If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident that was not your fault, choosing a personal injury attorney may seem like a difficult decision. While there are literally hundreds of Texas personal injury attorneys to choose from, who you pick to represent you is and a very important choice.
If you have very serious injuries such as severe burns, closed head injury or injuries that required surgery, you should look for an attorney with experience in catastrophic injury cases. The more cases that the attorney is handled involving catastrophic injury or wrongful death, the better suited they may be to help you with your case.
Some specific injuries such as closed head injuries require specific medical knowledge in order to properly inform the jury of the consequences of head injury. If you select an attorney was substantial experience with head injury cases, you don’t have to worry about that part of the case. Likewise, serious burns can involve substantial medical treatment both in the past and in the future. A Personal injury attorney with experience in the specific injury can be a very solid plus.
Each case that a personal injury attorney accepts as three basic elements, liability, damages and ability to pay. Choosing a lawyer who has experience in the damage section as set forth above can be a very positive step. Additionally, choosing an attorney who has substantial experience in the liability portion of the case can be one of the most important choices in your analysis of the law firms. After all, if you didn’t win the liability portion of the case, the damage portion does not matter.
An attorney with experience in the specific type of case should be the first method of screening the attorneys that you are considering. A track record of success in a niche practice can be a very good indicator of both reputation and experience helpful to a personal injury victim.
There are many different organizations that rate attorneys and some are very influential and credible and others are based upon a financial relationship with the agency or company. Doing your due diligence in selecting a lawyer or law firm should include scrutiny on the “awards” granted to any individual attorney.
One of the best ways to find out if a organization is legitimate or if it is one where the attorney “pays to play” is to ask a lawyer friend about the organization granting the awards. Generally, a true “peer review” organization is a very good indicator of how other attorneys view their peers.
Do not be afraid to speak with several different law firms before making your choice.
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