In 2009, traffic crashes injured 5,330 Alaskans, while 64 others were killed. If you’ve been injured in a car accident or have suffered an injury on the job, call a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible so you can file a personal injury claim.
For serious injuries, you will need a personal injury attorney to fight for your case and win you the most amount of money possible. Often times, many injuries occur on accident, especially at work or on the road. In 2009, there were 261 traffic crashes every 100 million miles traveled, and many of these victims did not know who to turn to.
Here are a few tips and tricks about what to look for in personal injury lawyers and what you need to know about the claimant process:
- Their track record. A good personal injury lawyer will have clearly won more cases than lost. Feel free to check online and see if they have won any major cases.
- Number of cases. Experience is everything in this business. A personal injury law firm should be well-established and well advertised in your area. The lawyers in the firm should have plenty of cases under their belts.
- Similar cases. There were 8,991 hospitalizations in Alaska in 2012, and 44% of those were due to slip, trip, or stumble accidents. Ask your accident attorney if they have handled a case like yours before.
- Have they dealt with big cases? Sometimes a personal injury lawyer could be quite daunted by a million dollar personal injury case. Be sure to know if they’ve handled any large cases and, if they have, you know they will be calm and composed for your case.
- Maximum compensation. Did the attorney obtain the maximum amount of personal injury compensation for their last client, or were they satisfied with what they got, even though they knew they could have asked for more?
- Cases won. While viewing your attorney’s track record, note how many cases they have won out of how many were tried in court. Not all cases are taken to court, but if they are, that means they are in for a fight — making the job harder for the claimant and their attorney.
- Consultations. When having an initial conversation with your personal injury attorney, this should usually be free of charge. A good lawyer should know not to charge you for simply talking to them about your case. If they charge, you can always find a different one after you pay the fee.
- Ambulance chasers. If you receive a call, text, email, or letter in the mail from an injury attorney, be careful! Ambulance chasing is illegal in most states and these lawyers are simply after your money. Ask around for a good recommendation.
Understand that cases take time, and a lawyer should be very open and honest about what they think regarding your case. Honesty is a lawyers best quality, so take their advice to heart if they live up to par with the above qualifications.