When you need a personal injury lawyer, you should look for one whose practice focuses on personal injury cases. If a lawyer handles many different kinds of legal matters, he might lack sufficient experience in any particular area of law because he has spread himself too thin. Here are some additional factors you should look for in a personal injury lawyer:
The Lawyer Acts in the Best Interest of the Client
You want a lawyer who listens to you and cares about what happens to you. Your lawyer should never make you feel like a number. Some personal injury lawyers only care about getting new clients in the door and settling their cases for less than they deserve because the lawyer wants quick money.
At S. Burke Law, we treat our clients like family. We deliver personal, attentive service. We fight hard to get you all the compensation that you deserve.
Five Questions to Ask a Personal Injury Lawyer
You should talk with several personal injury lawyers before you decide who will represent you. Here are some of the questions you might want to ask the attorneys:
- Do you handle cases that are not personal injury?
You want a firm that devotes itself to helping injured people in a variety of types of personal injury cases. At S. Burke Law, we are a full-service personal injury law firm. Focusing on personal injury allows us to amass a great deal of experience in the skills that you need.
- Have you handled cases like mine? If so, what were the outcomes?
It is vital to know your lawyer’s track record on similar cases.
- What can I expect during my case?
Although there are many factors that can affect how long the case will take and whether it will settle or go to trial, your lawyer should be able to explain the general sequence of events so that you will know what to expect.
- What are the chances that I will win?
The lawyer cannot make guarantees because the nature of litigation is unpredictable. Too many things are outside of the lawyer’s control. Nonetheless, your lawyer should be able to point out the strengths of your case and tell you about any aspects that could cause problems.
- What is your standard approach to communicating with your clients?
Some personal injury lawyers take cases, and then the client does not hear from the lawyer again for many months. The client gets nervous because he wonders if the lawyer is taking any action on the client’s behalf. At S. Burke Law, we enjoy communicating with our clients. We keep you informed of significant developments in your case.
You need to feel comfortable with your lawyer and be confident that your case is a priority.
Types of Cases the Lawyer Handles
You want to make sure that the lawyer handles the kind of case that you have. For example, if you got hurt in a car accident, but the law firm only handles medical malpractice claims, that lawyer will not be a good fit for your case.
At S. Burke Law, we handle many different types of personal injury cases, including:
- Motor vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, bus, and RV accidents. These cases can include things like failure to yield, rear-end collisions, head-on crashes, left-turn accidents, drunk driving, whiplash, uninsured motorist, hit and run, and distracted driving.
- Pedestrian accidents, if a motor vehicle hit you.
- Slip and fall or trip and fall on someone else’s property.
- Assault and battery, for which both the attacker and a third party like a property owner might be liable.
- Negligent security, if the property owner’s inadequate security contributed to your getting injured.
- Premises liability, if you were hurt on someone else’s property due to no fault of your own.
- Workers’ compensation, if you got hurt on the job or contracted an illness because of your employment.
If you do not see your type of case on that list, call us at (404) 842-7838 to find out if we can help you.
How Much the Lawyer Charges
You need to find out how much it will cost before you agree to have the attorney handle your case. You do not want to have an unpleasant surprise down the road.
At S. Burke Law, we handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay upfront legal fees. We only get paid when you win. Our fees come out of the settlement or verdict at the end of your matter.
How to Get Legal Help for Your Personal Injury Claim
You do not have to take on the insurance company by yourself. You can devote your energy and attention to getting better while we take care of your legal matters. We care about our clients and what happens to them, and we want you to know what to look for in a personal injury lawyer so that you can make the best decision for you and your case.
Call S. Burke Law today at (404) 842-7838 for a case evaluation at no charge.