Five Things to Look For When You Hire a Lawyer in Kentucky

by | Mar 8, 2022 | Firm News

The 2020 coronavirus lockdowns and travel restrictions decreased vehicle traffic by over 400 billion miles. Yet the number of car crash fatalities in Kentucky hit a 13-year high in 2020. As pandemic limitations have eased, the vehicle collision fatality rate has, unfortunately, not decreased very much. The bad habits drivers picked up during the lockdowns, such as speeding and driving while impaired, are difficult to break.

These victims and survivors need compensation for the sky-high medical bills and other economic losses that these incidents cause. Normally, group health insurance policies don’t cover injury-related costs. Additionally, victims and survivors deserve compensation for their emotional distress and other noneconomic losses. No one should have to endure pain and suffering they did nothing to cause.

Plenty of lawyers are willing and able to help victims in these situations. But only the best Lexington personal injury attorney should handle your valuable claim. The aforementioned damages are usually quite high in these cases, so there is a lot at stake. Social media feedback is often misleading. Anyone can say anything on the internet. Instead of relying on reviews, there are some things families can look for during their initial consultations that enable them to distinguish the best of the lawyers from the rest of the lawyers.

Overall Experience

Law school teaches individuals to think like lawyers. Only experience teaches individuals to act like lawyers.

There’s a difference between experience and a successful track record, a value many lawyers tout. Many attorneys only take simple personal injury cases. They refer the harder ones to other lawyers. It’s pretty easy to win a significant proportion of your cases in this scenario.

Nevertheless, the experience is valuable. It’s just not as valuable as trial experience, which is next on our list. Even routine cases involve settlement negotiations. Since most injury claims settle out of court, such experience is significant. Attorneys must know when to stick to their guns and when to compromise during settlement talks.

Trial Experience

Many lawyers, even Lexington personal injury lawyers, practice law for many years yet hardly ever go to court. Instead, they look for the easy way out. As mentioned, they sometimes only accept the easy cases. Furthermore, they often settle cases too quickly or for less than maximum compensation.

If claims settle too quickly, the settlement might not reflect all probable future medical expenses. If that’s the case, the victim could be financially responsible for these charges. Unfortunately, some lawyers don’t care much about tomorrow. They only care about today.

Maximum compensation means compensation for all losses, and not just some of them. Attorneys should not be so eager to avoid trial that they are willing to accept low-ball offers.

Dedication

There’s a significant difference between experience and dedication. The late Grant Cooper, who defended RFK assassin Sirhan Sirhan, is a good example. Cooper was a very capable lawyer when he took on the Sirhan case in 1968. But the judge appointed him mostly because Cooper was a celebrity lawyer who could handle the spotlight. Possibly due to his lack of dedication to criminal defense, Cooper may have missed some weaknesses in the state’s case against Sirhan.

If your foot hurts, you go to a dedicated podiatrist, not a general practitioner. So, if you or a loved one was in an accident, you need an accident lawyer, not a general practice lawyer. It doesn’t matter how flashy s/he is.

Accessibility

After a serious injury, simply getting around from a physical standpoint is often challenging. That’s especially true since a serious crash often destroys the family car. So, your lawyer should be relatively close. Driving across town and back for every meeting might be okay for a while, but it gets old fast.

Furthermore, your attorney should be personally accessible. If you often speak with a gatekeeper, there is a good chance that your attorney has delegated much of the work on your case to someone else.

Size

On a related note, a very large law firm might not be a good choice. Typically, the big-name lawyers in these firms assign most work to less-experienced associates or even non-lawyer paralegals. The big-name lawyer maybe oversees the case, but that’s about it.

However, do not go too far the other way. Insurance companies have vast resources. Your lawyer should have some resources as well. These resources include people, like investigators, and physical tools, like the latest office technology.

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