After an injury-causing accident, one of the most difficult issues that victims struggle with is choosing an attorney. There are literally thousands of lawyers throughout the state competing for the same injured clients, and it can be difficult for consumers to figure out how to choose the attorney that would be best for them.
Here are some of the things that you should look for when choosing an attorney after an accident.
Find a Lawyer Who Works in a Particular Area of Law
Personal injury law encompasses the representation of victims injured in a wide variety of accidents, including commercial vehicle accidents, slip and falls, industrial accidents, and accidents involving defective consumer products. You should find a lawyer that focuses his or her practice in a particular area of law. For example, if you were involved in a car accident, you should look for an attorney who holds himself or herself out as a car accident lawyer.
Make Sure Your Lawyer Handles His or Her Own Legal Work
One aspect of legal practice that many nonlawyers are unaware of is the fact that some firms have the majority of their legal work done by paralegals or refer cases to other attorneys and then share in the fees when the case is over. Be sure to ask your New Jersey attorney whether he or she uses nonlawyers for assistance with certain tasks or plans to work with another lawyer on your case.
Ask Whether Your Lawyer is Willing to Take Your Case to Trial
As an accident victim, you should be aware of the fact that the vast majority of personal injury cases settle out of court. Unfortunately, some attorneys never take cases to trial, preferring to settle them and collecting their fee without having to take the time to prepare for litigation. This often results in less compensation for the client than he or she deserves. Make sure that your attorney has taken cases to trial in the past and is willing to go to court in your case if justice demands it.
Call 973-426-0021 today for a free consultation.
If you have been involved in an accident that you believe was caused by the negligence of another person, you should call an attorney immediately. To schedule a free consultation with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer, call David H. Kaplan, Attorney at Law today at 973-426-0021 or contact us online.