Accidents are an unfortunate part of life. They can happen any place and any time, usually when you are least expecting it. If you have been involved in an accident and you have suffered an injury that you believe a person or company should be held accountable for, it is important to hire a trusted personal injury attorney. An attorney will stand up for your rights in court and make sure you receive the financial compensation you deserve for the injury you have suffered. However, before you pick up the phone and call a personal injury attorney to begin your case, there are some important things you should be aware of.
1. Experience is important
Just like doctors specialize in different areas of surgery or medicine, lawyers have various areas of the law that they specialize in. Therefore, it is important to hire an attorney with many years of experience handling cases involving personal injuries. During your initial consultation with a lawyer, find out how many personal injury cases he or she has handled. How many did they win?
2. It is not always necessary to file a lawsuit
Ideally, you want to do whatever you can to avoid going to court. When a case goes to court, you will pay more money in legal fees, and there is always the chance you might lose. Therefore, it is important to try to work out a settlement with the other party to avoid a prolonged court battle. The vast majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court. It is also possible to settle a case without the need to sue anybody. Attorneys are occasionally able to contact the insurance company for the defendant with information that eliminates the need for a lawsuit to be filed in the first place.
3. Be patient
The wheels of justice sometimes turn very slowly, so you will need to be patient, especially if a settlement is unable to be reached and your case must be argued in court. Just understand that your attorney is doing everything he or she can to speed your case along, but many details will be out of your attorney’s control. When you first meet with your attorney and you explain your case, ask how long he or she thinks it will take to complete. Based on their experience, they will most likely be able to give you a fairly accurate estimate.