If someone’s negligence has left you with serious injuries, you and your family may be facing a lot of uncertainty. You might find yourself unable to work and struggling to pay your medical bills and living expenses. And the insurance company may try to pressure you into accepting an unreasonably low settlement. With so much at stake, you need practical advice from an experienced injury attorney.
Sometimes, it’s difficult to cut through a lawyer’s advertising pitch and evaluate their reputation and track record. In this article, we’ll explain why an injury attorney’s track record matters and discuss how you can find the right lawyer for you and your loved ones.
Why Does an Injury Lawyer’s Track Record Matter?
During personal injury settlement negotiations, the insurance company won’t care about your lawyer’s marketing prowess or social media following. They’re only interested in whether your lawyer can take your case to trial and win.
Insurance companies aim to close injury claims as quickly and as cheaply as possible. When a victim hires the right lawyer, the attorney can increase an injury claim’s value with a careful investigation and detailed damage calculation. It’s also harder to pressure an accident victim into a speedy and unreasonably low settlement when they’re getting advice from an experienced lawyer.
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However, insurance companies also know not all lawyers are the same. Some lawyers try to take on and settle as many cases as they can, and many of these attorneys are more willing to accept low settlement offers. Other lawyers are known for thorough investigations and their willingness to take cases to trial.
Insurance companies collect detailed data about how different law firms and even different individual lawyers handle cases. This information allows the companies to form impressions about which lawyers will take cases to trial and which ones will settle a case cheaply, among other things. It also tells them which lawyers will go out of their way to investigate and uncover evidence that might help the victim.
When insurance companies come up against a formidable attorney who won’t hesitate to take a case to trial to get the best results for a client, the company is more likely to make a fair settlement offer. While every injury claim is different, lawyers with a proven track record of success tend to get better settlements and more compensation for their clients.
“While every injury claim is different, lawyers with a proven track record of success tend to get better settlements and more compensation for their clients.”
How to Evaluate an Injury Lawyer’s Track Record
When you meet with an injury lawyer, you need to determine if they’re a good fit for you and your case. You should consider their demeanor and whether you feel comfortable working with them, but you’ll also want to assess their reputation and their track record handling cases like yours.
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While it might sound difficult for the average person to evaluate a lawyer’s skills and experience level, it’s not as hard as you might think. To get started, find the answers to the following questions:
- How long has the lawyer has practiced law?
- Do they focus their practice solely on injury claims?
- Do they share client success stories and case results?
- Are they leaders in the local, state, and national legal communities?
- Do other lawyers refer accident victims to their law firm?
- How often do they take cases to trial?
If a lawyer is unwilling or unable to answer these questions, consider it a significant red flag. At Crosley Law, we’re always happy to answer these questions and help a client understand our cutting-edge approach to personal injury law.
How Does Your Lawyer Define Success?
There are many ways lawyers can define success. They can focus on settlement values and the amount they recover for accident victims. Or, attorneys can track how frequently they take cases to trial and win. While these measurements are all important, our team at Crosley Law takes a more holistic approach to success.
To our injury lawyers, success involves more than fair compensation for our clients and jury awards. A successful lawyer also has to deliver results efficiently, add value to their clients’ claims, and educate them about their legal options and the litigation process. And we also believe an injury lawyer should do everything they can to help a victim heal from their injuries and recover from the trauma they’ve suffered.
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To achieve these goals, we take a hands-on approach to client relationships and personal injury claims. Our attorneys are respected among peers and clients for their detailed investigations and use of cutting-edge research. But Crosley Law attorneys also take a deep interest in our clients’ welfare and recovery, checking up on them and keeping them up-to-date on their cases. And Crosley Law’s client happiness coordinator, Ruthie Foultz, works to ensure that every client gets the personalized attention and communication they deserve.
Crosley Law: Committed to Helping Injured Victims in Texas
At Crosley Law, we focus on serious injury claims, and we’ve built a national reputation for our aggressive, cutting-edge advocacy. To schedule a free initial consultation where you can get advice about your case, complete our online contact form or call us at 210-LAW-3000 | 210-529-3000. We’d love to listen to your story and help you understand your legal options at no cost to you.
The content provided here is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject.
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