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Title: Should You Only Work With A Personal Injury Lawyer? 3 Questions To Ask


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Should You Only Work With A Personal Injury
Lawyer? 3 Questions To Ask
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Lets say youve just had an accident and you
need to hire a lawyer. Your first choice is to
hire a personal injury lawyer, but your cousin is
an employment lawyer and feels he can help you.
What should you do? Before you decide, you need
to ask your prospective lawyer three
questionsFirst Question In which area of law
do you specialize?
3
Whenever you hire a lawyer, you want to work with
someone you trust. It can therefore be tempting
to hire your cousin the corporate lawyer, even
though you need a personal injury lawyer. Sure,
he doesnt specialize in personal injury per se,
but hes family and you know hell have your
interests at heart.
4
The issue with this common scenario is that a
lawyer who doesnt specialize in personal injury
law, regardless of how good their intentions are,
are not as likely to negotiate as good a
settlement as had you retained an actual personal
injury lawyer.In the legal profession, all good
lawyers have a basic understanding of most areas
of the law. For example, I might know a little
about family law and corporate law and I might be
a fair litigator.
5
So yes, if a cousin came to me with a question
about child support I could answer it on a very
basic legal level. But if he or she had a lot of
questions or were seeking serious legal advice,
Id refer them to a trusted family lawyer.A
lawyer who specializes in a certain area is going
to be up to date on recent court outcomes, have
existing relationships with others in their field
(an important consideration when entering into
negotiated settlements) and will have experience
working through both common and rare scenarios.
6
So in the case of my cousin needing a family
lawyer, as much as I would want to help them, I
wouldnt take the case itd be a disservice to
them and family relationships are challenging
enough!2nd Question To Ask Do You Have
Experience With A Case Like Mine? At this
point, Ill assume that youve decided to work
with a personal injury lawyer (good decision) and
perhaps youve met with a few who are willing to
take your case. Before choosing with whom to
work, Id heartily recommended you take a look at
their score sheet.
7
You want to ask them if theyve worked on cases
like yours before and, if so, what happened.
Youre looking for a winning track record.You
see, even in personal injury law, there are areas
of focus. For example, I focus a lot on long-term
disability claims and motor vehicle accidents. I
dont do quite as much slip and fall or dog bite
work, but I do know other personal injury lawyers
who do nothing but slip and fall and dog bites.
8
If a client comes to me with, say, a spinal cord
injury or a head injury suit, Im prepared that
theyre going to ask me how many of those cases
Ive worked on and won. And if they forget to
ask, I offer it up anyways.
9
There is an element of unofficial consumer
protection when it comes to personal injury
lawyers who charge only when they win a case If
I dont think I can win a case because I dont
have the experience or any other reason I
wont take it on. If I want to keep my practice
alive, I can only take on those cases I believe
will be successful.
10
But if youre chatting with a lawyer who works on
a monthly retainer, thats a different situation
because the lawyer will make money your money
whether you win or lose. Buyer beware. 3rd
Question To Ask Do You Know How the Defendant
Thinks? This is a tougher thing to determine. In
the case of personal injury law, what youre
really asking is Do you know how insurance
companies think?
11
A brand new lawyer, while heartfelt and
motivated, probably wont have a clue how
insurance companies think unless they worked at
an insurance company before becoming a lawyer. It
takes time to develop that level of
understanding. If youre working with a big firm
and meet with a junior lawyer, youll want to
find out if that junior lawyer is leading the
case (there may or may not be a senior lawyer
involved) and make your decisions accordingly.
12
The nice thing about a smaller firm is you only
meet with the lawyer who is leading your case. In
my firm, I do all the legal work so Im the only
lawyer you need to ask about. I used to do
defense for insurance firms so I know exactly how
they think and what we need to provide for them
to be willing to negotiate at a certain level.
