Why Choose a Lawyer Who Specializes in Personal Injury?
March 18, 2019
When you’re faced with taking legal action against an insurance firm, it’s essential to not only have an attorney on your side, but also for that attorney to be well-versed in the problem you are facing. Insurance companies typically have an entire team of lawyers working to build a case in their favor, which often means delegitimizing your experiences and minimizing the pain you’ve suffered. It’s hard to believe that these are common practices, but at Whiting Law, we see them every day. So, what’s your best defense? Working with a law firm that has a winning track record. And if you’ve been hurt, you should make the effort to seek out a lawyer who specializes in personal injury.
Why You Shouldn’t Represent Yourself
To some people, representing themselves in court (referred to as “pro se” litigation) seems like the only option the can afford. They may not be aware that many of the best law firms have some form of no-fee promise, meaning that if you hire them to bring your case to court and it isn’t successful, you don’t pay them attorney fees, which is the policy at Whiting Law. This ensures that no matter what happens, you can be confident that seeking justice won’t negatively affect your finances.
It is also true that opting for the pro se route puts you at a disadvantage compared to those who choose to utilize legal counsel. Even experts who have a history of understanding and working with the law must do extensive research to prepare for a case, so those without this background will have to perform many hours of study to develop a comprehension of how to handle a lawsuit. This presents a serious time demand and may actually hinder your recovery by causing stress. In contrast, a law firm will do all this difficult work for you, leaving you free to focus on physical and emotional healing.
Many of those who start on the self-representation route become overwhelmed with the complexities they encounter and begin to feel that the court system itself is stacked against them. Sometimes, people become frustrated and simply give up, and that is a shame, because they deserve a fair resolution but end up walking away without one.
The Benefits of a Specialist Lawyer
Once you’ve decided that working with an attorney is the right path for you, the next step is to determine which law firm you should hire. There are a variety of factors that go into this choice, which we’ve written about previously. One factor that’s worth mentioning again here is the benefit of having an attorney who has specific expertise in the area that your case falls into. Most lawyers choose to concentrate on a particular field (such as personal injury, estate planning, or intellectual property) because this allows them to become closely familiar with its particular laws and past cases in order to provide better service to clients. In addition, because they already have existing knowledge on the type of lawsuit you are bringing, specialist lawyers can end up being less expensive since they do not need to spend as much time researching the law.
It’s not difficult to find a lawyer who specializes in the field relevant to your situation; the firm’s website will include information on the types of cases they are experts in and examples of their past successes. Even when an attorney claims to be proficient in an area, it’s still a good idea to do a little of your own research – make sure they have some past cases for you to read and that they’re consistent with the specialization they assert. You wouldn’t go to a copyright lawyer for divorce help any more than you’d see a dermatologist to have a tooth filled.
Specialization at Whiting Law
Our law firm focuses mainly on personal injury cases. It’s a broad category that encompasses several subclasses, some examples of which include people who have been wounded in auto accidents, bitten by dogs, or hurt by defective products. You can learn more about what we do by reading some of our case results or client testimonials. If you believe your case fits into one of our fields of specialty, you’re welcome to contact us, and we’ll start building your case right away.