Personal injury cases are frequent occurrences in the United States. These are cases that involve civil wrongs or damages — physical or emotional — caused by another person or organization’s negligence. Examples of these cases include ones involving slips and falls in places with hazardous materials, animal attacks, car and motorcycle accidents, defective products, burn injuries, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.
How to Select a Personal Injury Attorney
If you believe you have a viable personal injury claim against someone, it’s important to know what to look for in a personal injury attorney. Here are some examples of attributes that a good personal injury attorney should have:
Knowledge of the Law, Specifically of Their Specialty
Personal injury lawyers are highly knowledgeable about tort law and typically specialize in a specific type of accident or injury. For instance, an attorney who litigates medical malpractice cases could have a specialty in brain surgeries or breach births. One who regularly handles car accidents may have in-depth knowledge of ATV rollover incidents.
A competent personal injury lawyer should also stay up to date on legal precedent and statutory changes and be able to give you a clear explanation of how the law applies to your case given the facts and evidence.
Understanding of Medical Concepts
Although not all personal injury attorneys specialize in medically-related cases like malpractice, they should have at least some basic familiarity with jargon related to different types of injuries. They may not be qualified to give you proper medical advice, but they can inform you about things like an injury’s prognosis, diagnostic criteria, and estimated cost, for example. Some attorneys could even refer you to reputable healthcare providers.
Medical knowledge becomes especially vital if you need to go to trial and your lawyer needs to cross-examine any witnesses.
A personal injury attorney doesn’t necessarily need a lifetime’s worth of expertise to be the perfect fit for your case. However, he/she should be able to prove they have successfully litigated other cases that are similar to your own before taking you on as a client.
Often, the best lawyers are the ones who are sincere with their clients and won’t sugarcoat anything. A competent personal injury lawyer will clearly explain all the pros and cons of your case and how to address the latter. Good attorneys may also be unafraid to be honest about how certain actions or behaviors can affect your case and should be able to tell you if you have a realistic chance of winning your case if it goes to trial. Honesty is an important factor in terms of knowing what to look for in a personal injury attorney.
Dedication to Your Case
A proper personal injury attorney will treat your pain and suffering with an appropriate level of seriousness and will be genuinely committed to helping you gain proper compensation, both physical and financial. One major indication of dedication is how they react when obstacles in your case occur, like when a witness becomes unreliable or the defendant’s legal team is unwilling to consider reasonable settlement offers. Additionally, a proper lawyer should not pressure you into taking courses of action you are uncomfortable with.
Strong Trial and Negotiation Skills
A good personal injury attorney should also have strong courtroom and negotiation skills in the event that your case does go to trial. How a lawyer prepares before said a trial is also an indication of their competence. He/she should be transparent in his/her communication with you and know how to create a compelling story about you that will elicit empathy from a judge and/or jury and persuade them to rule in your favor.
Ultimately, a good personal injury attorney should have an easy way of getting in touch with him/her, have mostly positive online reviews, and always have your best interests in mind. He/she will first and foremost seek justice and not simply a paycheck.
Seeking More Information About Personal Injury Cases
Speak to the experienced personal injury attorneys at Parnall & Adams Law in Albuquerque, New Mexico to learn more about your potential case.
Charles Parnall is a career civil litigator, and David Adams is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney, They handle clients with the utmost dedication and care, and boast extensive experience with cases involving motor vehicle accidents, SUV rollovers, birth injuries, pharmaceutical injuries, swimming pool accidents, dog bites, fires, electrocution and explosions, and premises liability claims.
Parnall & Adams will guide you through every step of the process and provide you with recommendations on what your best course of action is. They will also return your calls the day they are received and offer a 24-hour voicemail, but will ultimately make sure they communicate with you in person. Among the damages they can help you recover are medical expenses, loss of companionship and guidance, loss of household services, and punitive damages. Call Parnall & Adams today or contact them online for more information about what to look for in a personal injury attorney or for assistance with your case.