â€œLife is full of changes. And surprises. And the inexplicable(s).â€Â If you have suffered an injury – which could be either physical or psychological â€“ as a result of somebody elseâ€™s mistake or negligence you are entitled to seek compensation in a court of law. No fault injuries can occur at work, in a public place like a store, the mall, or the street, at a hospital, or while you are driving. Sometimes these incidents involve a product or a service. What they have in common is that they are all a result of someone elseâ€™s bad practice, and a lawyer can help you win compensation to cover the cost of treating the injuries that they caused, as well as lost income and distress.
How to choose the right personal injury lawyer
Itâ€™s not difficult to find leads; there are names, numbers and ads pretty much everywhere. However, for the best results you need to look for a good personal injury lawyer, someone you can trust to do a great job, and here are some tips on how to find one.
They should be licensed in your state
This means they are both familiar with how the law is applied in that location and be permitted to represent you.
They should be from a thriving law firm
This is for the simple reason that most personal injury lawyers work on a â€˜no win-no feeâ€™ basis, so they must be able to cover all upfront costs of putting a case through trial, which often involves employing specialists in various fields to offer evidence. For example, Tario Law has been in business for 35 years so would be a good option for anyone living in Bellingham.
They should be specialists in personal injury
This isnâ€™t a topic that can be generally be offered alongside other aspects of the law (by the same lawyer) if you want the benefit of someone who is fully focused, and up to date with statute revisions and other factors influencing change. Dedicated personal injury certification isnâ€™t a must, though of course, that would be a nice bonus.
They should be respected in the field
A personal injury lawyer who has good standing with colleagues, judges, and insurance agents, based on ability, professional attitude and commitment to the job starts a case way ahead of someone without that status. Itâ€™s not unknown for insurance companies to automatically settle when they find out a top class trial lawyer is representing the plaintiff.
They should be approachable
Donâ€™t settle for a personal injury attorney who doesnâ€™t recognize and value you as a person. They should be responding to queries you have in a very reasonable time frame, willing to answer any questions you may have, and including you in information sharing sessions where appropriate. Use the opportunity to have a short no-obligation meeting with a potential lawyer before committing to them to make sure you feel comfortable with, and reassured by, their attitude and approach.
A good personal injury lawyer will be happy to discuss their experience in previous similar cases in an honest and balanced way, without needing to inflate figures or make unrealistic promises regarding your situation.