The Importance of an Experienced Lawyer
Anyone can put on their website that they are an “experienced” law firm, but not all “experienced” law firms are created equal. That being said, the importance of proven trial experience can’t be overstated when considering hiring a personal injury lawyer, catastrophic injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer, or lawyer to defend you from a criminal charge.Actual Proven Experience
Anyone can advertise that they’re experienced lawyers, but experience can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. The word “experienced” shouldn’t automatically sell you on the right law firm. You need to dig a little deeper, and make sure you’re actually dealing with an attorney who has actual case results and proven successes at trial. If you’re potential lawyer isn’t forthcoming with case results, experience and trial history, you should be concerned. An experienced trial attorney is happy to speak about their cases and answer any questions about their trial results.Red Flags
- Lawyers who don’t have trial experience (Did you know that insurance companies keep records of the attorneys who work hard vs. those who run fast settlement offices)
- Big budget advertising without the credentials to back it
- Attorneys who don’t answer questions about their experience or case results
- Lawyers who also work for insurance companies
- Law firms who ask for money up front in serious injury cases
In just the past three (3) years the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates have settled cases for 2.3 million, 1.5 million, 1 million, 1 million, $875,000.00, $190,000.00, $352,000.00, and many other cases for injuries. All of these cases were hard fought cases, not cases settled quickly for pennies on the dollar. It was the goal of the attorneys at Coxwell & Associates to obtain a fair and reasonable settlement or jury verdict for each of the injured clients.Why You Need to be a Savvy Client-Shopper
Don’t just pick a lawyer at random, or the one with the flashiest advertising. Research the potential law firm you’re interested in and meet with the lawyer in person or on the phone. Most good personal injury lawyers will give you a free no-obligation, initial consultation. He or she will welcome your questions and share their case experience willingly. You need to be a savvy shopper when choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent your case, because this is probably going to be one of the most important decisions of your life. Chances are, you’re out of work, in the hospital or severely debilitated. Your family is suffering, and you need a lawyer with real-world-trial experience on your side. Choose wisely, and never pick the lawyer who doesn’t go to trial for his or her clients.Beware the Lawyer who Never goes to Trial
Especially in the case of personal injury law, where lawyers are frequently dealing with large, multi-national insurance corporations, beware of a lawyer who never goes to trial. One of your most important questions should be regarding how often an attorney has gone to trial. Pushy insurance companies are not looking after their policy holder’s best interests, they’re looking after shareholder’s profits. That means they’re more likely to deny claims or offer insufficient settlement amounts to lawyers who never go to trial. On the other hand, if they know a personal injury attorney is willing to go to the mat for you, they’re more likely to treat your claim fairly.Proven Trial Experience
Not only does a lawyer with proven trial experience command more respect from insurance lawyers, they also have the skills and experience necessary to persuade a jury to return a favorable verdict and substantial compensation for an injured victim. A lawyer with significant trial experience can handle the pressure of a high-stakes catastrophic injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
Questions for a Potential Law Firm
- Do you also represent insurance companies?
- Do you have time to take my case on?
- How does your contingency fee work?
- How long have you been practicing in personal injury?
- Do you have any expertise or additional knowledge that can help my case?
- Do you work with any other experts who can help my case?
- What is my case worth?
- Will you be the actual lawyer handling my case?
- Why should I chose your law firm over the others?
You typically only get one chance to try to recover compensation for your damages. Don’t trust your case to a lawyer who doesn’t have proven successful case experience and trial experience.When to Contact an Attorney
Inexperience only works out for movie lawyers like Joe Peschi in My Cousin Vinny and Matt Damon in The Rainmaker. In real life, lawyers need years of proven case experience to represent clients successfully in catastrophic injury, personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. If you or a loved one has been injured due to somebody else’s negligence, contact the skilled team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC for a free case consultation today.