13
Once the negotiations open, Ive often worked
with the negotiators a number of times. This is a
good thing! Adversarial relationships between
lawyers are the stuff of John Grisham novels, but
they dont work in real life. In real life, you
want to have open lines of communications and
create an environment where all sides are simply
trying to do whats right for the client and
respectful of the law.http//derekwilsonlaw.ca/
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Title: Should You Only Work With A Personal Injury Lawyer? 3 Questions To Ask


1
Should You Only Work With A Personal Injury
Lawyer? 3 Questions To Ask
2
Lets say youve just had an accident and you
need to hire a lawyer. Your first choice is to
hire a personal injury lawyer, but your cousin is
an employment lawyer and feels he can help you.
What should you do? Before you decide, you need
to ask your prospective lawyer three
questionsFirst Question In which area of law
do you specialize?
3
Whenever you hire a lawyer, you want to work with
someone you trust. It can therefore be tempting
to hire your cousin the corporate lawyer, even
though you need a personal injury lawyer. Sure,
he doesnt specialize in personal injury per se,
but hes family and you know hell have your
interests at heart.
4
The issue with this common scenario is that a
lawyer who doesnt specialize in personal injury
law, regardless of how good their intentions are,
are not as likely to negotiate as good a
settlement as had you retained an actual personal
injury lawyer.In the legal profession, all good
lawyers have a basic understanding of most areas
of the law. For example, I might know a little
about family law and corporate law and I might be
a fair litigator.
5
So yes, if a cousin came to me with a question
about child support I could answer it on a very
basic legal level. But if he or she had a lot of
questions or were seeking serious legal advice,
Id refer them to a trusted family lawyer.A
lawyer who specializes in a certain area is going
to be up to date on recent court outcomes, have
existing relationships with others in their field
(an important consideration when entering into
negotiated settlements) and will have experience
working through both common and rare scenarios.
6
So in the case of my cousin needing a family
lawyer, as much as I would want to help them, I
wouldnt take the case itd be a disservice to
them and family relationships are challenging
enough!2nd Question To Ask Do You Have
Experience With A Case Like Mine? At this
point, Ill assume that youve decided to work
with a personal injury lawyer (good decision) and
perhaps youve met with a few who are willing to
take your case. Before choosing with whom to
work, Id heartily recommended you take a look at
their score sheet.
7
You want to ask them if theyve worked on cases
like yours before and, if so, what happened.
Youre looking for a winning track record.You
see, even in personal injury law, there are areas
of focus. For example, I focus a lot on long-term
disability claims and motor vehicle accidents. I
dont do quite as much slip and fall or dog bite
work, but I do know other personal injury lawyers
who do nothing but slip and fall and dog bites.
8
If a client comes to me with, say, a spinal cord
injury or a head injury suit, Im prepared that
theyre going to ask me how many of those cases
Ive worked on and won. And if they forget to
ask, I offer it up anyways.
9
There is an element of unofficial consumer
protection when it comes to personal injury
lawyers who charge only when they win a case If
I dont think I can win a case because I dont
have the experience or any other reason I
wont take it on. If I want to keep my practice
alive, I can only take on those cases I believe
will be successful.
10
But if youre chatting with a lawyer who works on
a monthly retainer, thats a different situation
because the lawyer will make money your money
whether you win or lose. Buyer beware. 3rd
Question To Ask Do You Know How the Defendant
Thinks? This is a tougher thing to determine. In
the case of personal injury law, what youre
really asking is Do you know how insurance
companies think?
11
A brand new lawyer, while heartfelt and
motivated, probably wont have a clue how
insurance companies think unless they worked at
an insurance company before becoming a lawyer. It
takes time to develop that level of
understanding. If youre working with a big firm
and meet with a junior lawyer, youll want to
find out if that junior lawyer is leading the
case (there may or may not be a senior lawyer
involved) and make your decisions accordingly.
12
The nice thing about a smaller firm is you only
meet with the lawyer who is leading your case. In
my firm, I do all the legal work so Im the only
lawyer you need to ask about. I used to do
defense for insurance firms so I know exactly how
they think and what we need to provide for them
to be willing to negotiate at a certain level.
13
Once the negotiations open, Ive often worked
with the negotiators a number of times. This is a
good thing! Adversarial relationships between
lawyers are the stuff of John Grisham novels, but
they dont work in real life. In real life, you
want to have open lines of communications and
create an environment where all sides are simply
trying to do whats right for the client and
respectful of the law.http//derekwilsonlaw.ca/
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