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Five Things to Look For in a Personal Injury Attorney

Being injured in a car crash is traumatic. For individuals who suffer significant injuries, the consequences to one’s health, financial well being and family is often considerable. If you’re in this position, you deserve to be fully compensated by taking legal action against the negligent party that caused the crash.

Once you decide to seek compensation, you need to find an attorney who will be able to represent you throughout the process. Consider the following as you consider who you will retain:

Experienced and Knowledgeable

You should have an attorney who has decades of experience handling auto crash cases. Proven success in the courtroom, evidenced by verdicts stated on the attorney’s website, is an excellent barometer to the attorney’s ability to obtain the highest possible settlement. Insurance companies respect attorneys with proven track records.

Compassion for victims

You need to have someone on your side who understands your situation. Having a lawyer who’s compassionate will help you to feel comfortable as you share how the crash affected various aspects of your life with the attorney.

Passionate about fighting for clients

An attorney who is passionate about fighting for his clients will do his best to obtain maximum compensation for you. The passion will shine through as he works to obtain the settlement that’s in your best interests. A clear history of securing victories in cases like yours serves as evidence of this passion.

Understanding local court systems

While courts within New York follow the same laws, there are some subtle differences in how they operate. Having an attorney who’s familiar with the local court system helps to ensure that your case is handled in the most effective way possible.

Knowing how to determine future damages

You only have one chance to seek compensation. Once your case is settled, you can’t go back and ask for more money. Your case should include compensation for damages for bills and expenses that you’ve already incurred, and equally important, compensation for future projected medical and wage loss. A skilled attorney understands how to account for all losses related to the harm you have suffered.

Good communication skills

You need a responsive attorney as you go through the legal process. Your phone calls and email inquiries should be answered within a reasonable amount of time.

Ultimately, the attorney you choose should be someone you are comfortable with. You must be able to trust him to handle all legal aspects of the case so that you can focus on healing and moving on with your life.