Many injured people feel overwhelmed and anxious after an accident, and end up calling the first attorney they see on television or the yellow pages promising to get them the “money they deserve.”
But what should you look for in a personal injury attorney? Is falling for that slick ad promoting “six figure settlements” going to get you the best advocate (and best outcome)? Not necessarily. So, what should you consider when selecting an attorney for your injury claim?
Attentive and Available. Big law firms have a lot of staff, high overhead, and need to churn a lot of cases to support those expenses. Non-attorney staff take the lead in managing cases, usually until they are ready to go to trial. Your attorney will likely not be familiar with your case until it is ready to settle or go to trial. But, when an attorney has an intimate knowledge of the details and impact of your injuries on you along the way, it results in better outcomes – both at settlement and at trial. This requires the attorney to be in contact with you and monitoring your treatment from the beginning.
Knowledge and Experience. A brand new attorney may offer a lower fee, or seem to make up for lack of experience with their motivation, but outcomes are better with an advocate who has experience and knowledge. 90% of cases settle, but trial experience is important – it sends a message to the insurer that your attorney is ready and willing to litigate, and (if your case doesn’t settle) having an attorney who has seen the inside of a courtroom will likely improve the case outcome.
Caring and Compassionate. You should feel like your advocate cares and wants to get the best result for you. Your attorney should genuinely care about your treatment, and have compassion for your struggles. This warmth not only helps you feel comfortable throughout the process, but it shows to a jury – and results in better outcomes.
Bottom line: You need your attorney to be a part of your team.
We are on your team during treatment. We are there to make sure your insurance company is treating you fairly and paying your medical. We are there as a sounding board for you during your treatment plan and recovery. We can suggest specialists for your treating doctor to consider for you.
We are on your team when you’re done treating. When it’s time to put together a settlement demand to the at-fault driver’s insurance company, we will know and understand what you went through during treatment because Breckan will be communicating with you throughout – resulting in superior settlement demands and higher settlements.
We are on your team when we go to trial. If we can’t get the insurer to offer a fair settlement, we will be your champions before, during, and after trial. Breckan has trial experience, and is comfortable in front of a jury. We will make sure that you know what is happening and are comfortable at each stage of litigation. We strive for excellent outcomes – but it is also important to support our clients throughout the process.
Personal injury consultations are complimentary, and we work on a contingency fee structure (no fee up front, no fee if we don’t recover for you).
Breckan Law PLLC