Suffering from a personal injury is always an incredibly stressful event. Not only do you have to deal with physical and sometimes even emotional trauma, but you also have to hurriedly try to get your affairs back in order. Unfortunately, the more severe the injury, the more difficult this tends to be. Severe injuries tend to come with more complications, although even the most seemingly simple injury can still be absolutely life-disrupting.
As we have previously stated on this blog, any accident that leads to significant emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and/or physical or financial distress may qualify you to seek out damages in a personal injury case. However, you may still be feeling too overwhelmed to know where to begin. For starters, what should you be looking for in a personal injury attorney?
It is important to act quickly when pursuing a personal injury claim. You want to ensure that the statute of limitations does not run out on your case. However, that does not necessarily mean that you want to pick the first attorney you find. You want to make sure you have the right lawyer for your specific case. This blog post may be able to help you know what to look out for.
Communication is the foundation of every good client-attorney relationship. This may seem obvious. Unfortunately, it is not unheard of for an attorney to go some time without keeping in contact with their client. It is true that a good lawyer should be able to take care of all the important aspects of a case for you without you having to worry about the details. However, this does not mean you should ever be left out of the loop.
It is important to know that your personal injury lawyer keeps you updated on what is happening with your case. Otherwise, it is very easy for you to slip into doubt and uncertainty. And when you are dealing with a case like yours, the last thing you want to deal with is any extraneous stress.
There can be legitimate reasons for periods of reduced activity on your case. For example, your treatment and recovery may simply be taking longer than expected. In any case, knowing what is going on with your case and why will do wonders for your peace of mind. A good attorney does not just care about your case—they also care about you. And if they care about you, they will keep in touch.
Bad communication is not just rude, it can also negatively affect your case. After all, how can your lawyer really understand your injuries if they are not there to hear you talk about it? Can they really negotiate for you if they do not fully understand your case?
Sure, it is a good thing to see that an attorney has a high rate of success when it comes to all the cases they have taken to court. However, a truly proficient attorney understands that not all cases require litigation. In other words, taking a case to court is not always the answer. In reality, it really depends on your case.
You want a lawyer who understands the complexities specific to your situation. You do not want someone who takes on a one-size-fits-all approach with all their cases. Your case really may need to go to trial—or you may not need to go to court at all. A good lawyer knows the difference and takes all the details of your case into account.
Sometimes, it is the client that does not want to take the case to court. They may consider it an excessively stressful process that they want to avoid. In such cases, your lawyer should be able to do their best to successfully resolve your case outside of the court. If you find that a lawyer’s first answer to any and everything is to take it to court, this may be a warning sign.
Many law firms advertise one thing and deliver another. They may promise you personalized service only to cycle you through a coldly impersonal process where you are left uncertain of what is happening to your case or who you are even dealing with. You may end up feeling lost in the shuffle altogether.
You want to ensure that you work with a legal team that will be with you from start to finish. By doing so, you can rest assured knowing that they know all the ins and outs of your personal injury claim. You do not have to keep repeating the same information over and over again, and you can be sure that you are receiving top-quality services tailored to your needs.
Similarly, the ideal lawyer will not give you the runaround on anything you bring up. You should not feel like there are any dumb questions or concerns when you are working with your attorney. Rather, they should give you straight-forward answers to all your inquiries. You should not feel like you have been trapped in a “bait and switch” situation.
The following are just a few of the qualities you should be looking for in your personal injury lawyer. Many of them may be able to be assessed during your initial consultation period, should you come prepared with questions and the knowledge of what exactly you are looking for. We have covered what you should expect during your initial consultation in a previous blog post. It may be useful for you to review this before you start meeting with various attorneys.
At Injury Victim Law, we understand the importance of providing high-quality, personalized service. We know that you do not want to feel like another cog in the machine. You just want to resolve your case as quickly as possible and move on with your life. Our team of experts and investigators can help. Although we are based in Colorado, we are a firm of nationwide personal injury attorneys who are experienced in dealing with a wide variety of personal injury issues. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our proficient attorneys today.