You’ve been in a car crash, had a slip and fall accident, got bitten by a strange dog, or suffered some other injury due to no fault of your own. You might have doctor’s bills and other medical expenses to pay, and you’ve undoubtedly been physically and emotionally affected by what happened. Now what?
Now it’s time to bring your experience to the attention of a qualified personal injury attorney. He or she will help you decide your next step, which might be a lawsuit or negotiation for a financial settlement from the insurance company of the responsible party.
You need to contact a lawyer as soon as possible after your injury. Here’s what you need to know before you place that critical call.
Does the law firm and lawyer have a background in personal injury cases? Some law firms don’t carry personal injury as a skillset, but they’ll tell you that they handle a case or two. You’re better off with a firm with a focus on this very distinct area of the law. Your case is too important to trust it to anyone in the legal community but the most qualified.
Does your lawyer have courtroom knowledge? Maybe it will never go that far. Perhaps your lawyer will earn you an acceptable financial settlement in negotiations. That happens a lot. But if it doesn’t, you need someone on your side with experience dealing with cases like yours. A civil trial is no place for training wheels.
Does your personal injury attorney have a track record of success? Anyone can promise you results. But what does that promise mean? Your lawyer should have experience with winning results for personal injury clients. Don’t be afraid to ask for case histories.
Is your lawyer someone who cares and is listening? Your injury might have caused a great deal of pain and discomfort and disruption to your life. It helps to have a lawyer who understands how you feel and is a source of strength in the courtroom.
If you ask a few questions and do a little research before placing that first phone call, you can find a law firm and a personal injury attorney who understands your case and supports your needs. Call Campbell & Associates today for a personal injury firm that’s helped over 35,000 individuals receive fair settlements. Call 704.333.0885 to schedule your free consultation.