Personal injury accidents, such as car accidents, slip-and-fall events, and more, can result in significant injuries. Medical bills lost wages and other financial consequences can add to the severe impact of the event. In some cases, affected individuals may not be able to receive the full level of medical care that they require because of finances. This may jeopardize their well-being, their ability to work going forward, and more.
Under the law, those who are responsible for causing the accident through negligence or intentional actions can be held financially liable for their actions or inactions. A personal injury lawsuit may result in monetary compensation that ultimately pays for essential medical care and improves the victim’s quality of life going forward. Damages awarded may come from the liable party, an insurance company, or both.
While there are numerous personal injury lawyers serving the Long Island area, the experience they provide and the results they generate could vary. Finding one who is properly credentialed is critical for the most optimized outcome. What are the important factors to look for when selecting a personal injury lawyer?
Specialization and Experience
Hiring a skilled lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases is crucial. Keep in mind that there are many areas of personal injury law. These range from medical malpractice to workplace injuries, auto collisions, and more. Because of the specific nuances of these various niches, hiring a lawyer with a significant level of experience in that niche area may prove to be helpful.
Some personal injury lawyers market their services throughout a large region or even across an entire state. However, their office may be several hours away from many of their clients. The ability to meet with a personal injury lawyer face-to-face and to consult with him or her in a professional environment is important. In addition, a local lawyer may have specific experience with the local courts and a known reputation in the community.
A personal injury case may be the most pressing event in a victim’s life, and it can have far-reaching effects that impact that individual for years, decades or a lifetime. Communication between the personal injury lawyer and the client throughout all stages of the case is important. The client should always be aware of the status of the case and of new developments. The level of communication received prior to, during and after the initial consultation can be a strong indicator of the level that will be provided throughout the case.
Payment and representation agreements will need to be signed upfront. These can be lengthy and complicated with extensive legal jargon that the layperson may not fully understand. Inquiring about the caveats of the agreements can provide some indication of the level of communication that can be provided throughout the case. It can also clarify the terms that are being agreed to.
Fees are inevitably an important part of legal representation. Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis. This means that they do not collect a fee until and if the client receives compensation related to the case. However, others may charge an hourly fee or have another pay structure. In some cases, personal injury lawyers will establish a payment plan.
Request a Consultation
The best way to learn more about a personal injury lawyer and to gauge the experience that you will have if you choose their representation is through an initial consultation. At the Parker Waichman Long Island office, you will have the opportunity to get all of your questions answered during a one-on-one meeting. Schedule your consultation at the Parker Waichman Long Island office today.