If you recently sustained physical and/or psychological harm due to an accident (car accident, slip-and-fall, dog bite, etc.), you may be experiencing emotions such as frustration, anxiety and trauma. You may have several questions regarding what steps to take following your accident, including how to file a claim, what information and documents you should compile and submit, and what type of legal representation to hire. In these types of cases, you should enlist the help of a personal injury attorney.
5 Things To Look For When Hiring A Personal Injury Attorney
Although each personal injury case is unique due to the specific cause of the accident and the circumstances under which it occurred, all reputable attorneys who specialize in this legal area — known as tort law — share certain qualities. Here are five things to look for when hiring a personal injury attorney.
Attorney With A Focused Practice
The first characteristic you should consider when seeking a personal injury attorney is whether an attorney specializes in tort law or whether they handle a wide variety of cases. A focused practice is generally a good sign that your attorney will be able to fully concentrate on your case.
Experience Handling Personal Injury Cases
You will benefit most from hiring an attorney who has experience taking cases to trial. Many attorneys who do not have trial experience instinctively try to reach a quick settlement and don’t consider other options. Insurance companies can often distinguish between both types of attorneys. Therefore, be sure to choose your representation carefully. If your attorney has extensive experience handling your specific type of personal injury case, this is also generally a sign that you are in capable hands.
Proven Track Record
Most victims of personal injury accidents consider just compensation their main priority. One of the best ways of ensuring this is by hiring an attorney who has a proven track record of helping clients receive full compensation. An experienced attorney should also be able to deliver a settlement or a full and fair trial verdict. The higher the number of successful cases as well as the wider the variety in the types of cases that an attorney has handled, the better.
Selecting An Attorney Who Represents Personal Injury Victims
Most personal injury cases must be investigated thoroughly and require extensive preparation. Therefore, you should select an attorney who will allocate the resources necessary to hire medical professionals and accident reconstruction experts. If your attorney hires a team of assistants to help with your case, this is a good sign.
Attorney Who Will Take Your Case On A Contingency Fee
A contingency fee agreement entails that your attorney will only get paid if you receive just compensation for your injuries. The riskier your case is, the higher the contingency fee percentage your attorney will typically request. This percentage typically falls somewhere between 25% and 40%. In a contingency hourly agreement, your attorney will maintain a log of the number of hours worked and you will thus pay your attorney based on an hourly rate.
Also, keep in mind that should you win your case, you will likely need to pay certain litigation costs, such as court and filing fees and costs associated with obtaining evidence, such as. receiving copies of medical records and other important documents.
Ultimately, you should choose a personal injury attorney who will devote ample time and resources to your case. It may also be a good idea to seek referrals from other attorneys and satisfied clients who can attest to your attorney’s competence.
Speak To The Personal Injury Attorneys At Parnall & Adams Law
Reach out to the experienced attorneys at Parnall & Adams Law in Albuquerque for more information on how to deal with your personal injury case. As career civil litigators and prior federal prosecutors, we understand that each case is unique and therefore, every person’s needs and priorities are different.
At Parnall & Adams, we are highly knowledgeable about New Mexico’s laws and have extensive experience dealing with several different types of personal injury cases, including car and truck accidents, birth injuries, medical malpractice, dog bites, and construction site injuries. We can help you recover many different types of damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of household services, and punitive damages.
We can also guide you through the complexities of the legal system and represent you in court if necessary. Call Parnall & Adams Law today at (505) 886-4446 or contact us online to learn more about our services or to request a consultation.