What To Look For In An Attorney
The attorneys at our law firm have represented thousands of Murrieta auto accident victims and their family members since 1995. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car, motorcycle, truck or bus accident, the following are five questions you should ask before choosing a lawyer to represent you.
Five Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
- What Types of Cases Do You Handle?
Despite popular perception, personal injury is a complex, nuanced, and difficult area of law. When going up against insurance adjusters and defense lawyers who fight personal injury claims on a daily basis, you need an attorney with just as much experience and dedication who can help level the playing field-if not tip it in your favor. If an attorney tells you that personal injury is just a small part of his or her caseload, you will likely be better off with somebody else.
- How Long Have You Been Representing Personal Injury Victims?
As a result of its complexity, personal injury is an area of law where experience is invaluable. Experienced attorneys have a better understanding of the laws and issues involved, and are in a better position to effectively negotiate with the insurance adjusters and defense lawyers trying to deny your claim. In fact, insurance companies keep track of personal injury lawyers’ success rates, and they are more willing to settle when an experienced attorney is involved in the case.
- Do You Have Experience in Insurance Defense?
In settlement negotiations and litigation, it is a substantial benefit to know what is in the opposing party’s playbook. Attorney Steve Gnau brings this experience to our law firm, and he uses it to his clients’ benefit in fighting for financial compensation.
- Do You Charge for the Initial Consultation?
Some lawyers charge initial consultation fees. Sometimes these fees are used to support a slow practice; other times they are used to lure potential clients into feeling committed to hire the lawyer to represent them. At our law firm, your initial consultation is always free, and you are under absolutely no obligation whatsoever to hire one of our attorneys.
- What Do You Know About the Medical Aspects of Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is unique because it requires an in-depth understanding of complicated and constantly-evolving medical principles in addition to the relevant legal doctrines. You can be a personal injury lawyer without studying the medicine behind the claims, but you probably will not be as successful as an attorney who knows why injuries occur, how long they take to heal, and what long-term implications they have for their victims. At our law firm, our attorneys pride themselves on being some of the most knowledgeable in the business when it comes to understanding the medical aspects of their clients’ injuries.
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