If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else, you may wish to file an accident claim to recover your losses. To improve your likelihood of obtaining a fair settlement, it’s important to have a skilled accident lawyer on your side. Don’t make these common mistakes when choosing a lawyer.
Selecting a Lawyer Who Promises You the Most Money
When your medical bills are piling up and you’re not sure when you can return to work, you may feel relieved if an accident lawyer promises to recover you a huge settlement. However, a lawyer can’t actually tell you exactly how much you can recover without gathering all the facts, which can take a while. That’s why you should be weary of any lawyer who promises you a lot of money during the initial consultation.
Choosing a Lawyer Based on Advertising Alone
If you see an accident lawyer’s advertisement on a billboard on a highway or TV commercial, you may assume that the lawyer is an expert. However, just because a lawyer may have spent a lot of money on advertising, does not mean that he or she is the right person to represent you. It’s important to ask a lawyer questions about his or her experience and skills before making a hiring decision.
Hiring a Lawyer with No Trial Experience
The majority of personal injury cases get settled out of court. However, there’s always a chance that your case may go to trial. For example, if the defendant’s insurance company isn’t willing to offer a settlement that covers all of your losses, it may be in your best interest to go to trial. That is why it is critical to make sure your accident lawyer has sufficient trial experience. Your lawyer should feel comfortable presenting your case in front of a judge and jury.
Selecting a Lawyer with Poor Communication Skills
When you are dealing with something as serious as an accident case, it is essential to work with a lawyer who communicates effectively with you. It should not take multiple phone calls or emails to get a hold of your lawyer. Your lawyer should also listen attentively to your concerns and answer your questions in language that you can understand