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Mistakes Many People Make When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

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Many people forget that they must be thoughtful when choosing an attorney after a personal injury, as this is somebody who is working to help you obtain compensation for a wide variety of losses following an accident. It is not uncommon for individuals to make a variety of common mistakes when they are going through the West Virginia personal injury process. Today we want to focus on some common mistakes that parties make and how they can be avoided.

Ensuring You Don’t Make Common Mistakes When Choosing an Attorney 

Don’t choose an attorney based on one phone call alone. Things might sound promising from the first phone call with your prospective personal injury attorney, so why not? The truth is, there is more to a successful personal injury claim than a bunch of promises. Before you retain a personal injury attorney, you should treat these matters much like an interview. By finding out more about the attorney’s knowledge and skills before you utilize their services, you can find out more about their qualifications and what should be expected of them when you work through every aspect of the legal process. Now is the time to ask questions so that you make the best decisions in an attorney. 

Make sure that your attorney actually specializes in personal injury cases. What is the point of choosing a personal injury attorney if they do not specialize in personal injury law? You want to ensure that this is your attorney’s main focus and that they are actually working to help you gain proven results at this time. You want to ensure that your attorney is credible amongst many different parties such as judges, defense attorneys, insurance adjusters, and many others who work in this area of law. 

Don’t hire an attorney who guarantees you certain results. Yes, it is okay to have a specific idea of a settlement in mind, but you don’t want to choose an attorney who makes promises that they might not be able to keep. There are many factors that play a role in these cases for an attorney to make an exact guess of what you are going to get. Allow your attorney to give you a better understanding of your case so you have an idea of what to expect, but do not accept promises. 

Mistakes Many People Make When Hiring a Personal Injury AttorneyIf your attorney won’t go to trial, don’t choose them. Your insurance adjuster might make too low of an offer if they find out that there is no threat that you will go to trial. You don’t want to ‘accept less,’ so make sure your attorney is prepared for anything, even if it means a fight.

Make sure the attorney has a record of successful cases. You wouldn’t want to move forward with an attorney knowing that they have never won a case. If you know that your attorney has received results for many clients and has handled numerous claims similar to yours in the past, you are on the road to success.

Don’t hire an attorney who will turn you over to an assistant. You don’t want your case to be handled halfway by an attorney and then placed in the hands of an assistant. This is why it is important to find an attorney who will handle your claim from start to finish so that things stay consistent.

How Our West Virginia Personal Injury Attorneys Can Help 

Our attorneys at Katz Kantor Stonestreet & Buckner understand that one of the most difficult parts of any personal injury claim is choosing your attorney. Will a variety of skills and knowledge to apply to the cases of those who have been injured in West Virginia car accidents, we understand where you are coming from and want to assist you every step of the way. Please reach out to us for the help you deserve with your claim at 304-431-4050.

Katz, Kantor, Stonestreet & Buckner, PLLC is located in Princeton and Charleston, WV and serves clients in and around such cities as well as southern West Virginia including but not limited to the counties of Mercer, McDowell, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Kanawha and Wyoming.

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