Personal Injury Law
A personal injury lawyer is a lawyer that represents people who sustained an injury to their mind or body as the result of tortious conduct. Such lawyers are also commonly referred to as "plaintiffs" lawyers because they represent the injured person - that is, the one that initiates a lawsuit (the lawsuit is filed against the "defendant" - the person or entity that is legally responsible for the injury). There are various civil causes of action that fall within the scope of personal injury law, and countless fact patterns that give rise to the need to retain a personal injury lawyer. From motor vehicle collision to the more outrageous cases, such as a child who was raped at school because of negligent hiring of a sexual predator by the school, every type of injury falls within the scope of personal injury law.
Wherever there is an injury to the mind or body, personal injury law is at issue. While some lawyers limit their practice to certain fact patterns that gave rise to an injury, we have a breadth of experience throughout the field of personal injury law, and therefore, do not limit our practice. If you or a loved one suffered any type of injury, regardless of the cause, you can contact our office.
Common Claims and Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injury
Spine and Cord Injuries
Scars, Burns, Disfigurement
How Do You Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Choosing a lawyer can feel like choosing a new primary care doctor. You want someone that is experienced and well trained to do the job right, someone with whom you can trust and openly communicate, and someone that will be around for a while. While there is no right way to find a personal injury lawyer and any lawyer licensed to practice in the relevant jurisdiction can practice personal injury law, the following can help get you thinking about where you might want to begin your search.
Probably the most important consideration is finding a lawyer that has the knowledge and expertise to obtain the best possible result in your case. You can evaluate a lawyer's knowledge and expertise by checking the State Bar website to see if the lawyer has any disciplinary history. You can also ask a lawyer about their experience - what types of cases they have handled, the results they obtained, etc.
You should retain a lawyer that is a good fit for you. You do not want to retain a lawyer only to find there are communication problems because of personality differences. Take advantage of a free initial consultation (most personal injury lawyers offer these) to evaluate the lawyer's personality and fit with yours... and listen to your gut instinct.
Not Retiring or Moving Tomorrow
While some personal injury related cases can be resolved quickly, there are many factors outside of the injured person's control and the control of their lawyer. When a lawsuit is filed, it can take upwards of a year and a half (or longer) for a case to get to the trial date. Statistically, most personal injury cases will settle prior to trial, but for those that don't, you might want to consider whether your lawyer intends to see your case through to the end. Lots of baby boomer lawyers are entering retirement years.
Asking friends and family is one of the best ways to find a lawyer.
You can also search the internet - review attorneys' websites and client reviews.
Consider whether you will be a file number in any given firm. In the industry, there are law firms that are referred to as "mills" because they run high volume practices - lots and lots of clients. Ask a prospective lawyer how many active cases they are responsible for and do the math. Will you and your case get the attention you are expecting?
Consider whether a firm only dabbles in personal injury law. Laws are constantly changing and the lawyers that are regularly practicing in the field are most likely to be fully apprised of any changes in the law that could impact your case.
Ask the lawyer if they will be the one that works your case or if they intend to pass it off to someone else in their firm. You might be shocked to learn that your case will only be overseen by the lawyer you think is going to do the work on your case.
IF YOU FIND YOU RETAINED A LAWYER YOU DO NOT LIKE OR IT IS JUST NOT WORKING, DON'T BE AFRAID TO FIND A NEW LAWYER. Note: you should consult with a new lawyer before terminating any existing retainer agreement so that you can evaluate the impact changing lawyers might have on your case.