None of us plan of being hurt. Whether it’s a car wreck or a wet floor you’ve taken a tumble on, accidents happen—often by no fault of our own. However, the consequences of these accidents can last for weeks, months, years, and even the rest of our lives. When you’re faced with mounting medical bills and extensive time out of work to recover from an injury that was not your fault or was, in fact, caused by the negligence of someone else, you are left with no other choice but to seek legal action.
It doesn’t make you “sue happy,” and it doesn’t mean you want a handout. It’s your legal right. Of course, attaining the results you want in taking legal action will be greatly dependent on the type of attorney you enlist to help you. If you are ever find yourself in the market for an attorney, here are some aspects you should keep in mind.
1. Winning record
There are thousands of plaintiff lawyers across the state, so there’s truly no reason to involve yourself with an attorney without credible experience. You’ll want an attorney with a track record of searchable judgments. Ask about their experience is and request past verdicts to help you understand just how good he/she is at their job.
Past successful verdicts don’t guarantee a successful outcome on your case, but they certainly do provide you a comprehensive look at the competency and experience of the firm or attorney you may be considering.
According to longtime attorney and former U.S. Marine Ed Rowan of Taylor Martino, P.C., having a fighter’s spirit is critical in being a successful attorney. “As a former Marine—as you may know there are no retired Marines—I’ve got a background that gave me a mindset to never quit. I have pride in my work and I look for the positives in any situation,” he says.
Just as the attorney must be persistent in the pursuit of justice, so must the plaintiff himself/herself as the wronged party. “I have all this enthusiasm that I want to always channel in the right direction—I think this is something that makes me a successful attorney today,” says Rowan. “You just can’t make it through some of the challenges of being hurt or out of commission if you’re a quitter. I always ask my clients, ‘Are you fighting? Can you continue to fight?’ because I’m dug in this for the long haul when I take their case and I want them to be in it with me from start to finish.”
While there is often physical and emotional strife involved in moving through your case, Rowan notes that perspective can make all the difference. “I often find myself telling the folks I represent that I hate that I’m meeting them under such circumstances and that I know it’s tough, but we can make the best out of a bad situation. I try to approach it from the most positive angle possible and stay the course.”
Many personal injury cases are require multiple attorneys for an all-hands-on-deck approach. At Taylor Martino, multiple lawyers, paralegals, and several support staff work on cases to ensure that no stone is left unturned.
More resources simply equal better bottom-line results. Firms with plenty of people on hand mean more eyes and ears to handle each case, with more perspectives and various levels of experience. For the team at Taylor Martino, this means over 30 years of reputable experience.
Accolades matter. The best law firms will have a laundry list of accomplishments that are easy to find out about. For instance, several Taylor Martino attorneys have made the Super Lawyers list or have had the distinction of being on the Rising Stars list. Client reviews should also always be readily available on a firm’s website or Facebook page. These reviews will give you firsthand knowledge of the kind of attorney you can expect when you enlist their services.
5. Fee policy
The first thing you should expect with any plaintiff attorney worth his/her salt is a fee policy explaining that your attorney(s) won’t be compensated until you are. This type of guarantee ensures that you aren’t hit with fees throughout the process of your representation. Additionally, this type of fee policy means your lawyer works hard to get you paid as that’s the only way he/she is getting paid.
A free consultation is another must when it comes to selecting the right attorney to represent you in a personal injury case. The free consultation is the hallmark of any compassionate, decent plaintiff firm.
“Even if you can’t stand law suits or plaintiff lawyers or injured people bringing about claims but you unfortunately find yourself lumped into that injured person category, just come talk to me,” says Rowan. “There are absolutely no strings attached. Just see what I have to say—there’s no charge. It’s just about receiving free information that you can choose how to use for yourself. If you’re comfortable, I’d be honored to help you.”
Being subjected to an injury, a permanent disability, or even the loss of a loved one due to negligence of another are realities no one wants or deserves. However, you do have rights and options in the aftermath of these terrible situations. If you’ve suffered an injury or disability through no fault of your own, seek advice from the experts at Taylor Martino during a FREE consultation by clicking here now or calling 1-800-256-7728 today.