When should I talk with a lawyer?
It is best to involve a lawyer in your claim as soon as possible so that problems are dealt with and resolved immediately. Problems may crop up in your claim that are not apparent to you but would be readily apparent to a lawyer. It is easier to deal with problems promptly when they arise, rather than to go back and correct old problems. A lawyer can see that your case is developed thoroughly from the start, including investigating your case and communicating with the insurance companies. A lawyer can also work with your doctor or doctors to make sure that the medical records support your claim.
Most importantly, when you are recovering from an injury, it can be very frustrating to tend to all the details in a legal claim. When you know a competent lawyer is handling your claim properly, and that you are being relieved of that responsibility, it makes it easier to focus on feeling better and getting back into normal life. The benefits of a good and caring lawyer are much more than just the final result in your case.
How do I know which lawyer to hire?
There are many good lawyers. Shop around. You want a lawyer with substantial experience. Consider not only the lawyer’s credentials, but how the lawyer answers your questions. Be wary of the lawyer who promises you the moon, because injury claims are always risky and there is no way of knowing in advance how much money will be received in any particular claim.
The ultimate factor in choosing a lawyer is trust. The best lawyers will take the time to talk with you in detail about your claim and answer your questions directly. If a lawyer tries to pressure you into signing up, be cautious. If a lawyer spends more time marketing his or her skills than answering your questions, you probably want to look elsewhere. But when you feel confident about a lawyer, and the lawyer is the type of person you would feel comfortable working with, you have probably found the right one. Trust your instincts.
Will I be given individual attention, or will I be just another file?
Without exception, you and your case will be given individual attention. We understand what it is like to be injured and have to make a claim in order to be compensated. Our job is to take care of your claim completely so that you don’t have to worry about it. Your job is to let go of your claim and let us do our job so that you can focus on healing from your injuries and getting on with your life.
We believe that if we can help give our clients peace of mind, we can help them get over their injuries better. There is typically a psychological element to a physical injury. Whether you yell in frustration when you hit your thumb with a hammer, or go into a deep depression with a seriously disabling injury, an injury is more than just the changes in the body’s tissues. Frustration over being treated improperly or ignored by those you depend on can aggravate the emotional side of your injury and actually interfere with your healing and recovery. You can become more sensitive, not just in how you feel, but in how your body responds to your injury. Having to fight for your rights in your claim can encourage you to “defend” your injury by bringing every symptom to the surface for the world to see. The physical and emotional components can play on each other, sending you into a downhill spiral.
Our mission is to carry the weight of your claim so that you don’t need to focus on it. We are not doctors and we cannot give you medical advice. Nor are we a lending institution that can help you pay your bills. But we are legal experts who can be your strong advocates. We want to work with you as a worthy person, not as a file or a claim number. Our clients are not numbers. Our clients are people.