Have you or a loved one recently suffered an accident through no fault of your own? Many people today find themselves in this situation particularly with automobile accidents and workplace mishaps. It's best to understand your rights as a victim immediately after the accident occurs so that you can ensure you're protected and eligible for the proper compensation for your pain and suffering.
You basically have two choices when it comes to a personal injury lawyer. In the first case you can select a top personal injury law firm that has perhaps many dozens of lawyers in their firm. Usually these large firms have a very long and lengthy reputation in the local community. They are well-known and have much experience in litigating personal injury cases in the courts. One of their main drawbacks is the fact that they are so big. You as a victim will receive less personal service from the large law firm that you might expect or desire. Oftentimes, much of the legwork is done with paralegals who work in the law firm below the actual lawyers. Although these paralegals have knowledge in the law and are proficient what they're doing in most cases, their customer service and personal skills sometimes can be lacking.
On the other hand, if you've suffered an injury due to accident, you may in fact decide to choose a private injury attorney in your area. One simply has to browse the local yellow pages in their phone book to usually find a large number of choices of personal injury attorneys who may be willing to take their case. The advance for using a private attorney in this case to handle the personal injuries litigations is that of more personal service. Although the attorney may also have a paralegal employed under him or her, the client usually receives far more personal service directly from the attorney via e-mails and/or phone calls on a regular basis.
It can be more reassuring to the client to actually speak to the real attorney on this regular basis and simply by conversing with the legal assistance in larger law firms. Also, in many cases the private lawyer will be more aggressive in following up in the litigation process. In this case, it may be thought that the individual attorney has more to gain since the outcome of your case any compensation he receives will not have to be split among the other partners or employees of a larger firm. This fact alone can make an individual lawyer focus better on winning the case.
But regardless of whether you choose a large law firm or individual lawyer to represent you in an injury case, always do your homework and do some research on that lawyer or firm by contacting the state Bar Association to check and see if there are any grievances or protests filed against those specific attorneys. Although almost all attorneys will at some point have some grievances filed against them if they practice law long enough, if there seems to be a long-term pattern of complaints against a particular firm or attorney, it may be best to move on and find a different lawyer or firm.
by: Steve Weber
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