Undoubtedly the most important decision of an injured person looking for recovery is selecting the right personal injury lawyer. However, New York is filled with accident and personal injury lawyers whose qualifications and skills may significantly vary. So how to find the right lawyer?
Although this task may seem challenging at first, following tips should help you.
First of all you should start your research by narrowing it to lawyers whose major expertise is representing people in accident or personal injuries. Next, scrutinize lawyer’s experience and recent successes both in courtroom and settlements. While the latter one are relevantly easy, successive representation in a trial case is much more demanding, and not every lawyer can handle it. In accident and personal injury cases, injured clients need an experienced attorney who has a good reputation for substantial settlements and high jury verdicts.
Why is this so important? Cause accident or personal injury cases can be often marathons, and then, skill, ability and reputation for trying cases are critically essential when it comes to investigating, litigating, settling or trying an accident personal injury case. The law firm you are looking for should have time and resources to combat with insurance companies, what often is time consuming process and requires expensive service of expert witnesses.
You should understand that, a dedicated and willing to fight for your case, is a lawyer who doesn't outsource it. Thus, the best choice is a lawyer or small team to care for you and you alone. Big firms often will not be able to handle your case and follow through on all assignments as diligently and scrupulously as a devoted and specialized small law firm.
No matter how experienced and well-recommended a lawyer is, if you feel uncomfortable with that person during your first meetings, you may never achieve an ideal lawyer-client relationship. In addition, if English is not your first language, you should definitely look for a lawyer who speaks your native language. Accident cases can be very complicated and you need a lawyer who will explain the law and your rights in the most understandable manner. Proper communication will guarantee that you will feel more comfortable and secured. A good lawyer, is one who is in contact, keeps you up to date, and fights for your rights zealously.
It’s essential to understand that the lawyer you eventually confide your case is actually working for you, not the other way around. At the very end your case is at stake.