If you were just injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent actions of someone else, you may be considering filing a personal injury claim against them. Doing so will enable you to both bring them to justice for their irresponsible choices and obtain compensation for the losses you endured.
When you want to get the most out of your claim, you should always reach out to an experienced attorney. But how do you know if the lawyer you’re interested in hiring is going to be able to win your case?
The short answer is, you don’t. Every case has at least some chance of resulting in an unfavorable outcome, but there are certain characteristics you can look for when you want a top lawyer to represent your case.
One of the most important traits a top lawyer will have is a high-quality education. You’ll want to work with an attorney who took their schooling seriously and went to an accredited institution where every aspect of tort law was covered.
You won’t be able to tell just by looking at your lawyer what their education credentials are, but you will be able to ask them about where they went to school during your free consultation.
Most firms representing claimants who’ve suffered critical injuries will offer their prospective client this opportunity. During your meeting, you can treat it like an interview for your attorney. Only a top lawyer will take the time to answer these questions you have.
Experienced in Tort Law
Although the attorney you’re considering may have the education requirements you’re looking for, you don’t want to work with a lawyer who is fresh out of college. Although they have passed their boards and graduated, they won’t have experience in Court.
Your top lawyer should have at a minimum 5+ years of experience in investigating the cause of your accident, gathering evidence, establishing liability, quantifying your damages, presenting them in Court and winning.
Compassionate and Aggressive
Your lawyer could have the education and experience you’re looking for, but all of that won’t mean a thing if you don’t have an attorney who is both compassionate and aggressive.
Your top lawyer should have an understanding nature and be sympathetic in regards to what you’re going through, while still being able to fight aggressively in negotiations with the insurance company and in Court to achieve maximum compensation for your suffering.
During your initial consultation, you should feel comfortable asking your attorney “How will you fight for me?”. If they don’t have an answer that makes you feel empowered, they aren’t the attorney for you.
Choose Your Attorney with Care
It may seem like an easy decision, but in all actuality, you want to do everything you can to win your claim against the liable party and choosing the right attorney for you is an important decision.
Top lawyers will have a combination of high-quality education, experience, compassion and aggressiveness in the Courtroom. Consider all of these characteristics and how they apply to your potential lawyer before you move forward with hiring them.