If you have suffered or are suffering from a personal injury, you may have a case against whoever caused the injury and may be able to receive compensation to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, or any and all other damages that occurred as a result of the injury. Finding an attorney you can trust to have the legal knowledge, skill, tenacity, and resources necessary to obtain the compensation you deserve can be difficult and overwhelming.
So, the question arises, how do you know if you’ve hired the right personal injury attorney? Searching for the “right” attorney can be overwhelming as there are so many to choose from and everyone claims to be the best. However, not all personal injury attorneys are equally skilled and experienced. Finding the “right” attorney to represent you is often the most critical factor in a successful recovery. So, how do you know what to look for? The following are a few essential traits that your attorney should possess.
Technical knowledge and experience are two essential traits necessary for effective representation. If your attorney lacks a clear grasp on the entire legal process, your case will not progress. Your attorney must have broad experience and extensive knowledge as to how the legal process works, the applicable areas of law, and the complexities necessary to effectively represent you. Also make sure to choose a lawyer with extensive experience in the courtroom. The lawyers with the experience, knowledge, and talent to present your case to a jury are the lawyers who are in the best position to settle your case without the need for a jury verdict. At Wilk Law, our highly skilled personally injury attorneys not only possess the experience and knowledge required to advocate on your behalf, we also go above and beyond to provide quality service throughout every aspect of your case.
Awareness, attentiveness, and exceptional customer service play an important role throughout your case. Pay attention to how your attorney treats you as a prospective client; that will give you a better idea of how they will treat you once they no longer have to “earn” your business. The attorney you hire should always make you feel that you are their priority. Whether it’s an email for an initial consultation, a phone call about a question in your case, or a text message with some last-minute information, your attorney should always be immediately responsive. You should never feel that you are an inconvenience to your attorney and you should always be treated with the utmost respect. At Wilk Law, not only are we available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days of the year, we also pride ourselves in responding immediately to any questions or concerns that any prospective or current client may have.
A skilled personal injury attorney will also be able to remember the details of your case, what stage your case is in, any issues that have arisen and how they are mitigating them, and what concerns you voiced the last time you spoke. If your personal injury attorney repeatedly forgets conversations or questions you’ve raised, it’s time to get a new attorney. The right personal injury attorney will answer most of your questions and do whatever is necessary to greatly reduce your stress and worry so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. The best personal injury attorney is willing to explain to you in detail the many intricacies of the personal injury claim process. Your attorney should not make decisions for you, rather you should be educated so that you can make informed decisions regarding your case in the best interest of you and your family. At Wilk Law, all our prospective and current clients are treated like family. Your needs are our priority and we are constantly available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. We immerse ourselves in our clients’ cases and ensure that we not only take the time to listen to your concerns but also to get you the answers you need.
It is crucial that the attorney you choose practices personal injury law exclusively. Many attorneys handle multiple different areas of law and can be a great jack of all trades, but masters of none. Most of these attorneys, due to lack of resources, time, and experience will not take their cases to trial. Insurance companies know this and will offer low settlements as a result. By hiring an attorney who does not specialize in just personal injury law, you risk the quality of your representation. At Wilk Law, we handle only personal injury claims, are always willing and ready to litigate in court if necessary and will never accept a lowball offer from the insurance company.
The attorney you hire should be upfront and honest with you starting with the initial consultation. Winning your case and obtaining compensation is never a guarantee, no matter how excellent of an attorney you are, so it is important for your attorney to honestly and accurately advise you of the potential strengths and weaknesses of your case. Beware of any personal injury attorney “guaranteeing” you a recovery or a multimillion-dollar verdict. These attorneys are most likely telling you information that you want to hear, not information that you need to hear. At Wilk Law, the best thing we can do for our clients is to use our broad experience and extensive expertise to give you a reasonable expectation for your case. We fight tirelessly to obtain you the most compensation possible, but we will also always give you our honest assessment.
Most importantly, hire an attorney who truly cares. The best personal injury attorneys view the law as a helping profession and not merely as a business. Many of the outstanding personal injury attorneys I have met, including myself, are motivated by the opportunity to solve problems for injured people and their families. A great personal injury attorney will do what is best for their injured clients and their families, even if this means working very long hours and taking a case to trial, and if necessary, to an appellate court. Beware of many attorneys who spend a large amount of money marketing on television, most of these attorneys have no reputation for success in the courtroom.
At Wilk Law, we provide our clients with exceptional legal service as well as constant care and compassion. Your case, and your well-being, are too important to be placed in the hands of a personal injury attorney who is not going to be attentive, honest, or on top of their game. If you are considering bringing a personal injury case, or if you think you deserve better representation, contact us today.