Understanding The Different Types of Personal Injury Attorneys

Perform a search on the Internet for the phrase “personal injury attorney” or “personal injury lawyer” and you will see thousands of law firms. Yet how do you see through those results to conclude who the most impressive personal injury attorneys are in your area? This article will allow you to ignore thousands of us dollars lawyers are paying for search engine marketing tactics and find out who are first-rate injury attorneys.

Among the first points you definitely have to check the first time looking into PI attorney websites is whether the attorney/lawyer manages just personal injury cases or do they also handle other types of cases as well. A great number of attorneys, especially those beyond the borders of big urban areas, are generally more of the traditional legal practitioners and take care of a little of everything. Just like everything else nowadays, you are going to be more satisfied obtaining a lawyer who focuses primarily on accident injury law only.

You don’t only need to track down and hire an attorney at law that exclusively does accidental injury for a living, you should also make sure that law firm is experienced in your actual sort of claim. As far as personal injury law firms go in general, when you have found a personal injury attorney that primarily takes care of PI cases for a living, then you should be alright hiring him or her for a car accident case. This kind of case is considered the bread and butter of the majority of personal injury lawyers.

Most people would be smart to narrow down the filter a little bit more if you have a complicated scenario like medical malpractice or perhaps a product defect claim. If you are facing such a law suit, you absolutely should try to find, interview, and engage a personal injury attorney who specializes in these types of cases. A good, candid injury attorney that does not do a lot of these cases will refer you to a law firm who does. The last thing a lawyer wants is to be in over their head.

The most valuable resource for any attorney at law, and you also, is time. An injury lawyer will need to have the opportunity to provide you the attorney-client support that is required along with the time to correctly look into and supervise your case. There are often 3 or more types of injury attorneys when it comes to time and the number of cases they work on at the same time.

For starters, you’ll notice the high volume level lawyers that advertise on Television. It is not unusual for these accident lawyers to control 100’s of cases at one time. Therefore, their time will be spread thin. That does not mean they won’t do a good job. They just need to have the office staff to do so.

Second, there are law offices that have just below 100 cases during a period. You probably get excellent service and positive results from those kinds of attorneys assuming that they’re good and also have high quality back office operations.

Third, you will find injury lawyers who manage a small number of cases, say beneath 50. These offer much more time to spend on you and your case.

In conclusion, two of the key questions you should be asking any prospective attorney are

1) whether they handle only 100% personal injury cases and
2) how many active cases do they have right now.

When Looking For a Divorce Lawyer You Need the Right Steps to Help You Choose

When looking for a divorce lawyer you need to way your options very carefully. This is an important decision. The choice you will have to make can make all the difference in the outcome of your divorce.

Everyone looking for a divorce lawyer wants an attorney that is easy to communicate with and one that makes you feel comfortable. The situation is tense enough without adding the stress of choosing a lawyer who you don’t feel is open to your discussions.

When you’re looking for a divorce lawyer make sure you feel you can discuss every portion of your situation openly and honestly with the lawyer before you commit to hiring. You also want an attorney that handles your personal or family matters appropriately and without stress.

Divorces without children and/or several assets can be a little easier when looking for a divorce lawyer. If you are a couple who has a lot at stake such as child custody and expensive assets, you will want to make sure your lawyer has experience or specializes in divorce and family situations.

You can always go by word of mouth from friends or loved ones. While this type of referral is good when you’re looking for a divorce lawyer, you still need to meet for an initial consultation to make sure you feel you’re making the best choice for your situation. To make sure your attorney will meet all your expectations, there are some other ways to check them out.

While this suggestion may seem a little outside the norm, it can give you a first-hand evaluation of more than one divorce lawyer at once. When looking for a divorce lawyer, you can call the local courthouse in your town and you may even want to visit during some of the divorce hearings.

Pay close attention to the lawyers. If you see one that you like, simply get their information and call them up. Seeing them in action can tell you a lot about their character and expertise.

Another way you can go about looking for a divorce lawyer is by contacting the local and state bar association. Depending on your needs, ask for a list of the divorce attorney specialists that they recommend or are members of their association.

You need to know which type you are looking for whether your divorce needs a lawyer in the business of Family Law, Domestic Law, Matrimonial Law, or Divorce Law. Knowing the category will give you a more accurate list of lawyers to go by.

