What should I look for in a personal injury attorney?

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Being involved in an accident that is caused by someone else’s negligence is a very stressful situation for most people. In most cases, a personal injury attorney should be hired right away. The longer that an accident victim waits, the harder the case becomes to prove. In addition, there are time limits that must be followed in order to obtain compensation.

Most accident victims are uncertain about what to look for in a personal injury attorney. Probably the most important factor to consider is experience. Well-seasoned attorneys will not only do better in negotiating for a larger settlement or verdict (if the case goes to trial), they are also taken more seriously by insurance companies. Insurance companies may be willing to offer a bigger settlement rather than face a seasoned attorney.

You should also look at what type of trial experience your firm has. Some firms want to avoid the work involved in a trial and will avoid going to trial at all costs. This could lead the firm to settle a case for far less than what it is worth in order to avoid a trial.

You should also look at what type of personal injury cases your firm handles. Many have sub-specialties such as motorcycle accidents or airplane crashes. If an attorney works one type of case primarily, that attorney will be more comfortable with the law and more likely to do well on the case.

Consider what the attorney charges. Virtually all personal injury attorneys will take a portion of the settlement or verdict awarded. Many attorneys charge similar percentages, but it is worth shopping around to make sure you are getting a fair deal.

Finally, you should choose an attorney with whom you feel comfortable. You could potentially be spending a lot of time with this person, and you will want to find someone you work well with.

If you are looking for a personal injury attorney to handle and accident case in Houston, call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We can help. Call us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.

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