When you have been injured in an automobile accident, a slip-and-fall accident, or any other incident attributable to the actions or negligence of another person, you may need to take aggressive legal action to ensure that you receive full compensation for your injuries. Unfortunately, recovering damages in a personal injury case can be very difficult without responsible representation from a qualified legal professional. Choosing the right attorney can make a world of difference in the outcome of your case so it is important to consider your options carefully before making a decision.
If you have been hurt and are looking for an injury lawyer to assist you in filing a claim or a lawsuit, there are many factors to take into account, including:
Type of Accident and Areas of Focus
Just because an attorney practices in the realm of personal injury law, it does not mean that he or she has experience with the type of accident or situation that caused your injuries. If you have been injured in a car accident, you will need a lawyer who understands traffic laws and how to work with auto insurance carriers to resolve difficult cases. Likewise, if you slipped and fell on a hazard in a grocery store or were bitten by a dog, you will want your attorney to be experienced with such cases and the applicable laws.
Sharing Your Objectives
The definition of a “successful” lawsuit or personal injury claim may differ from person to person. For some, it may be recovering just enough to get back to a normal life—which may be attainable through a fairly quick settlement process. For others, the situation may be more serious and success means holding the liable party publicly responsible for his or her (or its) actions or negligence, with the possible imposition of punitive damages.
From the outset of your case, you will need to decide what you hope to achieve with your claim or lawsuit, and then choose an attorney whose approach matches your intentions. If a low-key financial settlement will meet your needs, a lawyer with strong negotiation and mediation skills may be ideal. If your case is likely to require extensive courtroom proceedings, you will need a seasoned litigator on your side. If you are unsure of what it will take to resolve your case, an attorney with ability to handle both settlement talks and courtroom litigation may be your best choice.
Personality and Connection
While it is true that you do not necessarily need to personally like each and every professional with whom you do business, some relationships are more important than others. For example, if you needed back surgery following a car accident, you may have only a handful of interactions with the surgeon who worked on you. It mattered very little whether you liked the surgeon or not; your relationship, for the most part, did not affect the surgeon’s ability to help you.
The same is not true with a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will be your advocate, which means that there will need to be a high level of trust and efficient communication. That is why a face to face consultation is so important in choosing a lawyer. When you meet with a prospective choice, you will be able to gauge how well you think you can work together and whether the lawyer inspires confidence and trust.
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At the Woolf Law Firm, LLC, we handle a wide variety of personal injury matters, from car and truck accidents to premises liability concerns and wrongful death suits. To learn more about our firm or to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Hartford personal injury attorney, call [[phone1]] today. Let us show you how we can provide the representation you deserve.