When looking for any kind of lawyer , make sure you have a contract with all the specifications listed. You need to know if your lawyer requires a deposit, whether it is refundable, how they charge their clients and everything that you want done needs to be clearly stated on the contract agreement.

Most people want their divorce settled as quickly and quietly as possible. Don’t let the desire to have it all done quickly, hamper your search to make sure you find the best lawyer for you situation. Take the time up front, before you make your selection, and you’ll be rewarded once the case is closed.

Accident, Injury & Settlement Tips – I Want To Fire My Attorney!

A previous article in this series explored what your attorney should be doing for you in a personal injury (PI) case. This article addresses how to deal with an attorney who’s not doing what he’s supposed to do.

It’s always amazed me how some PI attorneys sit on a case. Think about it. PI attorneys are usually paid on a contingent fee – meaning, they get a percentage of whatever they can get for you. Why then would your attorney let your case sit idle? To be sure, the attorney’s overhead expenses aren’t sitting idle.

The answer falls neatly into two categories – either your attorney is too busy, or he’s too lazy. While the former is certainly better than the latter, neither is good for you.

Here’s the steps you should take if you suspect your attorney is too busy or too lazy:

1. Speak to or meet with a top PI attorney in your area to find out what a real attorney would be doing on your case.

These consultations are almost always free.

How do you find the top attorney in your area? Not on TV and not in the Yellow Pages. If you like, you may call me or email me and I’d be glad to help you. The best way to email me is to get your claim value by filling out the 10 questions in the Claim Calculator link below. That will give me both your email address and specific information about your case (amount of property damage, medical bills, wage loss, etc.) I’m able to find, through trial lawyer association list-serves and other means, the top attorneys in every area of the United States. I communicate directly with the attorney about your case particulars, and if he’s willing to meet with you, I connect you with the attorney so you can schedule a time to meet or speak about your case.

How do you know an attorney is one of the best in your area? Simple – he posts his million dollar results right on his website. Attorneys that I help people find are the best – their results speak for themselves. An attorney that doesn’t post their results on their website is not proud of their results. You can rest assured an attorney that has repeatedly recovered over a million dollars for individual clients knows how to successfully handle your file. Successful attorneys also have reputations that insurance companies are aware of. That reputation can make a big difference when the insurance company is deciding whether to settle for a reasonable amount or jerk around your lazy attorney until he persuades you to take a low-ball settlement.

2. Fire him or make him quit?

What happens if you hire him? It varies state by state, so check with the new attorney you meet with. Typically, attorneys are entitled to be compensated for the work they’ve done on the case up till the time you fire him. Usually, this is determined by the number of hours he worked multiplied by a reasonable hourly rate (based on his experience). He must release the file to you (it belongs to you). He may keep a copy of the file, but usually the ethical rules require the copying be done at his expense. The attorney can place a “lien” for the time he spent on your case – which is only paid if and when you get a recovery with your new attorney.

Important: If your new attorney really wants your case (and you ask for it), the new attorney will often pay the old attorney lien out of the new attorney’s 1/3 fee. In other words, switching attorneys won’t cost you anything extra. In fact, for the same 1/3 attorney fee you were always going to pay, you now have a much better attorney who will get you even more compensation for your injuries.

What happens if he quits? If your attorney quits, he can’t claim an attorney lien for the work he has done. If your attorney quits, you don’t have to worry whether your new attorney will agree to absorb the attorney lien within his contingent fee. And the new attorney doesn’t have to worry about fighting the old attorney on an unreasonable attorney lien.

A lazy attorney will usually grow tired of a client who persistently calls the attorney demanding proof the case is moving forward. Frequent calls to the attorney usually do the trick, although it never hurts to “pop by” the attorney’s office and ask to meet with the attorney, or if he’s not available, his paralegal. If no one’s available by phone or in person, insist on a day / time to meet in person. Tell them you’d like to review the entire file. When you do meet (or speak by phone), find out when the attorney intends to file suit. Filing suit forces the insurance company to hire an attorney (i.e. pay money). It also triggers deadlines the insurance company must meet. Without deadlines, the insurance company is happy to keep your money in the stock market – which is really how insurance companies have historically built wealth. That’s why insurance adjusters are trained to delay the claim as long as possible. By repeatedly demanding that your attorney file suit, or withdraw from the case so you can hire an attorney that will, you may be able to get rid of that lazy attorney.

Feel free to contact me (through the free Claim Calculator below) if you have any questions.