing, as well as your family’s. If a firm’s approach is leading you to feel like you’re “just another case” to them, it’s time to walk out the door. You deserve representation from an attorney who is going to treat both you and your case with respect, compassion, dedication and focus. Both you and your case deserve nothing less. Knowing when to say “no” to an attorney is just as important as knowing when to say “yes.”