If you have a personal injury claim in New York City, losing in court can have catastrophic consequences in your life. It’s therefore very important to do your due diligence at the outset to find the attorney who is right for your case.
But a word of caution: It’s not always easy to find the right New York City personal injury lawyer.
Why is that?
In some ways, we are all victims of the ever-more complicated world we live in.
One of the reasons it’s difficult to find the right attorney is the ballooning number of law specialties. Modern technology has necessitated new areas of law practice because of new laws regulating technologies. Attorneys have had to become increasingly specialized.
It’s therefore doubly important that you go about your search armed with the knowledge of how to find the best attorney to handle your personal injury claim.
An important part of finding the best attorney for your case is asking the prospective attorney a lot of questions.
Adversarial situations such as a court case can be stressful and intense. Good communication between all parties involved on your side of the case is vital to the best outcome for you. That’s why it’s especially important that those who represent you are people you can communicate and work with.
A good way to find out how well you communicate with a lawyer is to simply ask him/her lots of questions in your initial interview.
Ask questions that will give you insight into the attorney’s experience, expertise and working methods.
Ask questions that will probe different aspects of your relationship with him/her should you decide to work together.
Pay attention to how well you communicate with each other in the initial interview. Make note of whether or not you are comfortable with the attorney’s interaction with you. Does he/she answer your questions to your satisfaction? Is the conversation comfortable? Is the attorney listening and fully engaged or distracted and hurried?
If there’s a good chance your personal injury claim will go to trial, be sure and hire an attorney with above-average time spent in the courtroom. There are attorneys who excel at paperwork but who are incompetent in the courtroom. You don’t want the paper pusher. You want an attorney who is clearly comfortable going to court and who won’t be bullied into settling out of court.
This is especially important for a personal injury claim. Insurance companies know which attorneys actually try cases in court and those who tend to settle out of court and this is a factor in how the insurance companies assess their risk in the case.
This is why the insurance adjustors always ask “Who is representing the plaintiff?”
As part of the psychological strategy of winning your personal injury case, the insurance company must believe that your attorney is fully prepared to take the case to trial.
The cost of the attorney services is obviously an important area of discussion.
If you need a New York personal injury lawyer, most will offer you a free initial consultation.
Some law firms advertise “No fee if no recovery” or “no win no fee”. These are usually for personal injury cases.
Injury cases are almost always handled on a contingent fee basis. A “contingent” fee means that there will be no attorney fee unless you win the case and some financial recovery.
These are just a few points to help you find the best New York personal injury lawyer to handle your personal injury claim.