When you’ve been injured in a car accident or suffered an injury in any other type of accident, it is very important to chose the right lawyer to represent you. The decision to choose the right personal injury attorney to represent you should not be based on TV ads, radio ads or billboards. You need to choose a lawyer who has experience handling all types of injury cases and who knows how to take a case to trial, if necessary, to get the best result for you. Insurance companies look at the experience and abilities of the lawyer representing an injured person, when deciding what they are willing to pay to settle a claim.
With so many injury lawyers advertising for your case, both in standard media and online, it can be difficult to know which is the one that best suits your needs. To help you, here are five of the top factors to consider:
- Choose an attorney in the area – a lawyer from your particular city or county has better knowledge of the streets on which your accident occurred and/or of local ordinances that might apply to your case, than an out-of-city or out-of-state lawyer. For example, they may know that the stretch of road your accident occurred on has a high rate of crashes, which could impact who is at fault and how much of the crash they are responsible for. A Palm Beach County lawyer will be better equipped to handle a case in Palm Beach County and a North Florida lawyer will be better equipped to handle cases in that part of the state.
- Look for experience – While it may be tempting to hire a lawyer based on No Fee Guarantees or to make the decision based on who buys the most billboards, you are less likely to get the compensation that you deserve, if you hire lawyers for those reasons. A qualified attorney understands the particulars of car accident compensation, the amounts typically awarded for different situations, and the ways to work with insurance companies for maximum effect, and can help you get the maximum settlement possible. In reality, all personal injury lawyers offer a No Fee Guarantee, like the ones that advertise on TV.
- Testimonials – Ask if the firm has any previous clients who would be willing to speak with you about their experience, or if they have a record of testimonials that you can look at. Working with a car accident lawyer can be a very personal experience, and these opinions can help you understand the attorney in a way that data can’t.
- Look at their track record – Ask the law firm for examples of their previous work, especially ones that are similar to your case. If they have been successful in the past with settlements, then chances are they will be able to help you effectively too. Our firm has obtained numerous verdicts of $1 Million or more and we have handled a wide variety of cases. Partner and co-founder of the firm, Brian W. Smith, has personally handled over 45 jury trials in accident and injury cases.
If you have questions or concerns about injuries suffered as the result of a car accident or any other type of accident, contact our offices at (561) 684-6330 or toll free at (800) 443-4LAW (4529) or fill out the contact form at www.SmithVanture.com and we will call you to discuss your case for free. We offer free initial consultations and work on a contingent fee basis, which means that there is never a fee unless we successfully resolve your case.