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“The insurance companies know which ones will go to trial and do a good job, and which ones will not. You should too.”
After a serious injury, how do you find the best personal injury attorney to handle your case? Should you be searching for an attorney near you? What do attorneys look for in potential clients?
John H. “Jack” Hickey is an injury attorney and maritime lawyer based in Miami. In this video, he explains that there are three main criteria that you should consider if you’re looking for a good personal injury lawyer: experience with personal injury claims, board certification, and a history of successful results.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-393-1388 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Researching the background of an attorney can ensure that you are on the right track to finding the right lawyer for you. Hickey recommends looking for a lawyer that solely handles personal injury cases if that is the field your problem falls into. It’s also a good idea to look at the results from a specific attorney’s history. A track record of success is a good sign that an attorney is well-versed in their field and knows what they’re doing.
Board certification refers to a certification that lawyers can attain proving that they are specialized in one field of law or other. A common board certification is trial certification. Attorneys who are trial certified have undergone extra training in client advocacy and generally have more experience taking their clients’ cases all the way to court rather than settling outside of court. Hiring a board-certified trial attorney is especially pertinent if it seems unlikely that a fair settlement will be reached without going through the trial process. Not all lawyers are board-certified, so it’s a good idea to check before hiring one to handle your case.
Insurance companies are well aware of which attorneys have a track record of success, as well as which attorneys are more willing to take a case all the way to trial to receive maximum compensation. It’s a good idea to seek an attorney that an insurance company is unlikely to think they can low-ball with an inadequate settlement offer.
This will ensure that the attorney knows the judges in that area, has represented clients to them before, and is aware of how these judges typically handle cases. Additionally, many laws tend to vary from state to state and it is paramount that you find an attorney who understands the specifics of the law in your particular area as relating to your case.
Liability in a case refers to whether someone else was at fault for the accident, or if they allowed circumstances to arise that caused the injury. Whenever negligence was involved, whether accidental or wilful, liability falls with the negligent party.
However, in circumstances where no one was particularly at fault or the injured party was more at fault for the accident than anyone else, it is unlikely an attorney will agree to take the case. Liability has a significant effect on the viability of a case.
The second way an attorney will evaluate the viability of your case is to consider the damages. Damages refer to any significant loss that a person suffered as a result of their injury. The damages involved in any particular case is how the value of that case and the amount of compensation sought will be decided. When evaluating the value of a case, an attorney may ask for specifics based on a doctor’s evaluation. Elements such as surgeries involved, medical bills, and lasting or permanent effects on the victim’s life as a result of the injury all affect the value of a case and therefore the possibility that an attorney will agree to represent that case.
To learn more, contact Jack Hickey directly by calling 888-393-1388 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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