How To Find The Perfect Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer – Including Money Saving Tips

If you have ever been injured in an accident, it is crucial that you choose the right Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer. Your wrong choice could end up costing you a good deal of money. So, here are some great tips that you can use in obtaining the right man or woman for the job.

First I want to give you a basic description of what a Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer actually does. He or she is an individual who provides legal representation on behalf of those who have been injured physically, psychologically, or emotionally do to the negligence or wrongdoing of another individual, agency, government or entity.

Most Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer’s handle cases involving but not limited to automobile accidents, medical mistakes, work injuries, slip and fall accidents, and more. It is also of interest to take note that most of the cases and incidents handled by Personal Injury Lawyer’s reach a settlement rather than going to trial.

Ok, now that I have provided you with some basic information, let’s get started with some of the tips you will need in making an informed and wise decision on you’re or your family’s behalf. Remember the correct decision is one that saves you time, money, and suffering.

The very first and most important goal to keep in mind is to choose a lawyer who is first ethical and honest in his dealing with others and secondly motivated in getting the job done right. He is your legal representative and as such must have the skills and abilities required to fully accommodate and represent your needs. If he falls short, remember you are the boss so don’t be afraid to fire him.

During your initial consultation the Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer will listen and asses the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident that has befallen you. The initial consultation should be free, and provides an opportunity for you to ask questions, so don’t be afraid to ask them. This is also where you will determine how to pay for his services. Most lawyers work on a contingent fee bases, which means that the lawyer does not receive payment unless there is a settlement or verdict after trial in your behalf. He has to win in order to get paid, but in most cases it also means that even if you win a small amount of money he will charge you an extremely high rate, and in so doing makes up for cases that he has lost. So, be careful when choosing your lawyer and make sure that you pay close attention to your contract, as there might be hidden fees and unnecessary costs.

Another great resource in finding the perfect Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer is to ask around. You might have a friend or even a family member that has at some point in time obtained the services of a Brooklyn Personal Injury Lawyer and they might have useful information or would even be able to recommend a lawyer that fits your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask around, remember people are the only one true asset in life.

We all know that lawyers are notorious for charging high-rates and big fees every chance they get. So, I want to give you some great tips and tricks for getting around this huge obstacle.

Trick # 1

Check your local university – Most of the bigger universities in the U.S. have some sort of law program/school where you can go to receive some free information on the subject of Personal Injury Lawyers, and most of the time you might even be able to obtain the services of a law student working under the supervision of a licensed lawyer to help and/or work on your behalf.

Personal Injury Lawyers

If you have suffered injury, there is the need to find a personal injury lawyer. These days, there are hundreds of personal injury compensation lawyers out there. However, not every one of them are experienced, trustworthy and reliable. While selecting a lawyer to fully handle your case in court can be a personal decision, you need to make sure that you make the right choice.

Before choosing to seek an accident compensation claim, you have to find out about the lawyer’s consultation fees. Although some lawyers do offer free consultation fees, others don’t. In addition, you need to ask about the cost of their services. Usually, injury compensation solicitors make their earnings from a percentage of the compensation awarded towards the claimant.

After settling the amount that you need to pay for your injury compensation lawyer, you need to move ahead and be acquainted with the lawyer. Your first task should be to check out the lawyer’s rate of success. Consider getting a lawyer that has enough experience of handling cases that are related to yours. This should help you determine if the lawyer is right for you.

After establishing the experience of the lawyer, you need to know the kind of documents that’ll be needed for your case. Be sure to consult your lawyer when you have a feeling that you don’t have all the documents in position. Never disregard the importance of having all of your documents in position.

Personal Injury Lawyer

Getting a personal injury compensation lawyer is remarkably easy. A quick look at the local directory will certainly help you find a lot of solicitors in your town. However, you need to ensure that you get a lawyer who will work in your best interest.

