It is an unfortunate fact, but many of us will find ourselves in need of a personal injury attorney at some point in our lives. It’s estimated that one in 10 people will be involved in some type of accident that may require litigation in order to recover proper compensation.
When an accident occurs, you will have numerous choices regarding representation in the case. First of all, be aware that a personal injuries attorney does not require any fees or payments to begin representing you. They will only take your case if they believe they have a good chance of winning. And also, they know they will only get paid if they do win. In an agreement you sign when they take your case you agree to split the award with them. Usually the lawyer will receive 30 to 60% of any award of compensation.
But the real choices you will face when choosing a lawyer is whether or not to hire a personal injury law firm which has many lawyers involved, or to retain a standalone personal injuries attorney. The advantages of hiring a law firm is that they usually have more experiences and also more resources when it comes to aggressively trying a personal injury lawsuit case. The advantages for hiring a standalone attorney for an accident case is that usually you will get more personal service from them.
Also be aware that the standalone lawyer may have lower fee requirements then the larger law firm. The reason for this of course is that the injuries law firm often has higher expenses and costs that they must cover during the litigation. Understand also that the amount of the award could be significantly higher if you choose a personal injury litigation firm versus an individual lawyer. Because their expenses are higher, the firm may be more aggressive when seeking higher damages due to the accident he suffered.
Nonetheless, whichever you decide to use, always do your homework before signing on the dotted line. Always consult with your State Bar Association and see whether or not there have been any grievances or complaints filed against either the personal injuries law firm or the injuries attorney that you are thinking of hiring. Of course any lawyer who is been in business for any length of time will have some complaints filed. That is just the nature of the law business. However, if there seems to be a pattern of many grievances in filings against the attorney or lawyers within the law firm, you may be best to consult with a West Covina personal injury lawyer.