New York City Personal Injury Law Blog
Looking for a Personal Injury Lawyer. Seriously?
Posted on Oct 5, 2014 in Personal Injury
It is an inevitable meeting. When walking down the road, or while driving down the freeway, you will invariably come upon this sight. They are everywhere; those macho looking lawyers that stare down at you from huge posters and billboards and promise to win your case for you and bring home every single penny that was ever owed to you.
With arms folded across their puffed-up chests, and an air of menace around them they tell you that they are ‘serious’ lawyers who only take on ‘serious’ cases and are ‘serious’ about winning. Well, which lawyers isn’t? every lawyer worth his salt wants to win the case for his client because not only does a win bump up the lawyer’s reputation, it also ensures that the client can pay the lawyer his fees.
So, when you need a good personal injury lawyer to fight yo
ur ‘serious’ personal injury case, how do you choose between all the mean-looking lawyers out there?
Finding the right legal help
The first thing you need to see is how good the lawyer is. Does he have a solid reputation and is someone trustworthy recommending him to you? You also need to see if the law firm is teaching you something valuable about your own problem. Anyone can make a TV or radio ad and proclaim how serious they are about winning cases for their clients.
But the law doesn’t work that way. There are legal rules and procedures you need to know about before you can even file a case. And only the best lawyers will ever be honest about the chances your case has of standing up in court against an expert defense. The best lawyers will also provide you with free literature and videos that can help you understand the nuances of the law so that you can understand better the course your trial is taking and why your lawyer has to make certain decisions during the course of the trial.
Understanding the law
A marvelous lawyer would always try his or her best to explain the legal process before his customers come knocking at his door. A personal injury case depends almost entirely on proving the defense’s negligence and showing that the negligent action was the cause, or one of the causes, for the injuries you have suffered. This is known as causation. Also, it is important to understand that even if you think you are owed a certain amount of money as compensation for your losses, the final sum given to you will be decided by the jury.
You may be swayed by emotions, but the jury only looks at hard facts and makes its decision. A fantastic lawyer will tell you all of this and much more, before you even step through his door. Why? Because this is the kind of information that will help you choose a lawyer that fits your requirements and you need this knowledge before you decide to run around town looking for the best attorney. Not after.
Integrity speaks volumes
So, do not get taken in by the clichéd adverts that promise you an easy win. Go with a lawyer who tells you the truth without sugar coating. He may not appear seriously menacing, but if he’s not afraid to be honest then he can’t be too bad either!