Three Qualities to Look For in a Lexington Personal Injury Attorney

by | Aug 10, 2021 | Car Accidents

In 2019, American insurance companies collected over $1.3 trillion in premiums. As a result, these companies have almost unlimited resources with which they can fight car wreck and other injury claims in court. Money is usually the only thing that matters. If it’s cheaper to fight the claim than pay it, insurance companies usually choose the first alternative. That’s especially true since they do not want to set a negative financial precedent.

An individual Lexington car wreck lawyer cannot possibly match these resources. But David took down Goliath on the field of battle. So, an individual lawyer can take down an insurance company in a court of law. Victims simply need to know the right things to look for during their search for a lawyer. Your search must be diligent, but it also must be fast. Victims have a limited amount of time to act in these situations.

Experience

This quality is probably the most important quality to look for. Generally, law school teaches people how to think like lawyers. Most schools teach students how to think linearly, like adding two plus two to get four or putting sentences together to form a paragraph. Law school teaches students how to think conceptually. Lawyers must be able to fit seemingly random pieces of evidence together. 

However, law school does not teach students how to act like lawyers, at least for the most part. Communication is a good example. Many attorneys are fluent in Legalese, but their English is a bit suspect. If you talk to a lawyer and feel like you need an interpreter, you should probably keep looking.

Furthermore, most attorneys learn procedure once they begin practicing. That’s especially true in smaller states like Kentucky, where many rules are unwritten. Your personal injury claim is far too valuable to serve as an inexperienced lawyer’s on-the-job training platform.

You want more than a lawyer with several years of experience. Make sure the lawyer also has trial experience. Since most civil claims settle out of court, many attorneys fall into a bad habit of taking the insurance company’s first settlement offer. Yoru lawyer should not be looking for the easy way out.

Dedication

If your son needs help in math, you hire a math tutor instead of a tutor who does a little bit of everything. It’s interesting how many people ignore this basic principle when they look for an injury lawyer. Many victims assume that the lawyer who successfully handled their divorce can also manage their car crash claim.

Personal injury is not like other areas of law. Some areas of practice are, well, legal. The applicable law is pretty much the only thing that matters. But in personal injury, the evidence is usually more important than the law. Your attorney must not only know how to collect evidence. Presentation is important as well. These skills only come with a dedication to personal injury law.

Beware of lawyers who only handle a few injury cases on the side, mostly for friends or existing clients. These professionals may lack the skills, and more importantly the passion, which personal injury requires.

That being said, diversity is usually a good thing. Lawyers who handle several different kinds of cases, even if they are different kinds of injury cases, usually bring a unique perspective to their work.

Accessibility

Location doesn’t matter as much in this area as it does in real estate. But when you choose a lawyer, location still matters.

Frequently, personal injury victims have a hard time getting around, especially on a bad day. If your attorney is on the other side of town, it’s difficult to forge a close, working relationship. True, most attorneys are available for telephone and Zoom meetings. But these virtual encounters can’t substitute for face-to-face meetings.

Try to select a lawyer who is either near you or has an accessible office, like an office near a freeway intersection.

Your attorney should also be personally accessible. Some lawyers are so busy that they cannot give proper attention to individual cases. Worse yet, a busy lawyer may assign much of the legal work to a new associate or even a non-lawyer paralegal.

Beware the opposite as well. If an attorney has so few clients that the waiting room is always empty and you can get an appointment at the drop of a hat, that’s usually a bad sign.

Injury victims are usually entitled to substantial compensation. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Lexington, contact the Goode Law Office, PLLC. You have a limited amount of time to act. #goodelawyers