Selecting the top personal injury lawyer for your injury case is an important decision. How do you know who to hire if you have been hurt in an automobile or truck collision?
Qualities to Consider:
- Specialization: Make sure he or she is Board Certified in Personal Injury. Specialized lawyers are the best ones in their areas of practice. Only 10% of Texas attorneys are. It doesn’t cost any more to hire one of us.
- Experience: You want someone who has been practicing injury law for as long as possible – preferably at least 20 years. The fee is the same as someone who recently graduated from law school.
- Reputation: Look up reviews on Google, Better Business Bureau, Avvo, lawyers.com, LinkedIn and other sites to see what past clients and other attorneys think about him. Word of mouth is perhaps the best indicator.
- Practice: Hire an attorney who only represents car and truck accident victims (not medical malpractice, toxic torts, and certainly not criminal defense or divorce).Read your attorney’s web site to learn more about his practice, experience, history and experience with cases like yours.
- Rapport: Schedule a meeting with your lawyer — not a legal assistant – and make sure he can do the best job and work with you.
Why You Need a Good Injury Lawyer to Represent You
A skilled attorney will handle all of the complicated legal, insurance, medical and financial aspects of your case. He will explain your rights under the law, advise you whether you should attempt to settle your claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company or file suit, and put more money in your pocket.
How Does the Attorney Do This?
Although each case is different, he will take these steps:
- Investigate your case to determine what happened and gather important evidence before it is lost or deleted;
- Notify all responsible parties and entities;
- Retain experts to prove the critical details about liability and damages;
- Work with your doctors and secure your medical records and bills;
- File on all possible sources of economic recovery;
- Apply Texas negligence and insurance laws to enhance your outcome;
- Calculate and prove damages that you are entitled to;
- Negotiate with your insurance company or take your case to trial to make sure you receive the maximum compensation; and
- Negotiate with hospitals, doctors, health insurance carriers, Medicare, Medicaid, workers compensation, TriCare, and other health care providers to reduce your medical bills and liens.