4 Secrets to Hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you have been injured in an accident or suffered any other type of personal injury that was the fault of another person or party, you deserve to be fully compensated. The process of recovering compensation is not easy, however. In the vast majority of cases, the other party is not likely to freely admit fault and willingly pay you for all of the damages you have suffered.
Most often, you will not even be dealing with the other party directly. Instead, you will have to seek compensation from their insurer. And as you probably already know, insurance companies are in business to make a profit, which means they will do everything possible to protect their bottom line. In order to recover full and fair compensation for your injuries, you will most likely need to hire a personal injury lawyer.
Finding the right injury lawyer to handle your claim can be a complicated and confusing process. There are dozens of personal injury law firms in Pensacola alone, not to mention all the other towns in the Florida panhandle and along the Gulf Coast. With so many options out there, how do you know which firm is the right one to represent you?
Here are four things to look for when hiring a personal injury lawyer for your claim:
Depth of Legal Experience
Personal injury is a complex area of the law that also overlaps with many other areas. The injury law firm you hire should have extensive experience with a wide range of cases; from minor fender benders to the most complicated medical malpractice claims to all points in between. Your legal team should have the depth of knowledge to handle your claim confidently and have the proven ability to bring your claim to a successful conclusion.
Reputation and Record
You want to choose a Pensacola personal injury firm that has been around for a while and has a well-established record and reputation. Read over their online reviews from Google, Facebook, Avvo, and other places to find out what past clients are saying about them. We all know that you cannot judge a firm by one or two reviews; it is helpful if you can find a healthy quantity of reviews to read over, so you can get a good sense of what it will be like working with this firm. You should also take a look at what reputable legal organizations say about the firm. For example, have any of their attorneys been recognized by Super Lawyers for their work? What other awards and recognitions and they received?
Anyone can splatter their photo on billboards all over town or flash their phone number all over the television, but neither of these tells you anything about the firm’s reputation and record. It is important to dig deeper than that, so you know that this is a firm you can trust to represent your interests and fight hard for the just compensation you deserve.
Resources and Trial Experience
While most personal injury cases settle before going to trial, there is still the possibility of litigation. The injury law firm you hire should be strong both inside and outside the courtroom. Ask them how much trial experience they have, and what their track record is litigating personal injury claims. Your lawyer’s approach should be to fully prepare for trial from the outset and have the ability to bring in expert witnesses from various fields to help substantiate your claim and secure maximum compensation. Oftentimes, the credible threat of litigation will motivate the other side to come to a reasonable settlement. And if they are not willing to negotiate in good faith, your lawyer will be ready and able to pursue full damages at trial and upon appeal (if necessary).
Caring and Commitment
The last thing to look for when hiring a personal injury law firm is what may be referred to as the “intangibles.” In other words, the feeling you get when you speak with them about your case. Do they seem to truly care about your situation? Do you get the feeling that, if they take your case, they will be committed to fighting for you until the very end? At the end of the initial consultation, you should have a very good idea of whether or not this is a firm you feel comfortable working with.
Looking for a Personal Injury Law Firm in Pensacola FL? Contact Whibbs Stone & Barnett For a Free Consultation
If you or someone close to you was injured through no fault of your own, the experienced attorneys at Whibbs Stone & Barnett are here to help. Call our office today at 1-888-219-4561 or message us online to schedule a free consultation and case assessment. We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and we look forward to serving you!