The easiest method to find a reliable injury solicitor is through recommendations from friends and family. If your friend or household is happy to recommend an attorney to you, you’ll be able to be sure that the lawyer is both experienced and reliable. It would also be useful to find a lawyer who’s experienced in handling cases that are related to yours. You can also consider asking at the local courthouse for any list of approved solicitors. Additionally, you can approach the local bar association for referrals.

Once you have identified a couple of personal injury solicitors, you should schedule a meeting for the initial consultation. This is usually a free service that will offer you the chance to learn more about their knowledge, experience and costs. Never work with a lawyer who isn’t ready to meet you in person. Additionally, find out if he’s the one who will handle your case. If he is not, be sure to ask for a meeting with the one who will.

At Duncan Gibbins we always recommend that you talk to personal injury lawyers if you were involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault. An independent personal injury lawyer will be able to provide advice on all aspects of the claim for compensation and will be able to assist you to maximise your compensation.

Three Point Checklist for Hiring Personal Injury Lawyers

1. Personal Injury Lawyers – Areas of Expertise

Personal Injury Lawyers operate in a specific area of the law in the UK. They independently advise and represent clients from the beginning of the claims process through to the final verdict. There are various types of claim that fall under the remit of Personal Injury Lawyers. Some of these include:

  • Road Traffic Accidents that result in bodily injuries e.g. whiplash
  • Industrial Related Illnesses such as exposure to asbestos, chemical accidents and white finger caused by vibrations
  • Accidents/Illnesses caused in the Workplace including Slips & Trips, RSI or those sustained “on-site” in the construction industry
  • Accidents resulting in serious injury, such as back injuries
  • Medical Negligence

In general, when an injury has been sustained as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence, then a Personal Injury Lawyer will be able to help qualify a claim.

2. How to Find an Injury Lawyer

When hiring a Personal Injury Lawyer it is important to ascertain that they have experience in the type of claim that is being pursued and are based locally.

There are a number of legal firms who specialise in the Personal Injury sector. Reputable firms who specialise in any given sector, who are also local to the claimant can be sourced from an injury claims specialist, or claims management company. These companies can quickly clarify the potential of the claim in terms of whether it meets lawful criteria and is thus worthy of pursuit. Many of these specialists operate on a ‘No Win No Fee’ or ‘Conditional Fee Arrangement’ basis. If for some reason a claim doesn’t fall under this criteria it can still potentially be pursued through other channels.

An alternative to using a claims management company would be to independently research qualified and experienced lawyers in the claimant’s local area. This can be carried out on-line or by contacting other independent bodies for help and guidance such as the Citizens Advice Bureau.

3. Determining Eligibility of Claim

Many Personal Injury Lawyers can be hired under a ‘No Win No Fee’ arrangement. This means that if the case is unsuccessful the lawyer will not charge the client for their fees. In addition, if the case is successful the claimant usually still receives 100% of the damages, as the lawyer’s fees are recovered from the other side. This process was set up to ensure open and fair access to the legal system in order to help reduce issues of social exclusion. There are certain criteria that must be met for the claim to be pursued on a no win no fee basis.

In general, a claim should be raised in a reasonably timely manner (less than three years) and the injury received should have been caused directly or indirectly by another party’s negligence.

The purpose of the claim is to compensate the client financially for the other party’s negligence. The lawyer can help determine current and future financial losses, incorporating: the type and extent of injuries received taking into account physical, mental and emotional harm; medical expenses; the impact on quality of life; and loss of earnings. This will result in a Schedule of Loss that summarises the above into absolute financial amounts and will be used during the claims process to gauge the value of the amount of compensation being pursued by the claimant.

Personal Injury Lawyers – Checklist

  1. If an injury has been sustained then a Personal Injury Lawyer will have the experience to advise on the potential of the claim.
  2. A Personal Injury Lawyer can be contacted via a specialist claims management company, personal search, or from Government community legal services.
  3. Injury claims can often be pursued on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.