Top Five Things to Look For in a Personal Injury Lawyer
Every year, car accidents kill or seriously injure millions of Americans. Especially in places like New York City, these victims have a number of options in terms of legal representation. Sometimes, there are so many choices that it is difficult to choose an attorney.
The stakes are high. While substantial compensation is available, insurance companies do not simply give away this money. In fact, these companies have large groups of lawyers who are committed to minimum compensation for victims. So, to level the playing field, you need a very good New York personal injury attorney who is committed to maximum compensation for victims.
Experience in Personal Injury Litigation
This first quality is perhaps the most important one. There is no substitute for experience, and your car crash claim is no time for on-the-job training. But years of experience only tell part of the story.
Your attorney should be experienced in New York car crash claims. These claims have a number of procedural and evidentiary rules. Many of these rules are unwritten.
Additionally, your lawyer should have substantial trial experience. These aggressive lawyers often obtain favorable settlement arrangements. Simply stated, insurance companies are afraid to face these lawyers in court.
Dedication to Personal Injury Law
On a similar note, a car crash attorney should be dedicated to car crash cases. A general practice lawyer, or a transactional attorney, may have a lot of experience, but not possess the qualities you need. When your foot hurts, you do not go see an oncologist, even though both these people are doctors and an oncologist may have more experience than a podiatrist.
At the same time, a one-trick only lawyer should probably be avoided. There is usually strength in diversity.
So, your personal injury lawyer should probably devote at least half of his or her practice to injury cases. A quick look at the lawyer’s website should provide the answer you need.
Location to You
If you were injured in an accident, physically getting around is challenging, especially on a bad day. So, if the lawyer is in another borough, physical location could be a problem.
So, your attorney should be close to your residence or workplace. Additionally, your attorney should be willing to meet you outside of the office. These remote visits are not quite as good as office visits, but they are pretty close.
Accessibility to You
If the attorney has few clients, that may mean the attorney is inexperienced, has a poor bedside manner, or is simply not a very good lawyer. At the opposite end of the scale, if the lawyer has many clients, the attorney may treat your case like a number.
So, it’s important to strike a balance. Your attorney should be skilled enough to handle all aspects of your case, and have the time necessary to do things right.
Reputation of Winning PI Cases
There are not many “ambulance chaser” lawyers in Manhattan with poor reputations, but these attorneys do exist. No one takes these people seriously. That includes the insurance company lawyers whom they negotiate with.
Instead, your attorney should have a solid reputation in the community. Look at online reviews, check for disciplinary history, and ask the lawyer about community involvement.
Work with an NYC Car Accident Attorney
Choosing the right lawyer is a big decision, but you should choose quickly. For a free consultation with an experienced NYC car accident lawyer, contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. You have a limited amount of time to act.
In over a decade of legal practice, Attorney Michael Redenburg began his career defending cases for the clients of insurance companies. Initially defending no-fault claims at a Long Island-based law firm, he then moved on to a Manhattan-based firm where he defended the clients of insurance carriers in an auto accident and premises liability matters.