Choosing a Lawyer
Deciding on a lawyer to handle your personal injury case can be a daunting task.
There is a tendency to believe car accident cases are relatively straightforward, and thus virtually any injury lawyer will do.
It’s not only proving who is at fault for the accident, but also the extent of that fault and whether the injuries for which one is seeking compensation were in fact caused by the crash and are as serious as the alleged.
There are also the complexities of Massachusetts auto insurance law with which to contend.
If the crash was caused in whole or in part due to a defective vehicle or defective vehicle part, your legal team must be familiar with product liability law in order to ensure you receive just compensation.
The facts of a case are important, but those facts have to be properly acquired and timely presented in a compelling way. It can also be equally important in these cases to request suppression of any prejudicial evidence against you.
All of this makes choosing an injury lawyer to handle your auto accident case an important decision.Finding the Right Kind of Attorney
There are many different kinds of attorneys who practice vastly different areas of law. Some lawyers will offer a myriad of legal services, ranging from divorce law to criminal defense to injury litigation. While it’s good to have a lawyer with experience, you want an attorney with the right kind of experience.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey Glassman, our focus is solely on the representation of the injured. That’s the kind of experience that matters when you’re taking on a large insurance agency or trucking company in the wake of a serious or fatal traffic collision.
It matters from the very start of the case. An attorney with extensive personal injury law experience can accurately assess the merits of your case and decide the best legal strategy for obtaining just compensation.
Additionally, attorneys who practice certain areas of law tend to keep apprised of updates on case law in that field. Law varies from state to state and sometimes even among jurisdictions within the state. It’s fluid and evolving and it’s imperative for your Massachusetts injury lawyer to have the most up-to-date relevant knowledge that could impact your case.
The fact is also, attorneys who are inexperienced in this specific area of law may find themselves on a sharp learning curve when negotiating with insurance companies and other defendants or in preparing a case for trial if those negotiations fall falter. Access to expert witnesses and personal injury trial attorneys known for winning verdicts against insurance companies is also imperative when it comes to bringing large corporations to the negotiating table.Lawyer Experience and Resources
Experience is essential. In particular, courtroom experience is key.
Typically, your attorney will first work toward negotiating a settlement in your favor. However, if those efforts are not successful, he or she must be prepared and willing to take the case to trial.
This means you need to look for an injury attorney who has a history of successes in negotiations and at trial. If a car accident attorney is well-established in the field, it will be easier to act with efficiency and effectiveness in assessing and investigating the case, gathering important evidence, securing expert witnesses, filing important documents and requests and ensuring your case continues toward a successful resolution.
Another thing it’s important to assess is the resources of your chosen law firm. The fact is, car accident cases can quickly become expensive to pursue. It’s worth it when you have a strong case because of the ultimate return. However, there are costs associated with procuring expert witness testimony of accident reconstructionists, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, and others. You need to make sure your legal team has the appropriate resources to cover the cost of these expenses up front.
For the most part, attorneys handling personal injury cases do work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they are paid when you are paid. But this means it is critical for your attorney to be financially secure. You need to be sure there are adequate resources necessary to prove your claim.Dedication and Commitment
Your injury attorney should be committed to your case.
An injury lawyer may have all the knowledge in the world, but if he or she is not dedicated to putting all that knowledge to use and fighting for your rights, little will result.
You should feel comfortable speaking to your attorney truthfully. Ask for recommendations from other clients. Seek other opinions. A good attorney will not be offended by your diligence.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman, we understand the injury law legal process can seem overwhelming. We take very seriously the trust placed in us, and we will remain steadfast advocates of your rights and best interests.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman today for a free and confidential consultation.
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