How to Go About Selecting an Attorney For Your Case

How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney

While there are many factors that affect whether a client wins or loses a personal injury case, or affect the level of the settlement, selecting the right personal injury attorney makes the most difference in winning the case. So, how should one go about selecting a personal injury attorney who will get the best results, and the best settlement, for the case?

Most personal injury attorneys have free consultation. You, the client, should use the consultation not only to have the attorney assess your case, but also to interview the attorney to make sure your case will get the attention it deserves. The first indication as to whether you and your case will get the attorney’s full and undivided attention is how you are treated during the free consultation. Obviously, you should expect to discuss the case with an attorney, not with a paralegal, or other members of the attorney’s staff. After all, you are not hiring a paralegal; you are hiring an attorney to understand your case, research the facts of the case, research the law and win your case for you. You want to be able to talk to the attorney first hand, not through intermediaries.

Once you meet with the attorney, outline your case and answer whatever questions the attorney may have. You should then ask the following basic questions. The answers that you get should determine the level of comfort you have regarding the level of attention that the attorney will give you and your case:

1. Who will be handling and researching your case. Is that person an attorney or a member of the staff?

2. If your case goes to trial, will the attorney be fully involved in the litigation or would he outsource the litigation without any involvement?

3. Will the attorney be your contact at the attorney’s office? If so, will he be available during office hours as well as after hours? Would he give you access to his direct telephone, including his cellular phone?

It is a fact that at the offices of some personal injury attorneys, clients come in contact with paralegals and other office staff but never with an attorney. If the attorney responds that his “competent” staff will give their full attention to your case, get a clue. If the attorney is reluctant to give you his cellular number to contact him anytime you have a concern, get another clue.

Many of my clients have confided in me that the reason why they have not selected other attorneys before knocking on my door was the fact that they could not talk to an attorney. They were able to talk to a paralegal or other staff, but not the attorney.

If you are not able to talk to a personal injury attorney during the consultation, or if you do not feel comfortable that your case will be getting the full, undivided attention of the personal injury attorney, find another attorney. There are many good attorneys out there who are anxious to give you and your case their full, undivided attention.

Ramzy Ladah
Las Vegas Personal Injury, LLC
http://www.ladahlaw.com

Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

A medical malpractice lawyer is unfortunately a reality for many people; is it something that needs to be a reality for you? The unfortunate truth of the matter is that medical malpractice is a great deal more common than many people think, and it can affect your life for years. If you feel as though you have been the victim of medical malpractice, it is very important to seek legal help as soon as you can. Take some time and make sure that you consider what options you may have, and that you have the legal counsel to lead you down the right path.

Although we don’t like to think about it, malpractice does happen. Medical professionals are human and acts of omission and negligence can and do happen. Medical malpractice is defined as an act or omission caused by negligence that leads to harm. While this definition is very broad, it still serves to give you an idea of what is and is not malpractice. If a doctor makes a call that would be made by anyone else in that situation with the information that was available at the time, and it turns out to be the wrong choice, that is not negligence. On the other hand, if the decision was made without a regard to the facts or due to the fact that a reasonable amount of competence was not met, this is malpractice.

If you feel as though the treatment that you would receive falls into the category of negligence, consulting with a medical malpractice lawyer should be your first step. In most if not all cases, their retainer will be paid out by your compensation, so legal fees are not even an issue for you to worry about. They have the expertise to figure out if you even have a case worth pursuing, and they can tell you a great deal about what may have happened to cause it and how it could have been handled differently. If it goes to trial, they will represent you and they have the contacts necessary to call in professional witnesses.

Some people feel that they cannot find a medical malpractice lawyer because of something they signed at the hospital, like the standard waiver forms that a hospital requires you to sign before a treatment or surgery. This is simply not true. That is important enough to repeat: that document or waiver you signed does NOT prevent you from filing a valid malpractice lawsuit. There is nothing that a hospital will have you sign that can take away your right to competent treatment! When you go to see a legal professional, bring as much paperwork as is pertinent to the issue, and be ready to provide more if the lawyer requires it. Preparing for the case can be a lengthy procedure.

Remember that medical malpractice is something that does happen, and if it happens to you, that you do have rights to legal discourse. If you suspect that negligence played a part in a recent medical issue, speak to a medical malpractice lawyer at once and find out what your options might be.

Freelance Lawyers and Some Facts

To any person who is actually not very familiar with the intricacies of law, the term freelance lawyer may bear an uncanny meaning. You must have frequently heard about freelance writers or reporters, but freelance lawyer is a term which is rarely heard.

In this article I have tried to share some information with my reader friends about this topic.

Freelance lawyers are the contemporary description of contract attorneys, temporary attorneys or independent contractors.

With the emergence of legal outsourcing, one new aspect of law profession or to say more precisely, the overlooked part of law profession that has come into limelight and that is freelance lawyers.

According to ethic committee it is ethically proper for any temporary lawyer to work for any employing lawyer or law firm on temporary basis or even getting involved in the legal outsourcing companies.

Ethic committee instructs the employing attorneys that involvement of any freelance(temporary) lawyer requires consent of the client, otherwise it will be considered as a void contract. The duty of the retaining attorney increases with the involvement of the temporary lawyer on contractual basis to disclose this fact to the client.

But according to the opinion 284 of Ethic committee the disclosure of involvement of a freelance lawyer depends upon the following factors:

o Relationship of the retaining attorney with the temporary attorney or the freelance lawyer.
o Nature of legal work to be performed.
o Clients’ reasonable expectation regarding the work.

The employing attorney has the authority to supervise directly the freelance lawyer and it is not necessary for him to disclose the client that how much remuneration is paid to the temporary lawyer. The employing (retaining) lawyer may bill the client for the service on behalf of temporary lawyer according to the mutual understanding with one another. A temporary lawyer can object to any unreasonable billing against the client charged by the retaining attorney.

The motive behind engaging a freelance lawyer is to attain highly supple and lucrative contractual terms in the outsourcing industry as there has been ample scope of employment arrangement between law firms and temporary lawyers.