What Should I Look for in an Accident Attorney?
You want fair legal representation, from an accident attorney you trust.
If you have been injured in an accident, you need an experienced, personal injury lawyer to fight for your rights. Personal injury lawsuits require hours of time, and usually at least some travel. After getting hurt, you should be focused on recovering from your injuries, and not worrying about how to build your case. The best personal injury and accident attorneys can take over the duties of gathering evidence, getting the facts, talking to witnesses, handling settlement negotiations, getting your case ready for trial, and more. You want fair legal representation, from an accident attorney you trust.
When looking for a personal injury lawyer, you want someone who has extensive experience handling accident cases. You want an accident attorney who has years of experience handling personal injury cases, and has a track record of settlements, judgments, and victories in the courtroom, so you can rest assured you’re in the best position for success.
You want an attorney who can determine how much your case is worth.
While you are recovering, the last thing you want to do is focus on valuing your lawsuit. You might not know how to calculate what your claim is worth, affecting the amount of compensation you could receive. A good personal injury lawyer can help you assess your claims, and help you determine how much your case is worth, and then can fight to help you recover that, whether it’s through settlement negotiations, or trial.
You want a trial lawyer.
Nobody likes to escalate conflicts. But, sometimes it’s necessary to help you get the compensation you’re entitled to. Most cases settle. But, other cases go to trial. So, you’ll want a lawyer who knows exactly how the court processes work, how to explain that process to you, and how to create a compelling story for the jury. You want a trial lawyer.
You want someone who will fight for you to the end.
Lots of lawyers take on cases, try to settle them before filing lawsuits, and if they can get some quick cash, great, and, if they can’t, they send their clients packing to find a new accident attorney. Those lawyers give all lawyers a bad name and everybody knows who those lawyers are. Insurance companies and defendants know the lawyer will probably never file the lawsuit, let alone take the case to trial, so they lowball the plaintiff, and never offer what the case is actually worth. You want someone who will fight for you all the way to the end.
BTW, we are not ‘those lawyers’.
You also want a personal injury attorney who can be objective. We handle bike accident, motorcycle accident, and car accident cases, and cases involving pedestrians. Unlike some lawyers, we do not take every case that comes through our doors. For example, if you are riding your bike along Highway 68, and a car veers off the road a little and hits you, injuring you, we would probably want to help you. That would be an example of negligence on the driver’s part, and you could file a personal injury lawsuit and we would proudly represent you. However, say you were driving the wrong way on Highway 1, and you ran into someone, you can’t really blame the person you ran into, and so we probably wouldn’t take on that case. Although some lawyers would. The internet is full of lawyers bragging about recovering money for their client who was driving drunk, going the wrong way. We are not those lawyers.
Unlike TV shows, litigation is not a fast and easy process. Most TV shows start with a client getting hurt, seeing a lawyer, and then their case goes to trial by the end of the hour-long show. In real life, cases take years to get to trial. They involve countless hours visiting accident sites, talking to witnesses, looking at computer screens, reviewing documents, asking questions, and fighting for answers. They also involve waiting, lots and lots of waiting. Sometimes cases go to trial, and get appealed, taking even longer. Litigation is already uncertain. The last thing a lawyer wants is to be uncertain about their client. The last thing you want is a lawyer who is unavailable and unresponsive. People are busy, and believe it or not, lawyers are people, so they get busy too. But, you want a lawyer who makes themselves available and responsive to you. You want a lawyer who gives you their email, their cell phone, and promises to provide regular updates even when that update is just, “Still waiting for the Court to make a decision. Hope to hear something soon.”
The best lawyers are always honest with their clients.
Lots of lawyers will tell you that you have the best case. It’s easy to fall for flattery. Unfortunately, flattery will get you nowhere. The best lawyers are always honest with their clients, even if it’s not good news for their case. That honesty helps you have a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your case. That honesty also makes that lawyer more credible in the eyes of the other side, the Court, and the jury, which should help your case.
Some personal injury lawyers are in it for the money. Others are in it for the chance to right wrongs. Those lawyers are motivated to help people solve their problems. They don’t mind the long hours, the painstaking research, the numbing reviews of thousands of pages of documents, or the sleep deprivation of trial, because that means positioning their clients for successful settlements and judgments.
If you have been injured in an accident, you should probably find a lawyer. You’ll want a lawyer who is fair with you, experienced in handling personal injury claims, able to determine how much your case is worth, a trial lawyer, objective, available, responsive, honest, and motivated. Personal injury attorney John McCarthy is nationally recognized as a top accident attorney. He has been recognized by numerous bar associations, and even the American Bar Association for his skills. He has a perfect 10.0 rating on the independent rating site Avvo, and has been included in the list of Northern California, and San Diego Super Lawyers. We offer a free, confidential case-evaluation, which goes straight to John’s inbox. If we can’t help you out, we’ll try to point you towards someone or something that can.
Reach Out to us…
If you have been hurt in an accident you only have a small window to file your claims to get the justice you deserve. Get started today at www.californiapersonalinjurylawfirm.com/case-evaluation.
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Your responses will go straight to John’s inbox. John will review and respond by the end of the business day. If John thinks he can help, he’ll email you a link to schedule a free consultation with him. If John doesn’t think he can help, he’ll email you resources to help you understand the law, find a qualified lawyer to help you, and take steps to protect your rights. No waiting around.